European Birthwort (Aristolochia clematitis) organic
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European Birthwort (Aristolochia clematitis) organic

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This impressive, perennial shrub has a very uncommon disappearance due to the special florescences. The colour of the blossoms isn't very conspicuous but its chalice-like, bag-shaped guise and the arrangement of the blossoms in the axils in a kind
of whorl is very elegant and graceful. This blossom shape is called 'basin trap flower' as it invites the most diverse insects for pollination and captivates them in the basin until pollination has taken place. Until then, the 'trap' opens and the insect can escape loaded with pollen. The plant, thereby, is a good food source for many useful insects in the garden.
Due to the blossom shape, European birthwort is also known as pipevine. Its blossoms inspired many artists of the epoch of art nouveau.

The botanic name Aristolochia can be loosely translated with 'sublime for the delivering woman'. This naming indicates the usage of European birthwort in midwifery. As early as in the 1st century, it has already been mentioned as such by Dioscurides. Another usage that's also handed down by North American Indian tribes is as an antidote for snake bites. Unfortunately, the plant contains the poisonous Aristolochic acid, which is evidently nephrotoxic and carcinogenic, in all plant parts. In Germany, therefore, remedies with Aristolochia parts are prohibited since 1981.
Visually, however, European birthwort is an adornment and should, therefore, nevertheless, have a fixed place in the garden. Due to its history, it's still an inherent part of monastery gardens and perfectly suits a special cottage garden.

Aristolochia clematitis seeds, content: Approx. 10 European birthwort seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Country of origin:
Eastern Europemittelmeer–regionsüdeuropa
Plant height approx.:
30 – 80 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Root system :
Lifecycle :
Winter hardiness zone (whz):
6 (–23 bis –18 °c)
Partially shadyfull sun
Water requirements:
Soil type:
Ornamental plant
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
5 °C
Planting distance:
50 cm
Honey plantNeeds cold for germinationPoisonous plant
Main harvest:
Perennial flowering plant that is poisonous. Cold germinator, sowing outdoors in autumn or early spring. Alternatively, the seeds need an artificial cold treatment in the refrigerator for about 4-6 weeks. Plant young plants outdoors in March or April after the last night frosts. Loves sunny to semi-shady locations.
Other names
Botanical name:
aristolochia clematitis
German names:
aufrechte osterluzeibiberkrautbruchwurzelgewöhnliche osterluzeiwildweinrankenwolfskrautzäunling
English names:
european birthwort
French names:
aristoloche clématite
Spanish names:
aristoloquia comúnaristoloquia sarmentosaaristoloquia vulgararistolòquia sarmentosaclematítidecornamusa enredada
Italian names:
aristolochia clematite
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
10 Pcs.


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