Aristolochia erecta     L.

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

 

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Erect Birthwort

~10-30 cm

tuberous, scrambling perennial herb

pale with spotted purple throat and a long, brown appendix

sunny conditions

20-45 °C in summer, > 8 °C in winter 

> 30 %

drought-resistant, water carefully!

alkaline

seeds (stratification period up to 2 years), root cuttings

3 (1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


If not in flower, this tiny plant just looks like grass with its unconspicuous foliage.

When flowering though, the size comparisons between flowers and leaves are very impressive though! This species is capable of storing its resources for the flowering period in irregularly shaped carrot-like underground organs.

 

Aristolochia erecta originates from arid regions of the southern USA and northern Mexico so these requirements similar to succulents need to be maintained for a successful cultivation.