cherry-red petals with a large yellow bulge
20-35 °C in summer, 8-15 °C in winter
> 60 %
constant humidity and much water especially during hot days
2 (1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)
Aristolochia veracruzana belongs to a number of outstanding tropical Mexican species with bizarre flower shapes. Fungus gnats are trapped in the dangerous-looking flower by entering a larger hollow behind the pronounced bulge.
Although not very common in cultivation this species is propagated via cuttings and hand-pollination easily. Saplings flower within a single vegetation period making A. veracruzana very unique compared to related species that may take up to a decade.
Interestingly flowers mainly appear at the base of the shoots short above soil level - to attract pollinators.