Common name: Passionflower Herbertiana
Height at maturity: up to 9 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: climbing plant
Flower color: pinkish white
Soil type: ordinary to rich
Watering: keep moist
Use: pergola, trellis, porch, indoor, pot
Diseases and pests: red spider mites, scale insects, mosaic
Toxicity: edible fruits
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Passiflora herbertiana is a passionflower native to Australia, it is endemic there.
This climbing plant can grow up to nine meters. When ripe, it produces a multitude of star-shaped white flowers variegated with pastel colors ranging from orange to yellow.
It uses curly tendrils growing at the base of leaf stalks to hold itself in place and work its way upward toward sunlight.
The leaves have a rather unusual shape when the plant is young: an elongated oval with a middle bump on one side. The leaf stalks and the underside of the leaves are finely hairy, although you will need a magnifying glass to see them clearly.
It is a hardy plant and will grow in many different soils, from sand to heavy clay, but thrives best in very wet springs and summers.
Passiflora herbertiana produces edible fruits which remain green when ripe. The plant will need heat and sun to allow you to harvest the fruits and consume them.