Another rare and unusual gem. Passiflora aurantia is native to Australia but also occurs in New Guinea and on some Pacific islands. It climbs by means of clinging tendrils and can be kept as an container plant. The long tendrils need lots of support for climbing. Passiflora aurantia has been known to attach itself to textured brick. It may be grown as a houseplant in a sunny South-facing window.
The red or salmon colored flowers are seen mainly in Winter and Spring but some flowers may also occur at other times of the year. From Latin, aurantius means, orange colored, referring to the flower. The flowers are 3 inches in diameter and are followed by ovoid, green fruits, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Foliage is trilobed, dark green and up to 3 inches long.
Although Passiflora aurantia occurs in sub-tropical to tropical areas it has proven to be a reliable garden plant in most temperate areas if protected from frost. It prefers moist, fairly rich soils, reasonable drainage and can be grown in full sun to semi-shade.