Passiflora gibertii

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Passiflora gibertii
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P.gibertii fruits and flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Passiflora
Subgenus: Granadilla
Species: P.gibertii
Binomial name
Passiflora gibertii

Passiflora gibertii is a fast-growing ornamental vine with edible fruits. The flowers are also ornamental. The fast growing vine can grow up to 27 feet long. It has three lobed (occasionally 5 lobed) leaves which can grow to a few inches long. Vines may trail across arbors or climb trees or fences. The plant is easily container-grown and will flower readily. Flowering generally occurs in warm months. Some fruits may follow and the ripe fruits which are yellow to orange in color are edible, though some reports claim the unripe fruits are poisonous. Its hardiness is to about 32 °F. It grows in full sun or in part shade. The vines need regular water, especially during the growing season. It is easily container grown. Vines can be pruned if needed, as secondary shoots readily sprout. Seeds benefit from presoaking and require warm temperatures of 75-85 °F for germination. Germination time is erratic and often takes several weeks to a few months. P. gibertii is not as commonly planted as some of the other Passifloras. It is native to South America, from Argentina through Paraguay and Brazil.