Aristolochia panamensis   Standl.

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

 

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Panamanian Birthwort

40 cm

erect, tuberous perennial

 dark purple petals with a large yellow bulge

shade

20-35 °C in summer, 12-15 °C in winter 

> 60 %

constant humidity and much water especially during hot days

slightly acidic

seeds, root cuttings

2 (1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


This absolutely fantastic species belongs to the closer relatives of Aristolochia arborea and represents the smallest member of the subgenus Siphisia. Woolly, erect shoots arise from a kind of horizontal underground "rhizome" which, in fact, is the modified main stem of this plant.

 

Like all its congeners it flowers continuously throughout the year. Propagation occurs slowly by enlarging and splitting up the underground organ.