Aristolochia reticulata - Plant
Description for Aristolochia reticulata
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich, moist soils. Intolerant of dry soils. If needed, cut back in late winter to control growth. Grows well from seed. The flowers grow in the leaf axils. They are inflated and globose at the base, continuing as a long perianth tube, ending in a tongue-shaped, brightly colored lobe. There is no corolla. The calyx is one to three whorled, and three to six toothed. The sepals are united (gamosepalous). There are six to 40 stamens in one whorl. They are united with the style, forming a gynostemium. The ovary is inferior and is four to six locular.These flowers have a specialized pollination mechanism. The plants are aromatic and their strong scentattracts insects. The inner part of the perianth tube is covered with hairs, acting as a fly-trap. These hairs then either to release the fly, covered with pollen.The fruit is the dehiscent capsule with many endospermic seeds.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Virginia serpentaria,||Violet||May , Jun , Jul , Aug||0.5 to 3ft||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||-5 and -10Â°c||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Aristolochia reticulata
- Deadhead to prolong flowering.
- Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly.
- Zinnias will die with the first frost.
Typical uses of Aristolochia reticulata
Special features: one frequently sees Dutchman s pipe vines growing up the front of a porch on older homes, in which role they cast welcome shade during summer s scorching reign (while simultaneously furnishing some privacy).
Ornamental use: Used for the ornamental purpose.