Aristolochia lindneri   Berger

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Lindner's Birthwort

20-50 cm

tuberous, scrambling perennial herb

brown-purple with yellowish appendix

sunny conditions

20-45 °C in summer, 10-15 °C in winter 

> 30 %

drought-resistant, water very carefully!

alkaline

seeds, cuttings

4 (1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


This Bolivian species is something very special in several aspects.

The massive flowers compared to the tiny foliage makes it one of the most attractive and spectacular ground-dwelling species I've come across.

Although most Aristolochia do not emit a pleasant smell, however, the odour released even by a single open flower of this species is enormously disgusting (and persistent!).

 

Unfortunately A. lindneri is not easy to cultivate as it originates from the subtropical climate zones of Bolivia. Even more than the Mexican subsection Pentandrae species it dislikes any form of humidity without being exposed to heat and sun.