Passion Flower, Passiflora caerulea

What a remarkable piece of floral construction – I’ve remarked on this before when I photographed the smaller yellow cousin, Passiflora citrina – though this one is absolutely not a manageable houseplant. A twining climber, it has vigorous if a little straggly growth, benefitting from being grown up or through something else. In a long warm and late summer, yellow-orange fruits are produced which are edible but not the same as the greengrocer variety. White flowered cultivars are available – Constance Elliott, White Lightening – these are not necessarily as hardy as the species.