Blue Passion Flower
Also known as
Blue Crown, Common Passion Flower, Flower Of Five Wounds, Southern Beauty, Wild Apricot, Brazilian Passionflower, Blue Passionfruit
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5 years to reach maturity
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Blue Passion Flower Overview
Passiflora caerulea is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen climber that produces unique and large (8cm) blue-purple and white flowers during the summer and into autumn. It has dark-green, deeply-lobed lobed leaves. A hardy woody vine, this stunning plant can reach 25m (82') in height, using its tendrils to climb up supports or nearby trees, making it an ideal cover for sheltered, south or west-facing walls. Preferring warmer conditions, Passion Flowers also enjoy being grown in conservatories and can be easily grown in large containers. They like moist, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade. Commonly known as Blue Passion Flower, this South American native will produce oval orange fruit from its second year. In warmer climates with longer growing seasons, these fruits ripen but are considered bland in comparison to Passiflora edulis (Passion Fruit) Passiflora caerulea has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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How to propagate Blue Passion Flower
Layer stems in summer.
Sow seeds in early spring, under cover with bottom heat.
Special features of Blue Passion Flower
Provide support for this plant to climb up walls or allow it to scramble along the ground.
Passion flowers have five sepals and petals that are whitish in colour and similar in appearance. These are surmounted by a corona of blue or violet filaments, above which held on a short stem are five greenish-yellow stamens and three purple stigmas.
Add these plants to your space to give an exotic feel.