Aristolochia tricaudata, Isotrema tricaudata, Aristolochia, Three-tailed Pipe Flower

Aristolochia tricaudata, Isotrema tricaudata

Aristolochia, Three-tailed Pipe Flower
Family: Aristolochiaceae
Origin: Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeModerate waterRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual color

Aristolochia tricaudata is a large, multi-stemmed and sprawling evergreen shrub reaching 5-10 feet tall, making perfect grown to semi-shade as a specimen or natural hedge. It is highly rewarding as an ornamental, with unique, longitudinal striped leaves and annular stem joints - leaves are borne in alternating whorls of three, creating an unusual 3-2-3 sequence.

Aristolochia tricaudata is a great choice for the summer garden. In mid-summer this large shrub is smothered with unusual crimson, vinous flowers that 1 to 2 inches in size, possess about three tails. A good choice for USDA Zones 9-11, this shrub prefers regular water and can withstand quite a bit of dryness without suffering much damage.

Aristolochia tricaudata is a relative easy to grow and care for a plant. Simply give it regular water and semi-shaded or sunny environment, and this species will return great rewards with its flowers and foliage. This species will thrives in soil that is slightly acidic, rich and well-draining. Established plants are moderately tolerant of drought and can handle longer periods between waterings when necessary.

In colder regions, it can be grown in pots and then moved between outside shelter in winter. Provide your plant with protection from cold winter winds and make sure to bring it inside when temperatures dip below freezing. Water less frequently during winter months, but make sure to not let the soil dry out completely. When the temperature outside is consistently over 10°C, you can start to move this species outside, gradually stimulating its growth.

With striking leaves and its unusual crimson, vinous flowers, Aristolochia tricaudata is an awesome addition to any garden. This hardy shrub can take some neglect and still give you grand rewards come mid-summer. It is an evergreen plant that will keep adding texture to your garden all year round.

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