Passiflora ‘Damsels’ Delight’

Passion Flower


Passiflora ‘Damsel’s Delight’ is a stunning climbing plant known for its vibrant, exotic flowers. The blooms showcase intricate, fringed petals in deep pink to purple hues, complemented by a striking white and purple corona. This passionflower variety features lush, dark green foliage, providing dense and attractive cover.

Blooming from late spring to early autumn, it adds a tropical touch to gardens and the flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, enhancing garden biodiversity. This fast-growing climber is ideal for creating a lush, colourful garden display.


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Origin: Hybrid of horticultural origin
Genus: Passiflora
Species / Cultivar: 'Damsels' Delight'
Common Name: Passion Flower
Synonym: Passiflora 'Silly Cow'

Plant Biography

The genus Passiflora, commonly known as Passion Flowers, comprises around 550 species primarily native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. First described by Linnaeus in 1753, Passiflora species were valued by indigenous cultures for their medicinal properties long before European discovery. The name “Passiflora” comes from Latin, meaning “passion flower,” due to the flower’s resemblance to Christian symbolism of the Passion of Christ.

Widely cultivated for their ornamental beauty and edible fruits, especially the passion fruit (Passiflora edulis), these plants are significant in traditional medicine, horticulture, and agriculture. Today, numerous hybrids have been created to enhance flower size, colour and frequency. ‘Damsel’s Delight’ was created just down the road from the Palm Centre by plant breeder Myles Irvine of Riverside Passiflora.

Passiflora ‘Damsels’ Delight’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 8-12m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2.5-4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Passiflora ‘Damsel’s Delight’ is a vigorous, climbing passionflower variety growing best in full sun and well-drained soil. It thrives in warm microclimates and needs protection from hard frost. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry periods, but avoid waterlogging.

Pruning in early spring encourages healthy growth and flowering. This variety can reach up to 8-12 metres in height, making it suitable for trellises or arbours. Fertilise monthly during the growing season with a balanced fertiliser to promote vibrant blooms. Ensure adequate support as it climbs, and monitor for pests like aphids and caterpillars to maintain plant health. Young growth is susceptible to slug and snail damage.


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