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.
CareOften 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.
PropagationSemi-ripe cuttings in summer. Layer in spring or autumn.
ProblemsSpider mites, whiteflies, and scale insects. Leaf spots, iron deficiency, and virus diseases.
- Genus : Passiflora
- Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
- Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
- Uses : Containers
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
- Light : Full Sun
- Flower Color : Pink, White
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
- Plant Type : Vines