Blue passion flower

Passiflora caerulea

Photo/Illustration: 
Delilah Smittle
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Blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea)
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Genus:  Passiflora
This plant produces 3- to 4-inch-diameter, slightly scented flowers sporadically during summer, increasing in late summer through autumn. Intricate blossoms have an outer ruffle of petals and sepals; an inner disc of filaments composed of rings of blue, white and purple; and a central “antenna.” Deeply lobed dark green leaves cover stems that grasp supports with tendrils. Blue passion flower can reach 10 feet tall in one season. The ovoid, orange-yellow fruit is edible.
Care:  Often grown as a houseplant, it can also be grown as an annual outdoors. Grow in a greenhouse border or in containers. Or set outdoors in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Shelter from cold, drying winds.
Propagation:  Semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Layer in spring or autumn.
Problems:  Spider mites, whiteflies, and scale insects. Leaf spots, iron deficiency, and virus diseases.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Vines

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