Calico flower

Aristolochia elegans

The Aristolochia elegans or more commonly Calico flower is a tropical plant native to Brazil, This magnificent...
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The Aristolochia elegans or more commonly Calico flower is a tropical plant native to Brazil, This magnificent climbing liana which blooms from June to autumn is very decorative thanks to its large cream-white flowers strongly veined with purple, these beautiful elegant can reach 7-10 cm in diameter.Rapidly growing, this twining creeper goes up to 5 or even 10 m in height for the same spread in a natural environment, but has a more moderate development (1.50 m) if kept in a pot. The Calico flower has a heart-shaped foliage, which is evergreen but it falls if the temperatures drop below + 5 ° C.

In traditional African medicine, Aristolochia elegans is used for the treatment of malaria. While in Mexico it is used as a detoxifying agent in case of scorpion stings or snake bites.

Cultivated in a cool soil rich in humus, the Calico flower is reserved for more temperate areas such as the Mediterranean basin since it is resistant to cold only up to temperatures of +3 to -1 ° C. In cooler areas, it is better to let it grow in a pot along a trellis on the terrace, the balcony, or in the shelter of a veranda for the winter.

Aristolochia elegans will charm you with its very particular and spectacular flowers which bring a prodigious touch of exoticism to your interiors and gardens.


  • Common name Calico flower
  • Family Aristolochiaceae
  • Number of species 300
  • Origin Brazil
  • Category exotic
  • Height 5 - 10 m (1,50 in pot)
  • Spread 5 - 10 m (1,50 in pot)
  • Foliage evergreen
  • Hardiness from + 3 ° to -1 ° C
  • Blossom from june to autumn
  • Color of flowers creamy white veined with purple
  • Position Sun, partial shade
  • Use houseplant or full ground in the south.
  • Soil rich and well-drained
  • Habit climbing
  • Growth Fast
  • Earth to use universal potting soil/garden soil/compost
  • Enemies nothing to report
  • Possible diseases resistant to diseases
  • Date of last repotting 20/06/21
  • Remarks protect from frost
  • Copyright image Boland F.
  • Photo taken Botanical garden of Meise


Bpost / Livraison à domicile
Delivery scheduled between the 2021-08-04 and 2021-08-06
Mondial relay / Point d’enlèvement
Delivery scheduled between the 2021-08-05 and 2021-08-10
DPD / Livraison à domicile
Delivery scheduled between the 2021-08-03 and 2021-08-04

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