Aristolochia tagala is a fast-growing vine which thrives best in full sun to semi-shade areas and requires regular water. The plant has an unusual dark maroon color and its long, narrow flowers make it a popular choice in the garden as it is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. It is hardy in USDA zones 9-11.
When planting Aristolochia tagala, ensure there is well-drained soil with good water retention. For cold regions, the plant can be grown in pots with good drainage and kept in a sunny spot during the warm months, and brought indoors during the cold weather. While indoors, place the pot in a warm spot and keep it watered, but not too much as the plant does not tolerate wet feet. Fertilization should be done sparingly. Pruning should be done regularly to keep the plant in shape.
Overall, Aristolochia tagala is an easy to grow plant that provides a great addition to any garden or home. Its unusual dark maroon color and its attractive flowers make it a popular choice with gardeners and its medicinal properties make it a great option in helping to treat ailments.
The caterpillars of two rare butterflies, the Common Birdwing and Common Rose, feed on the leaves of this plant.
The plant is used medicinally. The Malays apply it to the head to treat fever. In Indonesia, poultice are made with leaves of the species; it is applied to the swollen abdomen or limbs. In the Philippines, snake bites and malaria is treated with the plant. In India, the roots are considered a tonic, carminative and emmenagogue. In Hong Kong, this species is under protection.