PASSION FRUIT VINE Passiflora ligularis

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Passiflora ligularis, commonly known as the sweet granadilla, grenadia, or granadilla.

They have abundant attractive flowers. The fruit is orange to yellow colored with small light markings. The fruit is between 6.5 and 8 centimetres (2+1⁄2 and 3+1⁄4 in) long and between 5.1 and 7 centimetres (2 and 2+3⁄4 in) in diameter. The pulp is the edible part of the fruit and has a soft sweet taste. It is very aromatic and contains vitamins A, C, and K, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.

Passiflora ligularis, is an evergreen climbing shrub, producing stems of up to 5 metres (16 ft) long. The stems scramble over the ground or clamber into the surrounding vegetation, attaching themselves by means of coiling tendrils.

It is native to the Andes Mountains, mainly Peru, including Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. It grows as far south as northern Argentina and as far north as Mexico. Outside of its native range it grows in the tropical mountains of Africa and Australia (where they are known as passionfruit or Granadilla), and is now common in local markets of Papua New Guinea, where it is known as 'sugar fruit'.

Hardiness zones: 9-10

Type: Climbing Vine

Location: Sun or part sun

Note: Parts of this plant are poisonous. Only the ripe orange-yellow fruits should be eaten.

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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