Passiflora aurantia

Passiflora aurantia

Passiflora aurantia or red passionflower is a profusely flowering variety with salmon colored flowers.

It is a moderately strong grower that does not climb very high.

It is not hardy but can be grown as a houseplant.

Description:

It is a tropical vine that clings with tendrils and grows up to 1-2 m high.

The leaves are three-lobed, dark green and measure up to 7 cm long. The lobes are not deeply cut and rounded. The leaf stalk is 1-3 cm long, usually has two glands and sometimes two stipules of 1 mm.

The flowers measure 4-8 cm in diameter and do not fully open. When they open, they are cream colored. Over a period of several days, the color darkens to a beautiful salmon pink and finally dark red.

The fruits are green, ovate and measure up to 5 cm in diameter. They are light purple at maturity, with grayish flesh and numerous black seeds. The flesh is edible but not particularly tasty.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Passionf Flower, Red Passion Flower

Synonyms:

Blephistelma aurantia, Disemma aurantia

Etymology:

Passiflora: from the Latin passio (Passion) and flos (flower)
Aurantia: from the Latin aurantius (orange)

Origin:

Australia, New Guinea…

Habitat:

At the edge of rainforest, in nutrient-poor soil

Flowering:

All year round but especially in summer



Hardiness:

USDA zones 10-11-12

Care:

Soil:

Nutrient poor and well drained

Exposure:

Sun, light, partial shade

Water:

Provide daily watering during the growing season, weekly during the winter

Feed:

Does not need a lot of fertilizer, about monthly during the summer

Place:

Is suitable for the windowsill or temperate greenhouse

Propagation:

By cuttings and sowing

Cutting Instructions:

  • in the spring or summer
  • cut stem pieces from the top of the branches with at least one woody parent node
  • dip in rooting hormone (optional)
  • plant in light and moist soil
  • wrap the pot in a plastic bag to prevent evaporation

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds 24h in warm water
  • sow in moist soil at 0.5 cm depth
  • wrap the pot in a plastic bag to prevent evaporation
  • 20-24 ° C

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