Passiflora coriacea, Wild Sweet Calabash, Bat leaved Passion Flower

Passiflora coriacea

Wild Sweet Calabash, Bat leaved Passion Flower
Family: Passifloraceae
Origin: Central and South America
Vine or creeper plantFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Native to Central and South America, this captivating vine or creeper is found in a variety of habitats and thrives in USDA Zones 9-11. It is a vigorous grower and will reach up to 10 feet once established.

The evergreen foliage of Passiflora coriacea is black-green in color, a striking contrast against its white and off-white flowers. The very unique blooms of this species feature an intricate design with filaments and a crown of yellow and orange and can reach up to 4 inches in size. The long petals and stamens of the flowers make them especially attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

This species prefers full sun and does best in regular water, although once established it will tolerate a moderate watering regime. Passiflora coriacea makes an excellent choice for growing in a pot, and can even withstand cooler temperatures in regions where freezing temperatures are common.

To ensure this plant thrives, it is important to use a container with plenty of drainage and provide moderate water and full sun. In cold regions, it is important to bring the pot indoors during winter, as temperatures below 32 F degrees can be damaging to the plant. For best results, use a good quality potting soil and a well-draining container to help protect roots from damage due to excessive moisture.

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