Common name: Banana passion flower, Tacso de Castilla, Bananadilla
Origin: South America, Mexico
Height at maturity: 10 meters
Hardiness: -5°C to protect or bring in winter
Plant type: climbing plant
Vegetation: perennial but not very hardy
Flower color: pink
Type of soil: rich in humus and draining
Watering: copiously in summer, once every 10 days in winter
Use: pergola, trellis, porch, indoor, pot
Diseases and pests: spider mites, caterpillars, nematodes
Toxicity: not determined
Storage of seeds: 1 year in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
A climbing plant with rapid growth, these branches are slender and fluffy.
In spring, beautiful bright pink flowers bloom with a long coral pink tube (peduncle) up to 6cm. The flowers appear pendulous at the end of a long stem. Measuring 5 to 10 centimeters in diameter, they appear after 1 year of the plant’s life.
This passionflower produces many edible fruits, measuring 12 centimeters long, with orange pulp and tasty but not very sweet. Appreciated, they are used transformed into juice or sorbets. In addition, the fruits keep for a relatively long time. The plant can produce up to 300 fruits per year.
This plant can be grown indoors behind a window or in a sunny veranda. It will also find its place in summer on terraces and balconies. It can withstand a temperature of -5°C but if you do not live in a region with a mild climate, it is advisable to grow it in a container so that you can bring it into a greenhouse or veranda during the winter period.