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Aristolochia Genus

Birthwort

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Aristolochia genus (Birthwort). These are evergreen or deciduous, woody-stemmed, twining and scrambling climbers. The leaves are heart shaped, and the flowers are tubular with a swelling at the base with a hood above. They are frost hardy to frost tender, with a min of 10-13C. They will needs well drained soil and partial shade in the summer; water regularly but less when not in full growth. You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer. Watch out for red spider mites and whitefly which may become a nuisance.

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Dutchman's pipe

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and flowers.

Cultivation

Provide support.

Propagation

Spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite and whitefly may be problematic.

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