blue passion flower
blue passion fruit

Blue Passion Flower, Passiflora caerulea

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Approx: 10 seeds
Blue Passion Flower or Blue Crown fruit is egg-shaped, roughly two inches in diameter with a yellow to orange outer skin when ripe. The inner off-white flesh has small red edible seeds with a subtle sweet and peppery flavor. The flavor is somewhat blackberry-like. The fruit may take a back seat to the stunning flower that appears before the fruit mature and ripen. The flower has attracted admirers throughout time and was named “passion flower” by 16th century missionaries in South America, saying the symbolized the death of Christ.

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Blue Passion flower is native to the southern countries of South America and is known as Mburucuyá in parts of Paraguay. The tree is very hardy and can handle very low temperatures; it is evergreen in mild climates and can grow back from roots in areas of severe cold. The plant is grown in the southwestern US. 

Full Sun
Height: 120-240 inches
Spread: 24-36 inches
Growth Habit: Vine

Passion fruit vines grow on many soil types but light to heavy sandy loams with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5 are the most suitable. Excellent drainage is absolutely necessary. Also, the soil should be rich in organic matter and low in salts. If the soil is too acid, lime must be applied. Because the vines are shallow-rooted, they will benefit from a thick layer of organic mulch.

Keep near: Legumes.

The pulp of the passionfruit is rich in Vitamins A and C and its edible seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Its pulp has also been found to be rich in phytochemicals aka antioxidants, which have been shown to help to prevent certain cancers and support a healthy immune system. The flower of the passionfruit has been used for centuries by many cultures as a medicinal supplement to treat insomnia, asthma, anxiety and menopause. The inner white rind of the passionfruit is currently being studied as well for its ability to reduce asthma symptoms and alleviate the pain caused by osteoarthritis.

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