Calico Dutchman's Pipe
Instead of purple-and-cream flowers, the very unusual flowers on calico Dutchman's pipe (Aristolochia elegans
) are larger in size and have a spotted purple coloration that resembles the pattern of calico fabric. It also has the attractive heart-shaped leaves. Instead of a vigorous vine that's hardy to USDA Zone 4, this twining vine is native to Brazil and is not as rampant. It also makes a quick cover for a trellis, to drape a porch or to grow along a fence in the vegetable garden. Place it in a highly visible area where garden visitors can see its intriguing blooms. Plant in partial sun or shade. Evergreen where hardy. This tropical version of the more cold-hardy Dutchman's pipe (A. macrophylla
) is native to South America. USDA Zones (8)9 to 11.