Saturday, July 7, 2012

Passiflora alata

Passiflora alata
Passiflora alata or Winged-Stem Passionflower is not very hardy but produces beautiful flowers and edible fruit. It looks like a smaller version of Passiflora quadrangularis.

It produces highly fragrant flowers from 7 to 10 cm in diameter, the petals and sepals bright red, the filaments are red, white and purple.

The fruits are oval, yellow to bright orange color, 8 to 15 cm long and 5 to 10 cm wide. The flesh is light orange, slightly acidic and very tasty. They are widely consumed in Brazil.

Common names:

Fragrant Granadilla, Passionflower, Winged-Stem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passionflower


Amazon region in Brazil, 0-1,500 m altitude


  • Ornamental
  • Delicious fruits, edible fresh and in juice.


USDA zone 10-11, 1 °C


Fertile and well drained.
Tolerates a wide variety of soils, except for desert soils.


10 m


Flower of 7-10 in diameter, bright red petals and sepals. The filaments are red, white and purple.


Seed, cutting


1 to 10 weeks


Sun, light

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds 1 to 2 days
  • sow in a light and moist mixture
  • 20-24 °C


  • give plenty of water and fertilizer during the growing period
  • when grown in a pot, a smaller pot inhibits root growth and encourages flowering, a bigger pot promotes root growth and reduces flowering
  • ideal temperature: 15-28 °C in the summer and 13-18 °C in the winter