Aristolochia veracruzana   J.F.Ortega

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

 

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Veracruz Pipevine

10+ m 

twining liana

cherry-red petals with a large yellow bulge

shade

20-35 °C in summer, 8-15 °C in winter 

> 60 %

constant humidity and much water especially during hot days

slightly acidic

seeds, cuttings

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.