Calico Flower (Aristolochia elegans)

Botanical names:
Aristolochia elegans Accepted
Aristolochia littoralis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Maroon
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Toxicity: Other: Plant contains the alkaloid Aristolochic Acid which is highly toxic, especially to the kidneys
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Surface sow, seeds need light for germination
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


Photo gallery:
Location: Hedge of Aristolochia ringens (Dutchman's Pipe) in bloom, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HonoluluDate: 2019-03-15
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Location: Wouw Netherlands
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Location: Indian Harbour Beach, FloridaDate: 2014-10-10I'm thinking this will probably be the last bloom on the vine, be
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Location: Credits : US Geological Survey, See belowPhoto courtesy of: Forest & Kim Starr http://www.starrenvironment
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Misidentified? by zuzu Feb 28, 2015 2:22 PM 0
Strange tree flower from Taiwan by ftknj Jun 16, 2019 6:05 AM 3
October 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by mellielong Nov 6, 2016 3:43 AM 278
Have unusual, looking for ...... by johnsonm08 Jun 20, 2013 7:53 AM 2
CHITCHAT by Budgielover Jun 2, 2019 7:08 AM 2,618

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