PASSION FLOWER VINE, CURUBA Passiflora mixta
Passiflora mixta is also known as curuba, curuba de indio, curuba de monte, curubita, curuba (Colombia), parcha (Venezuela), and taxo (Ecuador). Passiflora mixta is endemic to the Americas, ranges from Venezuela to Bolivia, and is naturalized in Africa and New Zealand.
A perennial vine, Passiflora mixta can be identified by large pink flowers. It has an elongated hypanthum 7–15 cm long (2.8–5.9 in) with a base that contains nectar, which makes makes it attractive to the Sword-billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera), which is the only living species in the genus Ensifera. This bird is found throughout the northern Andes and is identified by its extremely large beak that is longer than the size of its entire body.
Hardiness zones: 9-11
Type: Climbing Vine
Location: Sun or part sun
Note: Ornamental use only. These seeds and/or plants are poisonous.
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: Lightly rub the hard seed coat with sandpaper to help water pernitrate. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours before planting. Place seeds just below the soil surface, and place the container is a warm location 21-29C (72-85F). Cover the pot with clear plastic to help retain moisture. Germination can occur within 4 weeks to 6 months. Keep warm, as cool soils will significantly delay seed germination time if not inhibit germination altogether. Standard room temperature can be too cool for proper germination. Once seedlings sprout, remove the plastic, and place the pot in a sunny location.
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