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Products > Aristolochia gigantea
 
Aristolochia gigantea - Pelican Flower
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Aristolochiaceae (Birthworts)
Origin: Panama (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Maroon
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Aristolochia clypeata]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Aristolochia gigantea (Pelican Flower) - Fast growing vine that can grow 15-20 ft tall with support. It has deeply cordate triangular leaves and large, oddly-shaped flowers that are really petal-less calyces that open to 6" wide by nearly a foot tall with a purple-maroon backing that is netted with pink etching-like marks along veins and has a yellow-orange throat. Plant in sunny spot with summer shade. Hardy to about 30-32 degrees F or for use in a cool conservatory. A real conversation piece. Not as large flowered as A. grandiflora but also does not have a foetid odor that makes A. grandiflora difficult to tolerate. Also known as the Giant Dutchman's Pipe.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aristolochia gigantea.
 
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