February 1, 2023
Passiflora vitifolia

Passiflora vitifolia

Passiflora vitifolia is a climbing vine native to Central America and northwestern South America. It is part of the Passifloraceae family of plants. It is also known as the Perfumed Passionflower, Vine-leaved Passion Flower, Grape-Leaved Passion Flower, Passiflora sanguinea, Crimson Passion Flower, Perfumed Passion Flower.

It has serrate leaves similar to grape leaves which is also why it is called vitifolia. Unlike other passionflowers, Passiflora vitifolia has bright red flowers. They are 10cm or 4in in diameter. The fruit is about 5cm. It has lots of seeds and green flesh. The fruit is sour. After it falls from the plant it still takes another month to ripen.

Passiflora vitifolia
Passiflora vitifolia at Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Passiflora vitifolia is a tender evergreen, it has a hairy reddish-brown stem. It flowers from summer to autumn. Grow Passiflora vitifolia in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in loam-based potting soil, keep it moist, but well-drained. Passiflora vitifolia is generally disease-free, but watch out for red spider mites or scale insects. Propagate by seed, layering, or semi-hardwood cuttings.

I noticed this plant for the first time at Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Los Angeles, which is located at 17190 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, California. It is near the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). It is a wonderful garden with wonderful plants growing around a path around a lake. There are quiet sitting areas where you can relax, meditate, and enjoy the surroundings.

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