Passiflora maliformis

Passiflora maliformis

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3 Reviews
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Passiflora maliformis, commonly known as the Sweet Calabash or Conch Apple, is a species of flowering plant in the family Passifloraceae. This plant is renowned for its unique and attractive features. It typically has a climbing or trailing growth habit, supported by slender, woody vines that can reach significant lengths. The leaves of Passiflora maliformis are deeply three-lobed, with a glossy, dark green upper surface and a paler underside.

One of the most striking aspects of this plant is its flowers. The blossoms are large and showy, characterized by their intricate structure. They usually display a combination of white and purple hues with a prominent, fringed corona of purple and white radial filaments. These filaments surround the central structure of the flower, which consists of several stamens and a trio of styles atop a single ovary.

Following flowering, Passiflora maliformis produces fruit that is roughly the size of an apple, hence the name "Sweet Calabash" or "Conch Apple." These fruits have a hard, somewhat spherical shell that turns from green to yellow or brown as they ripen. Inside, the fruit contains a sweet, aromatic pulp that is often yellowish-orange in color and filled with small, black seeds. This pulp is edible and is used in various culinary applications, particularly in tropical regions where the plant is native.

The plant thrives in warm, tropical climates and requires well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. It is often grown for both its ornamental value and its fruit, and it can be a striking addition to gardens in suitable climates. Due to its climbing nature, it is commonly trained along fences, trellises, or other support structures.

Plant Type:
Perennial Fruiting Vine

Harvest Season:

Mature Size:
Up to 30 ft.

Soil & Moisture:
Well-drained soil that can hold moisture, high in organic matter

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Better fruit production with more sun exposure.


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-12 (frost protection); Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Our Yellow Passion Fruit is grown from seed, capable of fruiting within growing season.

Our Purple Passion Fruit is grown from cuttings and tissue culture, capable of fruiting within growing season. 

Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars
Based on 3 reviews
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67%would recommend this product
3 reviews
  • S
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    4 Stars

    I like the responsiveness of the team when I had an issue getting delivery. They were fantastic and got me my plants quickly. I do not like how often I receive text messages for products on sale.

  • RM
    Ralph M.
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 months ago
    Very Excited.

    Mine arrived quick and in good condition. Super excited to see this one in action this spring. I have bought numerous trees, vines and other various plants from this store and have never once been disappointed in the service they have delivered. One day I hope to go see their main store in person.

  • M
    I do not recommend this product
    Rated 1 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    1 Star

    She arrived very limp, died within days.

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