Botanical Name: Passiflora edulis
Common Names: Passion Fruit Vine, Passion Flower
Cultivar: Possum Purple (pictured)
Sun Preference: Full Sun
Ph Preferences: Acidic, Neutral
USDA Hardiness Zone: 9b-11b
Native Range: Native to Brazil, Paraguay & Argentina
Passion Fruit Vine (Passiflora edulis) is a climbing vine with edible fruit. It is native to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina but also grown in subtropical climates such as Florida. Its common name is said to have been given by Spanish settlers in the 1700s who saw religious significance in parts of the flower. The name comes from Latin words passio (passion) and flos (flower). Large, purple flowers appear spring through early fall. Each flower lasts about a day. Fruit is used in juices and desserts. Plant is propagated by seeds and cuttings.
Passion Flowers are a favorite butterfly perennial plant! Host plant for Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) & Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius). Flowers also attract hummingbirds.
We have found some great passionfruit recipes by vegan bloggers online. Here are links to some of the best:
Passiflora comes in many varieties. Not all produce edible fruit so check first! Visit our Pinterest Board to see pictures of some of the unique varieties we have found.