Plant Profile: Passiflora edulis


Passiflora edulis ‘Possum Purple’


Plant Information

Botanical Name:  Passiflora edulis

Common Names:  Passion Fruit Vine, Passion Flower, Maypop

Family:  Passifloraceae

Genus:  Passiflora

Species:  edulis

Cultivar:  Possum Purple (pictured)


Growing Preferences

Sun Preference:  Full Sun

Soil:  Fertile

Ph Preferences:  Acidic, Neutral

Water:  Medium

USDA Hardiness Zone:  9b-11b

Native Range:  Native to Brazil, Paraguay & Argentina



Passiflora edulis ‘Possum Purple’


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.


Passionfruit growing on the vine in our garden.



Passion Flowers are a favorite butterfly perennial plant! Host plant for Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) &  Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius).  Flowers also attract hummingbirds.


Zebra Longwing Caterpillar/ Wikimedia Commons Image/ Photograph by DeadEyeArrow CC-BY SA 3.0


Zebra heliconian longwing/ Wikimedia Commons Image/ Photograph by Charlesjsharp CC-BY SA 4.0



We have found some great passionfruit recipes by vegan bloggers online.  Here are links to some of the best:

Raw Passion Fruit Swirl Cake by Happy Health Blog

Vegan Passionfruit Panna Cotta by Baking-Ginger

Drool Worthy Vegan Passionfruit Cheesecake by The Minimalist Vegan 



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.


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