The beauty and difficulty of this passionflower is legendary!
Passiflora parritae, one of the most beautiful passionflowers, is also one of the most temperamental. Native to the mountains of South America, it is very intolerant of weather that is too hot or too cold. Until now, it has been almost impossible to grow unless you have the good fortune to live in a coastal Mediterranean climate. Long believed to be extinct in the wild, it is still extremely rare.
This showy vine has 10" (!) flowers that are pumpkin orange. It is jaw-dropping in full bloom! If pollinated, it bears long yellow fruits with good flavor.
From Elizabeth: I have grafted these plants to Passiflora caerulea, a much more care-free and heat-tolerant rootstock, which makes it much easier to grow in less ideal climates.
Offering grafted plants of the rarest and most difficult passionflowers has been a goal for several years, and I'm excited that I am able to offer these plants for pre-order. The grafts have taken, but I will not ship until the plants are large and well-established. I'm still new to this process, but this is your chance to reserve one this year, it appears parritae grafts will only take during this temperate season in our climate.
When you order a grafted plant, I will be contacting each person individually when the plant is ready to ship to ensure that the plant is expected. We want to have every confidence that these plants will thrive when you receive them, so this may take a while. If you order other plants, the grafted plants will be shipped separately based on their growth timeline.
Also, I'd really appreciate any feedback you could send me on how the grafted plants perform. I'm new to this and would love to hear how P. parritae does in your climate!
Subgenus: Passiflora, Supersection: Tacsonia
Light: Full sun, part shade. In hot climates, afternoon shade is important.
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.