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Passiflora antioquiensis

This is one of the most beautiful flowering vines ive ever seen!  Passiflora antioquiensis is a rare gem from the cool rainforests of Colombia.  Its oversized flowers are one of the largest of all Passiflora species.  The fluorescent reddish-pink blooms dangle by incredibly long stems up to 2 feet long!  And its banana-shaped fruits are considered by some to be the tastiest of all Passionfruit species!  This species is very rare in cultivation, and fresh seeds are rarely seen for sale.

Banana Passion Fruit

Banana Passionfruit

Passiflora antioquiensis (pronounced An-tee-oh-kwee-EN-sis) is related to the Banana Passionfruit (P. mollissima), however it is a smaller vine and not invasive like the other species.  It tends to grow around 15 to 20 feet long, although it may be pruned shorter if necessary.  The 5 inch wide flowers appear in winter and again in summer.  The colorful blooms have orange anthers, lime-green stigmas, and a purple ring of filaments around the base.  The sepals are frosted with silvery-green on top, giving them a striped look.  These decorative blooms stay open for about 3 or 4 days and are pollinated by hummingbirds.  This species looks best when grown over an arbor or similar overhang, where the blooms can drop down like mobiles and put on their show!  The big, yellow fruits ripen around 6 months later.  Unlike most passion fruits, which tend to be tart and not very sweet, this one is the opposite nicely sweet and moderately tart.

Passiflora antioquiensis

Passiflora antioquiensis comes from Antioquia in Colombia, where the weather is spring-like all year and nights are cool.  Like most related highland Passifloras, this one resents heat.  It prefers temperatures below 80 degrees F (27C) and probably will not flower above 85 degrees (29C), especially if nights are warm.  I've read that it can handle 2 or 3 degrees of brief frost, although i recommend protecting it from all frost.  This species prefers partial sun.  Protect it from strong, afternoon sun.  Like most Passifloras, it likes moist, well-draining soil and regular watering & feeding.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.

Passiflora antioquiensis

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