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Passiflora sidifolia (sidaefolia)

This is a close look at the beautiful Passiflora sidifolia.  This Brazilian species makes ornate blossoms with a delightful, perfumy scent!  The frilly, purple & white blooms appear in large numbers throughout the year on this compact and very decorative vine.  It is pretty rare and seldom seen for sale.

Passiflora sidifolia (sidaefolia)

It is a vigorous vine, but not as rampant as some other Passifloras, making it well-suited for a container.  It flowers at a young age in a 1 gallon pot, and may be trimmed to any size that is convenient.  The blooms appear in waves several times throughout the year.  The 3 inch flowers are well-shaped, with their pure-white white petals and banded, purple & white filaments.  They emit a fragrance that is sort of like baby powder and lilacs.  Most people love it!  The plant hasn't made fruit for me but they are reportedly tasty.  You can cross-breed it with some other Passifloras to create new hybrids!

Passiflora sidifolia (sidaefolia)

I have only grown it in cool conditions, but i suspect it may stop blooming in high temperatures, over about 85 F (29C).  It reportedly can survive a few degrees of frost, although it will defoliate.  It enjoys mostly sunny conditions.  It might want some shade from hot afternoon sun.  Like most Passifloras, it likes fertile, well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist.  I find it easy and low-maintenance.

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