Passiflora caerulea
Common name: 
Passion Flower
Blue Passion Flower
Blue Crown Passion Flower
Pronunciation: 
pa-si-FLO-ra ser-U-lee-ah
Family: 
Passifloraceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Vigorous climber, more of less evergreen in mild climates, grown as a root-hardy perennial is colder climates.  Leaves alternate, simple, 10-15 cm wide, palmately 5-lobed, sometimes 3, 7, of 9 lobed, lobes oblong.  At the base of each leaf is a twining tendril 5–-10 cm long.  Flowers solitary, on long stalks, sometimes fragrant, 7-10 cm wide, petals white to white-pink inside, green outside, filaments blue on the outer half, white in the middle, and red a the base, styles purple.  Fruit egg-shaped, 6 x 4 cm, yellow or orange.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7 (considered the hardiest species)    Native to Brazil and Argentina, some selections available.
  • caerula: dark blue, a reference to the flowers.
  • Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: Hort Garden, west of Cordley Hall.
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    plant habit, flowering

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    flowers

  • bud, flower, and fruit

    bud, flower, and fruit

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    leaves