400032 Passion flower - Passiflora x Voileacea
Passion Flower 'Voileacea' has such remarkable Rose-Mauve blooms it appears to be transluscent or nearly glow-in-the-dark. The first blooms on younger vines start a deep mauve/violet and as the vine matures into its second and third year they develop with a beautiful rose tint. Passion Flower 'Voileacea' blooms repeatedly and it is evergreen and smooth- textured and hardy tolerating temperatures down to -7C (20F). It has a healthy dark leaf which sets the flowers off well. This hardy hybrid was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit and is an interesting vine to grow. These climbing plants make rapid annual growth each year as they cling with tendrils. Passion Flower vines won't damage brickwork or fences but need suitable supports to grow on. Passion Flower 'Voileacea' can also be used indoors as a houseplant or grown as a conservatory plant. The Passion Flower was given its name by missionary priests in South America who saw a resemblance between the flower and elements of Christ's passion.The ten flower segments were said to represent ten apostles (Peter and Judus were not included), the corona the crown of thorns, the five stamens Christ's five wounds and the three stigmas the three nails. Passion flowers love a high potash feed from May to September to really boost the flower power of these remarkable vines and normal strength diluted tomorite with its liquid seaweed extract will also put a good shine on the foliage.