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Commonly known as Granadilla, Passion flower
TENDRIL climber with a unique structure which requires large bees, humming birds or bats for pollination. Attractive to many butterflies some develop false eggs to fool laying insects and some exude fluids which attract ants which predate pests.
Some species, such as the blue passion flower, are extending their range and are at risk of becoming invasive.
Genus of about 450 species of mostly evergreen climbers from tropical woodland mainly in North, Central and South America, and in tropical Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingTendril climber
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGranadilla, Passion Flower.Hardy species ideal for wall or trellisPests & DiseasesRed spider mite, whitefly, mealybug, scale insects under glass. Cucumber mosaic virus.Place of originMainly tropics, South America, Asia, Australia and Pacific islandsResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winterShade from hot sun
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilShelter from cold, drying wind
Buy Varieties of PASSIFLORA
('Lavender Lady') - purple to purple-blue flowers with green anthers
huge pendulous rich rose-red flowers with a violet corona. Tender except in mild locations but a most spectacular plant for the conservatory
large purple flowers. Floriferous and hardy
hardy blue passion flower
striking ivory white flowers, hardy
(x violacea) - mauvish red passion flower
edible yellow or purple fruits. Large flowers which have curly white filaments striped with purple on a white and green background
pendent long pale pink tubular flowers in late summer
pure white flowers and filaments. Quite stunning