Passiflora colinvauxii or Passionflower is originally from the Galapagos Islands where it is threatened with extinction.
It flowers profusely in summer to autumn and smells of honeysuckle, which attracts bees.
In its habitat, it is pollinated by Xylocopa darwinii, a black bee.
Passiflora colinvauxii is a fast growing climber with bi-lobed leaves 7-16 cm.
The flowers are medium size. The sepals and petals are white. The corona consists of a series of filaments, purple with white ends.
The fruits are oval, 2-4 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide.
Passionflower, Passion fruit
Passiflora: from the Latin passio (Passion) and flos (flower)
Colinvauxii: in honor of Dr. Paul Colinvaux who discovered the species in 1966 on the Galapagos Islands.
Santa Cruz (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador), between 200 and 400 m altitude
June to November
USDA zones 10-11, -1 °C
Nutritious and well drained
Sun, partial shade
Water daily during growing period
Fertilize every 1 or 2 weeks
Suitable for a South facing windowsill or a heated greenhouse
- soak the seeds 24h in lukewarm water or orange juice
- sow in a light mix
- 20-30 °C
- germination: 1 month to 1 year
- 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