|Aristolochia gigantea subsp. var.||Giant Dutchman's Pipe|
Cuttings for true clones. 4-5 inch cuttings taken in fall when flowering is tapering off. Use rooting hormone and plant in fast draining propagating mix in a warm place, preferably with bottom heat. Softwood cuttings must be kept moist. Seeds can be soaked for 2 days, then sown at 70-75F (21-24C) upon ripening, or in spring. Need light for germination.
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Aristolochia gigantea 'Pelican Flower' - Even in partial sun, this Brazilian vine displays large, heart-shaped leaves and unique flowers. Ivory veining against a burgundy velvet background with long tubular flowers reminds us of its coined name"Dutchman’s Pipes."
Aristolochia gigantea 'Brasiliensis' - Spectacular flowers, up to 1 foot long (30 cm), this species from Brazil is huge. Each flower displays an intricate pattern of white and mottled reddish-brown. Draw close to it and smell its lemon scent. With a little training, it can be contained to a limited space, such as a hanging basket.
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963