Passiflora 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.
Fragrant Granadilla, Passionflower, Winged-Stem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passionflower
Amazon region in Brazil, 0-1,500 m altitude
- Delicious fruits, edible fresh and in juice.
USDA zone 10-11, 1 °C
Fertile and well drained.
Tolerates a wide variety of soils, except for desert soils.
Flower of 7-10 in diameter, bright red petals and sepals. The filaments are red, white and purple.
1 to 10 weeks
- soak the seeds 1 to 2 days
- sow in a light and moist mixture
- 20-24 °C
- 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