Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Aristolochia californica

Aristolochia californica
A very distinctive climber from the wooded hills of (you guessed it) California, forming a low tangle of stems with heart-shaped olive green deciduous leaves. In late winter and spring it makes masses of fleshy beige jug-shaped flowers on the bare stems.
Apparently this species grows among Ribes, Garrya and Sequoia in the wild, quite moist at the root and seems hardy here - though some shelter (from evergreens perhaps) might be in order to protect the early flowers.
1L pots ~ £7