A granadilla isn’t just a tasty fruit; this climbing plant also looks lovely rambling over a fence or pergola. And thanks to its evergreen leaves, it’s perfect for hiding unsightly elements in the garden.
Simply provide a latte support and wait for the granadilla climber to quickly cover the eyesore. The granadilla is a subtropical plant that originates in Brazil and thrives in regions with hot summers and mild winters.
In colder areas it may produce less fruit – preferably, plant it on the northern side of the house and make sure it’s protected from frost. Well-established granadillas can cope with light frost.
The fruit of Passiflora edulis, the granadilla in stores at this time of year, is a dark purple. It’s delicious as is, in lemonade or even in cakes and tarts.
This summer-bearing granadilla also boasts stunning white and purple flowers before the fruit appears. Find one at your nearest nursery.
Did You Know?
The granadilla is also popularly known as the passion flower. The name comes from the Roman Catholic missionaries in South America who regarded the characteristics of the flower as symbolic of Christ’s suffering.
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