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Passiflora caerulea L.

Frost-hardy, fast-growing, often rampant, climber with slender stems, deeply, 3-9-lobed leaves, to 10cm long, and bowl-shaped, white or pink-tinged flowers in summer and autumn, to 10cm across, with purple-, blue- and white-zoned coronas, followed by edible orange-yellow fruit, to 6cm long.  To 10m or more.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The Passion-Flower first introduced into this country, was the incarnata of Linnaeus, a native of Virginia, and figured by Parkinson, in his Paradisus Terrestris, who there styles it the surpassing delight of all flowers: the present species, which, from its great beauty and superior hardiness, is now by far the most common, is of more modern introduction; and, though a native of the Brazils, seldom suffers from the severity of our climate; flowering plentifully during most of the summer months, if trained to a wall with a southern aspect, and, in such situations, frequently producing ripe fruit, of the size and form of a large olive, of a pale orange colour.’  [BM t.28/1787].  Introduced to Europe in 1699.  [PD].  BR f.488/1820.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.720/1843]. Passiflora caerulea was ticked in a copy of the Hort. Reg., October 1831.  Although this originally belonged to James Bowman, it is likely that this plant was grown by Macarthur earlier than 1843.


Occasionally seen as a garden escape in the Sydney region [FNSW, Beadle] and often used as rootstock for tenderer varieties. 

Published Jan 31, 2010 - 01:18 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 02:06 PM

Figured are lobed leaf and whitish passion flower with blue and white zoned corolla.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.28, 1787.

Passiflora caerulea L. | BM t.28/1787 | BHL

Family Passifloraceae
Region of origin

Central and South America

Common Name

Blue passionflower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Passiflora caerulea 

Confidence level high