Common name: Giant Aristolochia
Height at maturity: climbing up to 5 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: climbing plant
Flowering: from August until autumn
Flower color: red and creamy white
Floor type: see description
Watering: see description
Use: see description
Diseases and Pests:-
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
This aristolochia is a subtropical climbing plant that grows rapidly. Its ornamental values are exceptional. Its superb dense and luxuriant exotic foliage and its strange large red/purple flowers which are veined with creamy white.
The plant grows producing long, twining stems that coil around any support they encounter.
Although its cultivation is preferable in a pot where it is easier to protect it from the cold, it is nevertheless possible to cultivate it in the ground in regions where temperatures do not drop below -1°C.
For optimal growth, a substrate composed of 50% horticultural soil, 30% garden soil and 20% sand or gravel for drainage is perfect.
Watering: keep the substrate moist in hot weather, in winter water every four days.
NB: the use of this plant presents a risk because it contains the toxin aristolochic acid.