Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Aristolochia fimbriata

Aristolochia are an on-going fascination of mine. I originally thought I might have a nice little collection of maybe 10 or 20 small hardy species for the National Collections scheme - a nice manageable group - how many could there be?
It turns out that 'a lot more than 20' is the answer, from southern Europe, North America, eastern Asia and even South America. As it stands I generally have only a few at a time for sale but the number is increasing and I'm not short of customers for them.
Aristolochia fimbriata
The peculiar yellow and brown tentacled flowers of this species are rather striking, and the silver veined leaves are good too.
Aristolochia fimbriata
This herbaceous species is possibly the hardiest of the South Americans currently in cultivation and worth a try in a sunny sheltered place, kept dryish in winter.

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