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Passiflora Genus

Passion flower

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Passiflora genus (Passion flower). This genus consists of about 400 species of mostly evergreen or semi- evergreen, woody tendril-climbing vines. They are grown for their flowers which range from pale pink to purple-red. Many species produce egg-shaped to rounded, fleshy edible fruits that mature to yellow or orange in autumn.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs, Trees or Vines

Other common names

Granadilla

Origin

S. America, New Zealand

Interest and use

Grown for their unique flowers, each one with a central corona of filaments. Flowers every season. Attracts butterflies

Cultivation

They are half hardy to frost tender, min 5-16C. Grow them in any fertile, well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun and water regularly in summer. Prune congested or overgrown plants in spring and provide support. Fully frost hardy to frost tender, they are best suited to warm areas. Stems need support. Thin out and spur back crowded growth in spring.

Propagation

Propagate from seed in spring or cuttings or by layering in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to red spider mites, nematodes and scale insects.

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