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Aristolochia sempervirens

24th May 2016

This website is perpetually behind the times. I'm not happy about it, but I find that if I put my fingers in my ears and sing "la la la" the I don't feel too bad about it. Unfortunately sometimes the truth of the situation is thrust under my nose with brutal directness.
I first grew Aristolochia sempervirens in 2008 but didn't ever take pictures. Then we had a series of cold winters that killed it. This year I was able to replace it and made quite sure I took pictures as soon as it flowered. All that happened before I even tried to include it on the site. Oh well.
The plant is a small climber from the south-eastern Mediterranean with hard leathery leaves and abundant small yellow and brown flowers in late spring. I have been told that it can be propagated by tearing the root clumps apart but I'm not feeling confident enough to try. Perhaps I will try to tickle a shoot out first.