Blue Passion Flower

Also known as:
Common Passion Flower
Family:
Passifloraceae
Origin:
Brazil to Argentina

General description

Similar to banana passionfruit, smaller 5-lobed leaves, non-tubular white flowers (Dec-Apr) with ring of purple filaments. Round, yellow fruit <5cm in diameter.

Forest margins, scrub, roadsides, light gaps, coastal shrublands, hedgerows.

Seed dispersed by birds & possums.

Smothers native vegetation, can reach canopy level, cover a large area.

Site management

Use herbicide only when roots cannot be pulled. Remove all fruits to prevent seeding. Regular follow up required.

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull & dig out roots. Cut off above ground or tie stems in air to prevent layering.
2. Cut at ground level, stump paint (200ml glyphosate/1L or 1g metsulfuron/1L or 100ml Tordon/1L or 100ml triclopyr/1L or 200ml 2,4-D plus dicamba/1L).
3. Spray large masses on ground where roots cannot be pulled, spring-autumn only (120ml 2,4-D plus dicamba/10L or 60ml triclopyr +10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

banana passionfruit
Passiflora tripartita (all subspecies) and P. tarminiana

Banana passionfruit has 3-lobed leaves rather than 5.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
blue passion flower - Main species image