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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Passiflora alata

Passiflora alata flowerPassiflora alata or Winged-Stem Passionflower is not very hardy but produces beautiful flowers and edible fruit. It looks like a smaller version of Passiflora quadrangularis.

It produces highly fragrant flowers from 7 to 10 cm in diameter, the petals and sepals bright red, the filaments are red, white and purple.

The fruits are oval, yellow to bright orange color, 8 to 15 cm long and 5 to 10 cm wide. The flesh is light orange, slightly acidic and very tasty. They are widely consumed in Brazil.

Common names:

Fragrant Granadilla, Passionflower, Winged-Stem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passionflower

Origin:

Amazon region in Brazil, 0-1,500 m altitude

Use:

  • Ornamental
  • Delicious fruits, edible fresh and in juice.

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10, 1 °C

Soil:

Fertile and well drained.
Tolerates a wide variety of soils, except for desert soils.

Height:

10 m

Flowering:

Flower of 7-10 in diameter, bright red petals and sepals. The filaments are red, white and purple.

Passiflora alataPropagation:

Seed
Cutting

Germination:

1 to 10 weeks

Exposure:

Sun, light

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds 1 to 2 days
  • sow in a light and moist mixture
  • 20-24 °C

Care:

  • give plenty of water and fertilizer during the growing period
  • when grown in a pot, a smaller pot inhibits root growth and encourages flowering, a bigger pot promotes root growth and reduces flowering
  • ideal temperature: 15-28 °C in the summer and 13-18 °C in the winter

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