This vigorous climber has remarkable, huge flowers which are less smelly than those of Aristolochia grandiflora. It can rapidly cover a wall or fence, and in fact can actually be used as an annual outside. On more mature plants the bark is cork-like and deeply grooved. The beautiful leaves are egg or heart-shaped and densely covered with white hairs on the underside. The outstanding dark red flowers have creamy-pink veins and netting with a bright orange throat, and resemble a Dutchman's pipe and can measure up to 30 cm long and 15 cm wide. They produce a distinctly unusual and rather unpleasant odour to attract pollinating flies. It thrives best in a sunny spot with summer shade and is frost hardy to just below freezing point, or use in a cool conservatory.
Sow seeds at any time onto a good soil-based compost covering seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. We recommend germinating at 15 to 20 degrees C. Germination may be very slow, perhaps 2-3 months, or sometimes much longer, and these seeds may sometimes wait for spring before emerging. Grow on individual seedlings in 3 inch pots before finally planting with climbing support in a well-drained spot or very large pot.
Common name:Brazilian Dutchman's Pipe, Giant Pelican Flower; Aristolochia sylvicola
Classification:Half hardy climber, Hardy climber
Packet Content:8 (Approx)