Crimson Passion Flower
Crimson Passion Flower
Passiflora vitifoliaItem #6416 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
This outstanding vigorous vine displays exotic crimson flowers in great abundance backed by rich green, deeply-lobed, glossy foliage. Produces small yellow-green fruit with edible pulp. An outstanding choice to quickly cover a trellis, arbor, or fence. Prefers a warm, sunny location. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pas-i-FLO-ra vit-i-FO-li-aPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:16, 17, 23, 24Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Twining stems quickly climb 15 to 20 ft. tall, with support.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Edible, Fast Growing, Showy Fruit, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasCrimson Passionflower is best kept up close, where its color and form is most appreciated. Great grower for shade arbors, where it can snake up posts of wood, concrete or classical stone columns and hang most gracefully. A tropical plant that should be sheltered in a warm place, such as a protected side yard, fenced condominium patio or walled entry court. Stunning when trained over the top of a front-door entry. This equatorial jungle plant of South America is ideal for atriums with lots of light.Companion PlantsGardenia (Gardenia); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Banana Shrub (Michelia figo); Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)
- CareCare InformationGrows best in loose, lightly sandy soil, in a location that allows roots to spread and plenty of air flow around foliage; provide support such as trellis or arbor. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Prune annually to control size.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This vibrant red species is native to a huge range over Central and South America where it is known as red grenadilla. Passionflowers attract butterflies because they are larval food plants for many species.Lore:Passionflower was named for the complex shapes within the flower which Christians used a symbols of Christ's passion.