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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.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aristolochia gigantea.
 
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