White Passion Flower & Fruit
"Passion flowers
are found in varieties
of red, blue, purple, and white"

Description

The passion flower is a perennial plant that grows 30 feet in length and bears alternate, serrate leaves with finely-toothed lobes. Most are vines, some being shrubs and a few being herbaceous (leaves and stems dying to soil level at the end of the growing season and new growth appearing with the new season).

The flowers are found in varieties of red, blue, purple, and white; they bloom from May to July. Each flower has five sepals and petals. The corona in the flower is blue or with violet filaments. The stamens are greenish-yellow and the stigmas purple. The fruit is a round or ovoid berry with numerous seeds. The pulp and juice are popular for their exotic flavor and aroma.

Purple Passion Flowers

 


Passion Flower – Family, Description and Biology

Family

The passion flower (Passiflora) belongs to the Passifloraceae family, and has about 500 species. Species include incarnata, involucrata, alata, edulis, quadrangularis, coccinea, and caerulea, among others.

Common names include maypop, apricot vine, Passiflore rouge, passionsblume, purple passion-flower, granadilla, maracujŠ, and passion vine.

White Passion Flowers

Habitat

The passion flower is indigenous to an area extending from southeast U.S. to Brazil and Argentina. They are found in most of South America as well as China and southern Asia, New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand.
The Passifloraceae family is found in Africa; however, the species found here is not the Passiflora genus but the more primitive Adenia.

The purple-fruited Passiflora edulis and the yellow-fruited Passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa are widely grown in subtropical and tropical regions for their fruit.