Passiflora quadrangularis L.

Giant Grenadilla, Grenadine

Family: Passifloraceae

Genus: Passiflora

Category: Vine

Zones: Tropical

Size: To 50'

Growth Rate: Fast


Woody vine. Tendrils in the leaf axils. Alternate leaves, to 8" long, with conspicuous veins. Fragrant flowers to 5" diameter, purple-red. Melon-like fruit, green to yellow skin. The largest fruit of the Passiflora genus.

From Bot. Reg. Much cultivated in the West Indies as an ornamental climber, especially for arbours and covered walks, for which it is eminently adapted by a rapid and extensive growth, beautiful and fragrant bloom, and broad deep green foliage.

[quote: The bloom is the largest and handsomest of any species known to us; and is

usually produced abundantly about August or September.]


Cultivated in England by Philip Miller in 1760. Grown in the Caribbean in 1750.

First published in Syst. Nat., ed. 10 2: 1248 in 1759.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 14 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. It was cultivated in this country by Ph. Miller in 1760...


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