Maracuja Grande Fruit Plant (Passiflora alata)
Common Name: Fragrant granadilla, winged-stem passion flower, Maracuja Grande
Botanical Name: Passiflora alata
General Information: Passiflora alata, commonly known as Fragrant granadilla or winged-stem passion flower, is an evergreen vine that can grow to a height of 6 meters or more. This species is recognized for bearing an edible type of passion fruit. It is native to the Amazon region, ranging from Peru to eastern Brazil. The plant is characterized by large, highly fragrant flowers and is cultivated both for ornamental purposes and the production of its appreciated edible fruit.
The edible fruit of Passiflora alata is often gathered from the wild. The fruits are sizeable, measuring 8 - 11cm in length and 5 - 8cm in width. They have a juicy pulp with a delightful, sweet flavor, making them popular for consumption and for preparing beverages.
Maintenance: Cultivating Passiflora alata requires a moderate level of maintenance. The vine produces fruits within 1 to 2 years, offering both ornamental value and a source of delicious, aromatic passion fruit. The plant is versatile, finding use both as an ornamental addition to gardens and for the cultivation of its edible fruits.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 1 to 2 Years