Passiflora ligularis flower

Passiflora ligularis flower
Source: Dick Culbert

Passiflora ligularis or Sweet Granadilla is a not very frost resistant but not heat resistant either.

It produces white to pink flowers with purple filaments. The flowers are fragrant.

The leaves are large and heart-shaped.

The orange fruit is round and topped with a little hard stalk. It measures about 8 cm and is edible fresh and in juice. We find it quite easily in the trade. Unlike the purple passion fruit, the skin does not wrinkle.

Common names:

Granada-China
Sweet granadilla
Water lemon
Yellow Passion fruit

Origin:

Mexico to south-west of South America, mainly in the Andes where it grows between 900 and 2,600 m.

Usage:

Ornamental.
Luscious fruits, edible fresh and as juice.

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9-11, -2 °C

Passiflora ligularis fruit

Passiflora ligularis fruit

Soil:

Fertile and well drained.
Tolerates a wide variety of soils, except desert soils.

Height:

10 m

Flowers:

Flowers white to pink, purple ligaments, 10 cm in diameter.
They are pleasantly scented and pendulous, usually in pairs.
Blooms profusely from June to September.

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:

  • during summer, water and fertilize abundantly
  • when 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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