Passion Flower - Alien looking flower right here on Earth

With such a unique flower, you would think it would be a pain to keep alive, but it’s not!   Also, Passion Fruit is actually a thing.

passion_fruitThe Passion Flower is a tropical plant that is native to the equatorial regions of North and South America.

Perhaps it’s second most noteworthy feature after the crazy looking flower is the edible fruit that it bears. (Certain varieties only)

Passion Fruit is usually not eaten by itself, but used as in combination with sweet things to balance out the tart flavor of the fruit.

The leaves of certain types of Passion Flower are used as teas to promote sleep or calm anxiety.

The Passion Flower is a climbing vine that once established grows virulently.

Unlike other unique looking flowers like Orchids, the Passion Flower isn’t extremely picky about its environment.

Name Origin: The name Passion flower originates during the colonial period of the Americas. It is thought that Spanish priests associated the plants with Jesus Christ. According to some sources the the 5 stamen represented the 5 sacred wounds and the 3 stigma the 3 nails.

Fun fact: In Japan the Flower is sometimes known as “The Clock-faced Plant” and used as a symbol for homosexual Japanese youths. The gay reference makes more sense than the Christ reference to me. The flower is a bit flamboyant.

General Species Specifications:

  • Perennial
  • USDA Zones: Zones 5-9
  • Sun: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Soil: Nearly any type
  • Water use: Medium
  • Height: 6-30 feet
  • Spacing: Vine, does not apply.
  • Hardiness: Semi-Cold Hardy. Semi-Hot hardy.
  • Can be grown in a pot and indoors.
  • Bloom Time: April-September
  • Toxicity: Varies greatly depending on the variety. The fruit from the species Adenia Digitata is highly toxic when unripe. “The general rule is: Don’t Eat green , Immature, or developing fruits, especially raw! When ripe, the pulp of all species is probably OK.”

Potential Uses:Passion Flower Tea

Drinking Tea made from dried Passion Flower greens or flowers:
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Sleep Aid
  • Anti-Depressant *Note* Combining this with over the counter Anti-Depressants ISN’T recommended.
  • Menopause Relief
  • Lowering Blood Pressure


Bulk Tea is available online:
Amazon.com – Frontier Bulk Passion Flower Herb, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb. package

Eating the fruit: (Be Careful not to eat unripe passion fruit!)
  • Good source of Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Magnesium and Phosphorus
  • Boost Immune System
  • Digestive Health
  • Blood Pressure
  • Improved Circulation
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Helps prevent colon cancer


Lastly, Passion flower is often sold in tablet form for anti-anxiety:
Amazon.com – Passion Flower, 350 mg, 100 capsules

Propagation:

Like most plants the Passion flower spreads by seeds.

In addition the Passion Flower vine that is still attached to the mother plant can be stuck into the ground where it should eventually grow roots and become a separate plant.

Varieties:

There are many varieties of Passion Flower; I’ve seen numbers as high as 500 different species.

Because some varieties are edible and some are deadly poisonous it’s extremely important to know which one your dealing with.

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Fruit Bearing Varieties:

Blue passionflower (Passiflora caerulea):

PassionFlower With Fruit

Passiflora Caerulea

Edible Fruit.
Edible as Tea.
Amazon.com – Passion Flower (Passiflora Caerulea) – 500 Seeds

Maypop (Passiflora incarnata):

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Passiflora Incarnata

Edible Fruit.
Edible as Tea.

50 seeds for $3.60 with free shipping:
Amazon.com – Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) – 50 Seeds

Blue Bouquet (Passiflora ‘Blue Bouquet’) Hybrid

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Passiflora Blue Bouquet

Edible Fruit.
Rarely used as Tea.

Perfumed Passion Flower (Passiflora alata):

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Passiflora Alata

Edible Fruit.
Rarely used as Tea.

8 Seeds for $3.90 with free shipping:
Amazon.com – Perfumed Passion Flower (Passiflora alata) – 8 Seeds

Scarlet Passion Flower (Passiflora miniata)

Red Passionflower

Passiflora Miniata

Edible Fruit.
Rarely used as Tea.

Amazon.com – Scarlet Red Passion Flower (Passiflora Coccinea) – 5 Seeds ~ $5 + $4 shipping

Amazon.com – Live Plant in 4 in pot – Scarlet Passion Flower (Passiflora coccinea)- Indoors/Out ~ $12 + $6 shipping

Red Passion Flower

Passiflora-racemosa

Passiflora Racemosa

Edible Fruit.
Rarely used as Tea.

Sunburst Hybrid

Sunburst

Passiflora Sunburst

Edible Fruit.
Rarely used as Tea.

White Wedding (Passiflora ‘White Wedding’) Hybrid

Passiflora 'White Wedding'

Passiflora ‘White Wedding’

Edible Fruit.
Rarely used as Tea.

Pink Passion Flower (Passiflora Atropurpurea)

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Passiflora Atropurpurea

Edible Fruit.
Rarely used as Tea.

Varieties without edible fruit :

Orange-petaled passion flower (Passiflora aurantia)

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Passiflora Aurantia

Fruit may not be poisonous, but doesn’t taste very good.

Amazon.com – Passiflora Aurantia Seeds – NATIVE SALMON COLOURED PASSION FRUIT – 10 Seeds ~ $3 + $4 shipping

Passiflora Adenopoda

Passiflora Adenopoda

Passiflora Adenopoda

This variety has at least one case of death caused by eating unripe fruit.

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