Passiflora

Passionflower (Passiflora)
Other Names
Apricot Vine, Fragrant Granadilla, Granadilla, Maypops, Passionflower, Passion Flower, Passion Vine, Wild Passionflower.
Origins
Tropics of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and Americas.
Type
Perennial vines
(herbaceous), trees, shrubs.
Some may be annuals.
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 6 - 10.
Bloom - Spring, Summer.
Height
Vines, up to 30 ft (9 m).
Cultivation
Sun, to partial shade. Likes sandy, or other well drained soils. Prune in early Spring.
Propagation
By seed, layering (in Spring), or cuttings (take these in early Summer).

Other
Passion flowers make striking statement in any setting. There are hundreds of different species in this genus, and they can vary greatly. Perennials, annuals, vines, shrubs, small trees, can all be found there.

Passiflora's tolerance to cold will vary, too. Best, check your preferred variety for frost hardiness, to avoid disappointment. Wild Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata (picture, in the middle) is probably most hardy, and it will grow in hardiness zones 6-10.

Passiflora incarnata, has established history as a medicinal plant. Native American Indians valued it for its usefulness in treating epilepsy, and insomnia.

All parts of this plant, are edible. Fruit's good fresh, or made into preserves, drinks, and syrups. Blooms, and leaves are used to make tonics.

All Passionflower plants have the same, highly exotic looking blooms, that last one day, only.

For edible fruit, try Passiflora edulis.
For fragrance, try Fragrant Granadilla (Passiflora alata 'Ruby Glow')
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