Passiflora capsularis or Capsule Fruited Passion Flower has pretty but small flowers that spread a delicious sweet vanilla scent.
The flower is star shaped, 2-6 cm long, pale yellow or greenish-white.
The leaves are green and two-lobed.
The fruit is oblong, capsule-shaped, purple-red in fall when they burst open to release the seed. The flesh is inedible.
Passion Flower, Passionflower, Capsule-Fruited Passion Flower
Decaloba capsularis, Granadilla capsularis
Eastern South America
From May to October
USDA zone 10, 5 °C
Nutritious and well drained
1-2 m in a pot
10-12 m in its habitat
- soak the seeds 24h in lukewarm water or orange juice
- sow in a light mix
- 20-25 °C
- germination: a few weeks to a few months
- 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
- it is 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
- Passiflora capsularis: Leonardo Ré Jorge