Passiflora laurifolia, also known as Water lemon, is a stunning vine or creeper native to Tropical Americas. This fast-growing plant is easy to care for and will reward you with an abundance of beauty. The deep green foliage and light-hued bark make this evergreen climber attractive all year round. Passiflora laurifolia is perfect for growing up an obelisk or fence, adorning a pergola or covering a wall.
This plant will thrive in full sun, but will also grow well in partial shade. It grows best in moist but well-drained soil, however will grow in most soil types. Water regularly to keep the soil constantly moist, but be aware of overwatering.
The most spectacular feature of the Passiflora laurifolia are its flowers - which are blue, lavender and purple - an unusual colour combination that will add a unique touch to your garden. These flowers are also highly fragrant, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your outdoor space.
The Passiflora laurifolia produces fruits which are edible, juicy and have a delicious sweet and sour taste. These watermelons have a thin, edible skin and can be eaten raw, added to salads, desserts or used for making juice. With abundant vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, the water lemon fruits are incredibly beneficial for our health. Each vine can produce around 20 - 25 fruits, making this a great addition to your home garden.
If you live in a cold region, the Passiflora laurifolia can be grown successfully in a pot or container, however make sure to bring it in during the winter months to protect it from hard frosts. Otherwise, plant it in the ground and enjoy its beauty for many years to come!