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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Passiflora Soi Fah

My fine romance with the passion flower is far from over. I am still fuelled with passion for this exotic flower, after twenty years of first getting to know her! In the early days, I used to be totally infatuated with her. My every thought was...would she appear on my chain-link fence where she dwelled, when I woke up the next morning? I literally pined for her presence, and if there weren't any buds on the vines in the morning, I would be forlorn. I spoke of nothing but her...her exotic beauty, her heady  perfume, her  delightful charm.

Today, in a new neighbourhood, she graces the pergola in my garden, resplendent in her deep purple attire. She is my pride and joy ...the jewel in the crown of my garden haven.

Today I found that I have a rival for her affections. She has a self- appointed guardian who stays by her side, refusing to be scared away by my presence.

Seeing how dedicated the chameleon is to his new-found love, I concede defeat. As long as he is there to protect her, I shall consider him my ally, not foe.

Plant profile

This  hardy vine grows very well in the tropics. In Malaysia where I am gardening, the  tropical  climate is suitable for the vine, even in the hot season which could reach a high of 35 degrees C. It is the humidity that the vine thrives upon. There is abundant rain in the monsoon season (the annual southwest monsoon from April to October, and the northeast monsoon from October to February).

This plant grows well on loamy soil, but can survive on most types of soil. The Passiflora Soi Fah flowers the whole year round, and the blooms are plentiful. You can find as many as 8 buds along one trailing vine, and the buds bloom one at a time. Each flower blooms for a day, but the large number of buds result in a prolific production of blooms on a daily basis.

The blooms have a subtle perfume that is truly remarkable. It is not an overwhelming heavy perfume, but a fragrance that is pleasant, like that of a rose.

The Soi Fah does not bear fruit. It is strictly a flowering vine.

Propagation is possible by taking cuttings, but the more successful method is by layering. Once it takes root, the plants grow fast and the growth can be invasive. 


Who wouldn't be enamoured of this beautiful species of passiflora? Not only is she fabulous to look at, she is easy to maintain and a resilient character to top it all.


  1. love the look of Passion a purple sun...have never grown them here in our cold climate your trellis

  2. @ Donna - I like your description of purple sun - apt! I love the lilies in your current post, but strange that there wasn't a comment box for the post.Also like the idea of a purple door - my garden shed might just get one this year!

  3. Very attractive flower and I see it also attract many admirers;-). Thank you for you prayers for my baby.

  4. @ MKG - Thank you for visiting my dear Diana. Rayyan is such a brave boy...he'll be fine.

  5. Hi Rosie, Those are very beautiful passion flowers with a handsome guardian. No fruits? The fruiting ones won't be as nice, right? I'm still waiting for mine to bloom and bear fruits.

  6. @ One - the fruiting type are also pretty, but not so delicate-looking. I have 2 fruiting varieties in my back yard. Waiting for the blooms, too. Let me know when yours blooms. We can exchange notes!

  7. This looks like the Passiflora laurifolia or 'Water lemon' which I saw at the Secret Garden of 1-Utama. It has the most wonderful perfume of all. I have been searching high and low for this plant. Where did you get the plant?

  8. what a unique looking flower! i haven't seen it before.


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