Aristolochia – Birthwort

A fine, well-behaved climbing shrub, which should be grown mainly for its decorative foliage, for the flowers are usually hidden under the leaves.

Situation:

Against walls (it must be tied) or fences, over arbours or free-standing against a special climbing frame.

Soil:

Any standard garden soil is suitable. It will grow fairly slowly in the first few years.

Propagation:

From seed or by layering.

Aristolochia macrophylla syn Aristolochia durior, A. sipho, Dutchman’s pipe: Height to 10 m, with greenish-yellow, pipe-shaped flowers on long stems in late spring and early summer. They are very inconspicuous. The soft green heart-shaped leaves may grow to enormous size. Unfortu¬≠nately they drop in winter, leaving the branches bare.

Aristolochia - Birthwort

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