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Passiflora Caerulea: sowing,properties, characteristics of the plant and all the information on the benefits ofpassionflower. Curiosities about the edible fruit and the meaning of the flower.
TherePassionflowerit is a herbaceous plant with a climbing habit. It develops rapidly and can be grown both in pots and in the ground, alongside walls, railings and gates exposed to the sun.
Ofpassionflowerthere are hundreds of species and all popular for the beauty of the flowers or the beneficial properties. TherePassiflora caeruleait is the one that is most appreciated as an ornamental plant so as to be the most widespread and cultivated. TherePassiflora caeruleait is characterized by large flowers capable of attracting everyone's attention, including pollinating insects.
As well as other plants of the genuspassionflower, also therepassiflora caeruleait is an evergreen with simple lanceolate or lobed leaves of an intense green color.
Its branches stretch out and cover walls, railings, grills, pergolas…. They are able to cover large areas up to a height of over six meters.
The merit note of thepassiflora caeruleaare its flowers, very particular: the crown is 8-10 cm wide, dominated by the corolla of petals. The flowers remain alive throughout the summer. Come onflowersgods mature in a gradual wayfruits. THEfruitsof thepassiflora caeruleathey are oval orange berries that contain numerous leathery seeds wrapped in a gelatinous pulp.
Passiflora, edible fruits: passion fruit
Who points to theedible fruits of the passionflowershouldn't cultivate the speciespassiflora caeruleathat produces them but there are species that offer fruits with more appreciable dimensions and organoleptic properties.
The species valued for theedible fruitI'm therePassiflora edulis, especially the flavicarpa variety, or the Passiflora quadrangularis.
Thefruitedible passion flowerit is called "passion fruit", known throughout the world asPassion fruiteven though its correct name is maracuja.
Passionflower, properties and benefits
To discover all the properties and benefits of this plant, please refer to the page:Passionflower, property.
Passiflora, meaning of flowers
THEpassionflower flowersthey have a shape that recalls that of the crown of thorns placed on Christ's head and for this reason its meaning is linked to the Passion. Therepassionfloweris nicknamed thePassion flowerprecisely because of its regular halo of filaments that are colored in purple, blue and white.
Therepassiflora caeruleait is not the only ornamental passionflower that you can welcome in your garden. Very beautiful and with a high aesthetic impact are Passiflora umbellicata and Passiflora racemosa. These are two species that are not very common and yet they give life to equally magnificent flowers. The first, P. umbellicata, is characterized by purple-brown flowers, of the same size as the passiflora caerulea; the second, the passiflora racemosa, has purple-red or white flowers, gathered in a pendulous raceme inflorescence.
Equally beautiful are thereornamental passionflowerquadrangularis (with very large flowers, white - pink in color) and the ornamental passionflower coccinea, with its characteristic red flowers.
Passionflower, cultivation and care
The advice onpassionflower cultivationare valid both for the caerulea species and for all the other species of the genus passiflora, including those from edible fruits.
Therepassionflowerit is a rustic and very resistant plant, it does not need many careand its cultivation is within everyone's reach.How to grow passionflower?
- Choose a sunny position, even if only partially.
- Plant the passionflower in an area sheltered from the wind and winter cold.
- It should be irrigated frequently in the summer, without overdoing it with water (passionflower is sensitive to water stagnation)
- For growing in pots, choose a medium-textured soil, not too compact.
- Administer a fertilizer for flowering plants, preferably in liquid form. Add the fertilizer to the irrigation water and administer every 15 - 20 days throughout the growing season, that is, from late spring until the end of summer.
- Some reading is neededpruningto maintain a neat appearance of the plant. Shorten too long branches and cut off weak or damaged branches.
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