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Products > Passiflora ligularis
 
Passiflora ligularis - Granadilla

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Passifloraceae (Passion-flowers)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue & White
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): High Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Passiflora ligularis (Granadilla) - A vigorous vine that is woody at the base and climbs onto structures or high into trees using tendrils with heart-shaped 4 to 8 inch long leaves that are of a medium green color and paler below with prominent veins. In the warmer months of the year appear the 4 inch wide sweetly fragrant flowers, often in pairs at the leaf base. These flowers have greenish white sepals and light pinkish-white petals with 2 ranks of filaments that are banded with bluish purple. These are followed by 2 to 3 inch long rounded yellow-orange fruit with light purple markings with a hard outer shell surrounding the gelatinous clear pulp that contains the seeds. This sweet pulp is the edible part and contains vitamins A, C, and K, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Other common names include Sweet granadilla, Grenadia, Water Lemon, Granada China and Sugar Fruit. This plant is not recommended for growing in California but we have been tending, for several years, a large vine in our nursery that bears good fruit. It was growing through a large Datura though now is in full sun. This plant is native to northern Argentina through the Andes Mountains between Bolivia and Venezuela and as far north as Mexico. It is cultivated worldwide in mild moist tropical mountainous regions. The specific epithet "ligularis" is in reference to the flower's ligulate meaning strapped shaped corolla filaments.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Passiflora ligularis.
 
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