Common Name: Passion flower
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist
Time to plant seeds: March to May
This popular passion flower has creamy-white flowers with purple-blue zoned coronas. The attractive foliage is 10cm (4in) across, glossy green and very deeply lobed. Plants make rapid annual growth each year as this clings with tendrils, plants won't damage brickwork or fences but need suitable supports to grow on. Passion flower is in bloom from mid- to late summer and, after a warm summer, it is not unusual to find large orange-yellow fruits forming. These can be left on the plants for decoration. They are edible but do not have an outstanding flavour. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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