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Passiflora, Passion Fruit, Granadilla, Passion Vine, Passion Vine 'Purple Possum'

Passiflora edulis

Family: Passifloraceae (pas-ih-flor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Passiflora (pass-iff-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Species: edulis (ED-yew-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Possum


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bakersfield, California

San Marcos, California

Cape Coral, Florida

Deland, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Miami, Florida

Orlando, Florida

New York City, New York

Erwin, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 18, 2010, Blackwill from Bakersfield, CA wrote:

I also purchased a rooted "Possum Purple" cutting from Logees about 7 months ago. The plant immediately took off, and climbed to the top of my pergola in about 2 months time. It's mid-October now, and the vine has started to bloom profusely. No bees this time of year, I've been hand-pollinating.

I'm not getting any fragrance from the flowers, but what a beautiful show! I'm hoping at least one or two of the flowers set fruit before winter kill. Most just drop after a day or three.

Hopefully it will bloom earlier next year,and the bees will do their work on the flowers. Plety of pollen, that's for sure.


On Jan 21, 2010, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I purchased a rooted cutting/plant from Logee's in late spring, 2009, and had it on our office windowsill in midtown Manhattan. After a number of weeks without significant growth, it really took off. We had flowers from late summer to fall, and two fruits, one of which I ate yesterday- January 20th, 2010. It was as good or better than ones I've purchased in the store. Two fruits do not a big harvest make, but for a NYC office windowsill, I was happy. The window DOES face south, and we are above most surrounding buildings, so the vine gets PLENTY of sun throughout the year. The fruit was a greenish-purple color.