Aristolochia elegans

Calico Plant . The flowers, aptly described as ‘pipelike’ because they are bent like a tobacco pipe, are the most striking feature of all Aristolachias. Those of the Calico Plant, which is native to Mexico, are 10-12 cm (4-4 ¾ in) long with a markedly bent green tube which expands to a broad collar spotted with brownish-purple.

This is a very rewarding and decorative climber that is readily propagated from seed as well as by means of tip cuttings. It often bears flowers in the first year. It requires warm sunlight and a humid atmosphere. Aristolochias are also used to cover walls and arbours in the garden; the best species for this purpose is A. macrophylla.

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