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A woody vine capable of growing to 15-20 m high where supporting trees are available. The leaves are alternate, palmately five-lobed (sometimes three or seven lobes).
The white and purple-blue flowers which appear in summer may be as large as 4 in (10.2 cm) across. The fruit is an oval orange-yellow berry.
Varieties: Possum Purple, Quadrangularis. Season: July to October. Rampant woody vine that climbs with tendrils. Evergreen leaves, deeply 3 lobed, 3 to 8 deep green, shiny above, paler and dull beneath. Single fragrant flower 2 to 3 wide is borne at each node on the new growth. Showy, intensely colored flower produces the nearly round to ovoid fruit with a tough rind which is smooth and waxy. Pulp within is highly aromatic orange-colored with hard dark brown or black seeds. Flavor is appealing, musky, guava-like sub-acid to acid. Use mulch and plenty of organic matter in the soil to reduce nematode damage. Eaten fresh, used in juice processing, preserves and wines. There are more than 400 species of Passiflora, but only some provide the fruit used for jellies or desserts. Passion fruit can be started from seed as soon as the fruit is available. Plant seed in a light soil and provide high humidity and warmth (78 F). Germination should start in a month or less. When the seedling is 2 to 3 inches tall, put it in an individual pot. Keep it in a bright place with moderate temperatures, avoid extremes.
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Beautiful flower of striking purple color with a wonderful fragrance. Fast growing vine that tolerates sun or shade and flowers from spring through summer. Grows so vigorously, great for butterfly gardens. Produces lots of flowers and attracts Gulf Fritillaries and other butterflies.
It is evergreen in frost-free areas and deciduous in colder locations. It prefers to grow in full sun but will tolerate light shade for a short portion of the day.
Passiflora laurifolia is a tall, vigorous, evergreen climbing shrub producing more or less woody stems from 5 - 18 metres or more long. These stems can scramble over the ground or clamber into other plants, supporting themselves by means of coiling tendrils.
The fruits are eaten fresh, or used in drinks and beverages.
Fast-growing vine, grows best in somewhat cooler than tropical climates. The rind is particularly hard, and tougher than most passion fruits. This species is native and common in the wild in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and from Saba to Barbados and Trinidad; also Venezuela, Colombia and northern Ecuador. It is cultivated in Jamaica, Brazil and Ecuador for its fruits, and in Hawaii as an ornamental in private gardens. The fruits ripen from September to December, are light-yellow with a very hard shell, difficult to open but the seedy pulp is much enjoyed. Yellow-orange pulp is aromatically scented and flavored. In Jamaica, it is scooped from the shell and served with wine and sugar. The strained juice is excellent for making cold drinks. Snuff boxes have been made of the shell of the hard type. This species is noted for its resistance to pests and diseases that affect its relatives.