1 g. Purple Passion Fruit seeds, Passionflower, Passiflora edulis, China
Passiflora edulis is a vine species of passion flower that is native to South America that sports wildly tropical-looking purple flowers. It is commercially cultivated in many tropical and subtropical areas such as Hawaii for its sweet, seedy fruit, commonly called passion fruit. The fruit is a pepo, a type of berry, round to oval, dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The fruit is both eaten and juiced; the juice is often added to other fruit juices to enhance aroma and flavor.
Prefers a frost-free location. Cover the plant if a frost is imminent. Easy to grow. Great for an arbor or overhang. Bees and butterflies love the flowers, especially giant carpenter bees.
This is the only species that the Gulf Fritillary butterflies will use as a breeding ground. Their orange and black caterpillars eat the leaves before cocoon time. My passionflower plant supports a butterfly colony of about 25 orange and silver butterflies who then feed on the nectar plants here, such as lavender.