4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.
Aristolocia gigantea or Giant Dutchman's Pipevine or Pelican or Duck Flower is a unique, fast growing, semi tropical vine with large, unusual, oddly shaped, purple and cream mottled and veined flowers with a bright sun yellow vortex surrounded by an strange, unique, skin like petal-less calyces. The exotic flowers begin as strange elongated buds that are abot 6 inches wide by nearly a foot long, somewhat resemble the large tobacco pipes that are icons of the Dutch, or perhaps some strange and exotic Pelican/Duck like bird, nestled among large, palm sized, lush, medium green heart shaped leaves.
The Giant Dutchman's Pipevine is one of most popular of the more than 500 different cultivars of this strange, exotic, and interesting species. It is a robust, fast growing, twining climber. The buds and flowers are infinitely strange, mesmerizing and compelling, as the exotic flowers seem to be more alive in sense that is not normally seen in the plant kingdom.
When the odd buds have fully opened, the yellow vortex or mouth of the flower leads down into a long canal that can more easily be described as more suggestive of animal anatomy than plant.
This first impression is made a bit more impressive by the ingenious way this unique plant actually tricks flying insects into doing the critical pollination work necessary for its' reproduction. The flowers have an odd somewhat sweet, but not unpleasant, citrus like scent that is irresistible to the insect. Once the insect finds the flower (often already covered in pollen from other flowers). Once drawn through the sunny yellow mouth by the irrestible scent, the insect is inexorable moved downward through a long throat by stiff, slick, downward pointing hair like structures that compel the insect to keep moving downward, deeper and deeper in until it reaches a main stomach like chamber. Once deep inside the main chamber the insect cannot move about without brushing it's pollen covered head and body against the pollen receptor, as it moves about seeking a way out, which the stiff hair-like structures have now slightly raised to block.
This behavior explains the reason this interesting vine is frequently mislabeled as being carniverous. However it actually has no plans to make a meal of it's prisoner. The next day the flower will stop producing the attractive scent, and once it releases sticky pollen all over the captive, the hairs relax to allow the insect to escape.
The Giant Dutchman's Pipevine is attractive to butterflies, however we do not recommend this particular species for the serious hobbyist as it is thought to be toxic to the Pipevine Swallowtail larvea, but does successfully host other species.
||Brazlian Dutchmans Pipe, Giant Pelican Flower
||10 to 20 feet
||Mottled Purple and Cream
||Unique to the species
||9, 10, 11
||Odd, citrus like
||Unique, unusual, fast grower, quick shade, cover
||fence, trellis, support
||Frequently mislabeled as a carnivorous plant
Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape.
When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11. can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.
- Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
- Locate in lightly dappled shade to modest shade.
- Provide supplemental irrigation.
- Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter.
- Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
- Provide a support for the vine to wrap and climb.
- Protect from frost and freeze.