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Passiflora actinia - Hook.
                 
Common Name Passion Flower
Family Passifloraceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. America - Brazil.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Passiflora actinia Passion Flower


Passiflora actinia Passion Flower
   
Physical Characteristics
 icon of manicon of climber
Passiflora actinia is an evergreen Climber growing to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to September, and the seeds ripen from Sep to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[262]. The fruit has a very fragrant pulp[262].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
This species can possibly be used as a rootstock for species such as P. alata and P. quadrangularis. It should confer greater hardiness and also have a dwarfing effect on the grafted plants[262].
Cultivation details
Plants are tolerant of temperatures that occasionally go down to about -5°c for short periods and so can possibly be grown outdoors in the mildest areas of the country. The top growth will be killed by the cold, but so long as the root is well mulched and is in a very well-drained soil, it should grow back in the spring[262]. The plant is very suitable for growing in pots in a conservatory or even in a south-facing window[262]. Plants produce tendrils and climb by attaching these to other plants. If fruit is required, specially when the plant is growing indoors, it is best to hand pollinate using pollen from a flower that has been open for 12 hours to pollinate a newly opened flower before midday[88, 200]. The flowers open in sunny weather and do not open on dull cloudy days[219]. Plants are very tolerant of pruning and can be cut back to ground level if required to rejuvenate the plant[202]. Any pruning is best carried out in the spring[219]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow late winter or early spring in a warm greenhouse. If sown in January and grown on fast it can flower and fruit in its first year[88]. The seed germinates in 1 - 12 months at 20°c. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. It you are intending to grow the plants outdoors, it is probably best to keep them in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Mulch the roots well in late autumn to protect them from the cold. Cuttings of young shoots, 15cm with a heel, in spring[1]. Leaf bud cuttings in spring. Cuttings of fully mature wood in early summer. Takes 3 months. High percentage[3].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Christian Tue May 6 2008
Passionflower has medicinal uses: may be benefical in treatment of muscle cramps sedates the central nervous system useful in treatment for depressions alleviates nervousness assists in treatments of asthma, coughs and whooping cough may alleviate male infertility
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