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Passion Flower

Lush Twining Tendrils

White flowers wearing a spiky crown of violet are unusual, and according to legend, commemorate the Crucifixion. Large blooms are followed by egg-shaped, deep orange fruits that have a flavor reminiscent of blackberries and are good for baking. Benefits from hoop or trellis support and enjoys full sun. Zones 8-10, but can be grown as a house or patio plant in northern areas.



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  • Botanical Name: Passiflora caerulea
  • Height: 12-14 feet.
  • Spacing: 12-18 inches.
  • Depth: Plant the same depth as in the pot.
  • Spread: 12-16 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Color: Creamy white petals with a central band of purple-blue filaments.
  • Foliage: Large 5 lobed leaves that are immune to insects.
  • Blooms: Early to mid summer.
  • Fruit: Edible orange fruits.
  • Zone: 8-10 (10 degrees F)
  • Form: Herbaceous perennial vine
  • Flower Form: White flowers with a spiky crown of violet.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, humus enriched soil.
  • Growth Rate: Rapid once established, which takes approximately 3-4 weeks.
  • Pruning: Only to restrict growth as needed.
  • Size: Exotic looking 3-4 inch flowers.
  • Comments: A favorite vine, loved for its exotic, stunningly beautiful flowers that cover the luxuriant plant and are set off by the attractive dark green foliage. The name stems from the supposition by early Spanish expolrers that the flowers represented the instruments of Christ's Passion: parts can be claimed for the three nails, five wounds, corona or halo of glory; the five petals and five segments represent the ten Apostles and the tendrils the scourges. Large, orange, edible fruit produced in the fall are another reason for this vines popularity.

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