Aristolochia steupii     Woronow

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size

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max. 50 cm

perennial, tuberous, suberect herb

yellow with purplish-black edge and red venation

semi shade

20-30 °C in summer, > 0 °C in winter

> 60 %

constantly humid all year round

acidic

seeds (stratification period up to 4 years)

1 (1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


Aristolochia steupii often is found on the top of wishlists of Aristolochia enthusiasts.

It combines colourful flowers, relative hardiness and a compact growth. Quite an easy plant to grow as it originates from very humid forests and streams near the Black sea but (like other species of the pontica complex) a horrible plant to propagate.

The flowers are quite tiny compared to the related species though.