Common name: Aristolochia pelican flower
Origin: Central America
Height at maturity: climbing up to 5 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: climbing plant
Flowering: from August until autumn
Flower color: white green, brown purple veins
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 climbing plant native to Central America and the Caribbean.
It is an ornamental plant, with rapid growth, which is cultivated for its very large heart-shaped flowers which measure 25 centimeters. The flower is green/white with purple/brown veins.
Apart from being one of the plants with giant flowering, one of its characteristics is the smell of the flowers which smells like rotten feet…
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.