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Aristolochia jackii (Virginia dutchmanspipe; Virginia snakeroot)

Synonyms: Aristolochia hastata; Aristolochia tripartita; Aristolochia ungulifolia


Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Flower Type [2]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [2]  We have no specific details for this species but most members of this genus have poisonous roots and stems; The plant contains aristolochic acid, this has received rather mixed reports on its toxicity. According to one report aristolochic acid stimulates white blood cell activity and speeds the healing of wounds, but is also carcinogenic and damaging to the kidneys; Another report says that it is an active antitumour agent but is too toxic for clinical use; Another report says that aristolochic acid has anti-cancer properties and can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and that it also increases the cellular immunity and phagocytosis function of the phagocytic cells;
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Pollinators [2]  Flies
Structure [3]  Herb
Height [2]  20 inches (0.5 m)
Width [2]  20 inches (0.5 m)
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Protected Areas




Pollinated by 
Calliphora vomitoria (Blue bottle fly)[5]


North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
5Study of Northern Virginia Ecology