Aristolochia elegans

Aristolochia elegans

Aristolochia elegans or Dutchman’s pipe is a climber with very attractive bright green foliage that can cover a screen very rapidly. It flowers abundantly with flowers of 7-8 cm in the form of a pipe, cream with purple spots.

Commons names:

Calico flower
Dutchman’s pipe
Elegant Dutchman’s Pipe
Pelican Flower
Pipe vine

Synonym:

Aristolochia littoralis

Origin:

South America, mainly Brazil

Hardiness:

Perennial in USDA zones 9 and 10
Annual in USDA zone 8: the plant will die above ground but sprout again next Spring

Soil:

Can grow in poor and sandy soils

Height:

2-3 m

Exposure:

Shade or semi-shade



Propagation:

Sowing and cutting, both very easy

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds for a couple of days in tepid water
  • sow in light soil
  • keep at 20-30 °C

Germination:

3 to 4 weeks

Repotting:

  • when the seedlings are big enough to handle
  • in pot or in the garden

 

Care:

  • doesn’t need a lot of water
  • can resist drought

Remark:

Toxic! Most aristolochias contain alkaloids which are very toxic to the kidneys! Symptoms vary from intense pain to death, depending on the absorbed dose. So don’t grow this plant if you have children or pets.

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