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Passiflora 'Karen' 4" pot

An extremely showy hybrid from Passiflora breeder Carlos Ibarra.  This gorgeous flower has for its parent Passiflora parritae, one of the most highly sought passiflora of all.  The 6" flowers are electric red/pink with a dark eye in the center.  The color almost shimmers!  Lovely.  It produces yellow, edible fruit without a pollinator!  Keep in mind that it will not tolerate hot weather, though, so if your temps stay in the eighties and don't cool down at night for weeks at a time, you will probably have trouble keeping it alive.  There are also grafted plants for sale that are rumored to be more heat tolerant.

Named after Karen Torres, grand niece of the breeder.  Photos courtesy of Chuck Chan.

Subgenus: Passiflora, Supersection: Tacsonia (P. parritae x P. antioquiensis)

Light: Full sun, part shade.  There will be less flowers in part shade.  It would be good to give it afternoon shade in warmer climates.

Water: Moderate.

Soil: A wide range of soil, but it must be well-drained.

Fertilizer: A slow-release, bloom-booster type fertilizer is appreciated, but beware of using a fertilizer with too much nitrogen as it may push leaves at the expense of flowers.

Hardiness: Zone 9.




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