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Pretty Passionflowers

September 11, 2014

I still buy new passionflowers whenever I get the chance.

Some of them haven’t been blooming a lot (I’ll just blame the weird, cold summer we’ve been having), but when they do, it’s fantastic.

‘Pura Vida’:

s100_0607.jpg Passiflora 'Pura Vida'

s100_0608.jpg Passiflora 'Pura Vida'

Wilgen K. Verhoeff (which the tag spells as ‘Verkoeff’, but Google suggests that’s wrong):

s100_0642.jpg Passiflora 'Wilgen K. Verhoeff'

s100_0650.jpg Passiflora 'Wilgen K. Verhoeff'

s100_0651 Passiflora 'Wilgen K. Verhoeff'

s100_0654.jpg Passiflora 'Wilgen K. Verhoeff'

The leaves in the background, by the way, belong to Passiflora trifasciata, which has a lot less impressive flowers:

s100_0537.jpg Passiflora trifasciata

It blooms frequently, but only in the mornings, so I rarely see the flowers. I actually took the picture at work, on one of the plants I brought in to sell. (We even had one customer come in this year and ask for them (I’d brought some last year, too), which was pretty awesome for me.)

My most reliable bloomer – which has flowers pretty much every day, even if they’re small, is Passiflora citrina:

s100_0491.jpg Passiflora citrina

Passiflora aurantia is not quite such a constant bloomer, but still quite reliable. To be honest, though, I don’t really find it pretty. Just interesting and unusual.

s100_0495.jpg Passiflora aurantia

And lastly, Passiflora murucuja, which blooms a bit less often than P. aurantia (or maybe I just don’t notice it as much, because the flowers are usually rather high up). Another one with rather small flowers, but so pretty.

s100_0497.jpg Passiflora murucuja

s100_0493.jpg Passiflora murucuja

Amethyst’ looks like it’s going to bloom any day now (it sure took it’s time, but as I said, I’m blaming the weather), but ‘Sapphire’ (which I love a lot more than ‘Amethyst’ just keeps aborting buds… I don’t know what’s going on there…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2014 02:19

    Will they hybridize with one another? (Have you tried?)

    • September 11, 2014 02:25

      Not yet – I kind of want to, but I haven’t really had the energy/motivation for it lately (or for a lot of things, really).
      I had a fruit on ‘Sapphire’ last year, which I had high hopes for, but it turned to not actually have any seeds.

  2. daphnegould permalink
    September 11, 2014 13:22

    I always find passion flowers very weird. Beautiful but strange. I love that top one.

    • September 11, 2014 13:30

      I think that’s the main appeal of passionflowers for me – that they’re so weird.

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