Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Aristolochia clematitis - Birthwort

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Myles
Jan 26, 2016 12:50 PM CST
I have seed of this plant and looking for advice on germinating the seed? Would very much like to grow this plant for the Pipevine Swallowtails but having difficulty finding information for growing from seed. I realize it isn't a native here in the states but I've read it will grow in large pots, which is what I require. I already have Wooly and White Dutchman's Aristolochia plants.

All comments - advice much appreciated. Thank You!

Myles
NE Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Bflymom
Jan 28, 2016 5:17 PM CST
I have germinated this seed, as I grow it in my yard and it produces quite a lot of seed, unlike A tomentosa. It takes time. I would soak the seed overnight in warm/hot water and then put in damp sand (I use desert sand) and stratify for 4-6 months. Then you will want to take it out and leave it in the sand and put in a warm area for several months. Do another stratification for 4-6 months, and then you should experience germination. It takes 2 winters for seeds to germinate. You can also direct sow, and it will come up. It's very slow. I have the best results letting the seeds fall to the ground and leaving them to germinate on their own.

It has been a great host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtails here in NE OK. Needs shade in the heat of the summer.
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Myles
Jan 30, 2016 11:18 AM CST
Bflymom said:I have germinated this seed, as I grow it in my yard and it produces quite a lot of seed, unlike A tomentosa. It takes time. I would soak the seed overnight in warm/hot water and then put in damp sand (I use desert sand) and stratify for 4-6 months. Then you will want to take it out and leave it in the sand and put in a warm area for several months. Do another stratification for 4-6 months, and then you should experience germination. It takes 2 winters for seeds to germinate. You can also direct sow, and it will come up. It's very slow. I have the best results letting the seeds fall to the ground and leaving them to germinate on their own.

It has been a great host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtails here in NE OK. Needs shade in the heat of the summer.


Bflymom, thank you so much for these very detailed germination instructions and growing advice. I am anxious to grow this plant but it looks like I will have a bit of a wait! Whistling I have plenty of partial shade growing spots. It is so nice to hear the Pipevine BF's will use this plant. Have you ever tried propagating by cuttings? ... Myles

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