Passiflora jorrulensis

Passiflora jorrulensis

Passiflora jorullensis or Passion flower is native from Mexico.

It can be grown on the windowsill and brought outdoors in the summer. Although the flowers are beautiful, they diffuse a stinking smell.

Besides its decorative value, it also has medicinal value, especially as a psychotropic. It is said that smoking the leaves, alone or with tobacco, provides the same euphoric effect as cannabis.

Description:

Passiflora jorullensis is a vine that attaches itself with tendrils that grow from the leaf axils.

The leaves are on short petioles (2-7 cm), alternately arranged, have smooth edges and are shallowly 2- or 3-lobed. The leaf has nectar glands.

The peduncles (5 cm) grow from the leaf axils, in pairs. The flower measures 3-5 cm in diameter, the sepals are greenish, the petals are barely visible, light green or cream colored. The corona is composed of filaments which are reddish at the base and pale green at the ends on the first day and purplish pink on the second day.

The flowering takes 2 days, in contrast to most of the Passiflora whose flowers bloom only 1 day. The flowers emit a foul odor.

The fruits are spherical, 1-1.5 cm wide, blackish purple in color.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Passion flower, Passion fruit, Passiflora

Etymology:

Passiflora: composed of the Latin words passio (Passion) and flos (flower)
Jorullensis: named after the El Jorulla volcano in Mexico

Origin:

Mexico

Habitat:

Temperate mountain regions of Mexico, between 1,300-1,800 m altitude.

Flowering:

June to November



Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11, 0 °C

Care:

Soil:

Nutritious and well drained

Exposure:

Sun, partial shade

Water:

Daily watering during the growth period

Feed:

Plenty of fertilizer: every 1 or 2 weeks

Temperature:

Suitable for windowsill or temperate greenhouse

Propagation:

Seed and cuttings.

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds for 24h in tepid water or orange juice
  • plant in light and moist soil
  • 20-30 °C
  • germination time: 1 month to 1 year

Cutting instructions:

  • proceed in spring or summer
  • take cuttings from the top of the stems and make sure there is a knot with older wood present
  • dip in cutting hormone (optional)
  • put in light potting soil and moisten
  • wrap the pot in a plastic bag to limit evaporation

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