A picture of a Blue Passion Flower

Blue Passion Flower

Passiflora caerulea

Also known as

Blue Crown, Common Passion Flower, Flower Of Five Wounds, Southern Beauty, Wild Apricot, Brazilian Passionflower, Blue Passionfruit

Passiflora caerulea (makro close-up) by Petar Milošević (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

4m

8m

Min

2.5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Blue Passion Flower

A close up of the white and purple flower of Passiflora caerulea.
A close up of the white and purple flower of Passiflora caerulea.
A close up of the white and purple flower of Passiflora caerulea next to a ripe orange fruit.
A close up of the white and purple flower of Passiflora caerulea.

Blue Passion Flower Overview

Passiflora caerulea is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen climber that produces unique and large (8cm) blue-purple and white flowers during the summer and into autumn. It has dark-green, deeply-lobed lobed leaves. A hardy woody vine, this stunning plant can reach 25m (82') in height, using its tendrils to climb up supports or nearby trees, making it an ideal cover for sheltered, south or west-facing walls. Preferring warmer conditions, Passion Flowers also enjoy being grown in conservatories and can be easily grown in large containers. They like moist, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade. Commonly known as Blue Passion Flower, this South American native will produce oval orange fruit from its second year. In warmer climates with longer growing seasons, these fruits ripen but are considered bland in comparison to Passiflora edulis (Passion Fruit) Passiflora caerulea has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Blue Passion Flower

How to propagate Blue Passion Flower

Cuttings

Layer stems in summer.

Seed

Sow seeds in early spring, under cover with bottom heat.

Layering

Special features of Blue Passion Flower

Ground cover

Provide support for this plant to climb up walls or allow it to scramble along the ground.

Attractive flowers

Passion flowers have five sepals and petals that are whitish in colour and similar in appearance. These are surmounted by a corona of blue or violet filaments, above which held on a short stem are five greenish-yellow stamens and three purple stigmas.

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