Passiflora foetida flower

Passiflora foetida flower

Passiflora foetida or Love-in-a-Mist is a non-tropical Passion flower which bears the name foetida (Latin for foetid) because the damaged leaves emit an unpleasant odor.

It is however very interesting because it flowers and fruits easily, even indoors.

This species is very varied: the flowers can be white, pink, purple or blue.

The fruits are orange and the size of a kumquat.

The leaves are trilobed or pentalobed, hairy and sticky. The stems are very thin, also covered with sticky hair.

These sticky hairs can catch insects which are digested by enzymes contained in the sticky liquid.

It is not clear if the plant retrieves part of its diet from this, it is more likely that it is a protection against possible damage caused by these insects.

Common names:

Foetid Passionflower, Love-In-A-Mist, Passionflower, Running Pop, Scarletfruit Passionflower, Stinking Passionflower, Tagua Passionflower, Wild Passion Fruit, Wild Water Lemon

Synonyms:

Dysosmia foetida, Passiflora foetida, Tripsilina foetida

Origin:

South-western United States to Central America

Usage:

Ornamental.
Fruits, edible fresh and in juice.

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9, -3 °C

Soil:

Fertile and well drained.
Unlike other Passiflora, Passiflora foetida tolerates desert conditions but grows best in a more humid environment.

Height:

5 m



Flowering:

Flowers can be white, pink, purple or blue. 5 to 6 cm wide.
Blooms profusely from June to September.

Passiflora foetida fruit

Passiflora foetida fruit
Source: John Tann

Propagation:

Seed, cutting

Germination:

1 to 10 weeks

Exposure:

Sun, light

Sowing instructions:

  • soak seeds 1-2 days
  • sow in a light mixture
  • maintain between 20 °C and 24 °C

Care:

  • water abundantly during summer
  • fertilize frequently during summer
  • grown in pots, a smaller pot limits root growth and promotes flowering, a bigger pot promotes root growth and reduces flowering

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