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Passiflora Constance elliot.. Fruits.

dpatel2130dpatel2130 Posts: 168
I bought this plant nearly three years ago from B&M and it was labelled as Passiflora  and flower in picture showed red. This year it flowered first time and white flowers instead of red, bit disappointed but I noticed today the plant bearing many fruits still green. If it is Passiflora Constance elliot, are fruits edible? Thank you in advance. 

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  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 2,020
    @dpatel2130 I believe them to be inedible and very bitter.
  • dpatel2130dpatel2130 Posts: 168
    @GardenerSuze, Thank you. Well, will enjoy flowers but not fruits.  :)
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,942
    @dpatel2130 The flowers look like P constance elliot and if so the fruit is inedible.

    P edulis ( the ones you would buy to eat ) have smaller flowers with more purple in them.  Nothing like as flamboyant as other P's.  Mine are still green at the moment but they usually ripen to the dark purple/black by November.
    As you say, just enjoy the flowers  :)
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 2,020
    I definitely would not eat them, the flowers more than make up for it. You don't very often see the white form something special, enjoy. Not sure but the fruits may turn orange?
  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 529
    Don’t eat them 
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 2,020
    @dpatel2130 Ingestion may cause severe discomfort is a quote on line. The more common one has orange fruit but purple black sounds more dramatic.
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,942
    Just for clarification ........ the purple/black fruit I referred to are from the edible P edulis and NOT from any other Passiflora. 
    As with any plant/fruit/fungi that you are unsure of, you don't attempt to eat.

    If you want to grow for the edible fruit, buy a fruit from the SM, sow the seeds in Jan/Feb in a heated propagator and once germinated, keep potting on until large enough to either plant in the GH - either direct in the border or in a large container.  Treated right, you can look forward to harvesting the fruit in late October/early November  the following year- ie 18 months or so from germination altho obviously that will depend on your location/climate.
    The flowers aren't particularly large or spectacular and often need pollinating by hand but if you like the fruit, it can be worth the effort.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 2,020
    Oh thankyou @philippasmith2 I had no idea there was an edible form until I read your post.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,921
    edited 1 August
    That is just gorgeous.
    Appears to be correctly/accurately  named.
    Apparently It is edible but not very tasty.

    https://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/passiflora-caerulea-constance-eliott/classid.1698/

    RHS states...."Potentially harmful
    Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling"

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/305875/passiflora-caerulea-constance-eliott/details
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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