Passiflora ambigua

Passiflora ambigua

Passiflora ambigua or Passion Flower is a very rare Passiflora that grows very fast and becomes very big.

The flowers have pink petals and sepals, the filaments are white streaked with red and purple. They measure 10-13 cm in diameter and spread a very unpleasant smell.

The fruit measures 5 cm, is round and orange or yellow.

Passiflora ambigua was already cultivated by the Mayas and the very tasty fruit is still sold in local markets. The plant also serves as food for butterfly larvae.

The name ambigua was given because Passiflora ambigua is often confused with Passiflora laurifolia.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Passion Flower, Passion Fruit

Synonym:

Passiflora emiliae

Origin:

Central America and northern South America. In Belize it typically grows on the Mayan ruins or limestone cliffs.

Usage:

  • Ornamental
  • The fruit is edible and very tasty.
  • Medicinal: is used in Belize to treat colds or high blood pressure.

Hardiness:

USDA zone 9, -5 °C

Soil:

Fertile and well drained

Propagation:

Seed, cutting



Exposure:

Sun, light

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 24 hours in tepid water or orange juice
  • sow in a light potting soil and moisten
  • 25-30 °C
  • germination: a few weeks to a few months

Cutting Instructions:

  • take cuttings in spring or summer
  • take cuttings at the top of the stems and make sure there is a node or a heel of older wood
  • dip the cutting in a hormone for cuttings (optional)
  • plant in a light potting soil and moisten
  • wrap everything in a plastic bag to retain moisture until the cutting is rooted

Care:

  • it’s a tropical Passiflora that prefers temperatures above 18 °C. Suitable for the warm greenhouse or indoors, may be put outside during Summer.
  • water preferably every day during the summer
  • give fertilizer every 1 or 2 weeks during the growing season
  • fertilize monthly in winter
  • flowering occurs on wood of two years, keep this in mind when pruning

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