Riverside Hybrids


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Passiflora kermesina
 

 
 

Passiflora kermesina
(Passiflora/Lobatae)
Rio de Janeiro Brazil 1826
Min 6°C 43°F

Passiflora kermesina was thought for many years to be a lost species. A determined effort to find it however led to success in late 2001. The droopy look to the leaves is typical of P. kermesina & similar plants such as P. loefgrenii. I think it is an adaptation like the droopy growing tips on many Passiflora to discourage insect attack.