Passiflora caerulea | ‘Blue Passionflower’ | Seeds

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Quality ‘Blue Passionflower’ seeds, originating from our own 2023 harvest!

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Passiflora caerulea | ‘Blue Passionflower’, ‘Bluecrown Passionflower’, ‘Common Passion Flower’, ‘Flower of the Five Wounds’, ‘Passion Flower’, ‘Southern Beauty’, ‘Wild Apricot’ | Seed

More non-cactus bounty from our 2023 harvest – top-quality Passiflora caerulea seeds, fresh from our garden in Spain!

Passiflora caerulea (commonly known as the ‘Blue Passionflower’, ‘Bluecrown Passionflower’ and ‘Common Passion Flower’, ‘Flower of the Five Wounds’, ‘Passion Flower’, ‘Southern Beauty’, and ‘Wild Apricot’) is a South American (including Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil) flowering species of the Passifloraceae family. Depending on the climate, either evergreen to semi-evergreen or deciduous, this vigorous perennial climbing vine grows to more than twelve-metres / forty-feet tall, given trees or similar support for it to wrap its delicately wispy tendrils around.

With smooth, hairless brown-copper-green stems, thickening and turning more woody as they mature, this gorgeous species is known for its coils of the aforementioned tendrils, which sprout from the base of each leaf, grabbing on to anything that they can use for support. Happily, these tendrils don’t tend to cause damage to brickwork, etc., and are easily pulled off (and redirected, if you’re gentle enough). Alternate, glossy green leaves are up to fifteen-centimetres / six-inches long (by the same across), palmate and usually feature five (although sometimes three, seven or nine) lobes. Blooming between early summer and mid-autumn, the species’ magnificently showy, fragrant flowers are saucer-shaped and grow to approximately ten centimetres / four inches in diameter. Although most often blue-white in colour, banded or striped with blue, brown, yellow and white, some cultivars are known which produce other colours. These include cv. ‘Constance Elliott’ (a winner of the British Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, with white flowers), cv. ‘Chinensis’ (with paler blue corona filaments than are typical), and cv. ‘Pierre Pomie’ (with pale pink flowers). Appearing between the late summer and early autumn, caerulea fruit starts off as a blue-tinged green, later ripening to a deep-orange to lush yellow colour. Its inner pulp – quite sticky and dark-red in colour – typically guards many seeds. Such (egg-shaped) fruits are up to roughly four centimetres / one-point-six inches in diameter and six centimetres / two inches long. While it’s safe to eat, most consumers report that this fruit tastes bland or insipid, so you know in advance!

Besides being a rewarding ornamental when cultivated purposefully, Passiflora caerulea attracts many species of bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators (and also hungry caterpillars and snails!), making it a great addition to any garden habitat. Throughout much of its native habitat in South America, caerulea is used medicinally in many forms – especially by Argentina’s Maka and Toba peoples. Commonly called upon to relieve general stress, the plant and its products are ingredients of items as varied as dietary supplements, hot and cold beverages (such as herbal infusions and teas), ice creams, marmalades and syrups. Interestingly, this species is the official national flower of Paraguay, where the physical structure of its amazing flowers are used to represent parts of “the Passion of Christ”. This curiosity is further explained by the fact that the genus “Passiflora” was reportedly named (by a 15th or 16th-century Roman Catholic priest) to reflect the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The species name caerulea is in reference to blue-coloured filaments of caerulea flowers.

This is an exceptionally easy species to cultivate, in our experience. It’s not only very heat-resistant (easily handling intense Mediterranean sun which burns even Trichocereus cacti, for example!), but enjoys high-humidity too – although always ensure there’s adequate ventilation, else it can be prone to fungal issues. Such attacks may also occur to the plant’s roots, should too much of the main plant be cut back at once. Ideally planted against a fence, tree, wall or similar support, remove new ground shoots unless you want to experience the plant’s invasive properties! We use such shoots to re-plant in our preferred locations, so they’re not too much of an issue – unless you get lazy…

Grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 10, planting in a moist clay, loam, sand or silt. Ensure adequate drainage, full sun to partial shade and a minimum temperature of -10°C / 14°F and you’ll soon be harvesting your own Passiflora caerulea seeds.



Product Details

Product Type

Seed

Amount

50 seeds, 100 seeds, 250 seeds

Common Name

Blue Passionflower

Family

Genus

Species

Breeder

Year Harvested

2023

Collection


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