28 July 2014

Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis)

This is a photograph of the flower and leaves of the passion fruit (passiflora edulis)

Passion fruit is a beautiful and vigorous climbing plant with shiny green leaves and a very unusual looking flower.  It is a particularly good plant to have in small gardens as it adds another dimension in the form of vertical gardening with its attractive foliage and flowers not to mention its delicious fruit.  Climbers grow well on pergolas, fences and frames and can be trained on walls using metal wires which act as a support.  As well as adding colour and interest not to mention habitat for birds and small reptiles like geckos climbers take up minimal ground space and are good at concealing bare walls and other vertical eye sores in the garden.

Passiflora edulis is a vine species of passion flower that is native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina.  It is cultivated commercially in tropical and subtropical areas for its sweet, seedy fruit and is widely grown in several countries of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southern Asia, Australia, Hawaii and the United States. The passion fruit is round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds.The fruit is both eaten and juiced; passion fruit juice is often added to other fruit juices to enhance aroma.
The flower of the passion fruit is the national flower of Paraguay. 
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