Passion Flower Passiflora 'Star of Surbiton'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
passion flower 'Star of Surbiton'


Passiflora 'Star of Surbiton' is a striking and ornamental plant commonly known as the passion flower. Its appearance is highlighted by unique and intricate flowers that are the defining feature of the plant. The flowers typically have a set of radial filaments that can come in a variety of colors, often a mix of purples and whites, which create a starburst pattern. At the center of the flower, there is a ring of several stamens and a prominent central structure called the ovary, which adds to the complexity of the bloom. The foliage of 'Star of Surbiton' adds to its appeal with deep green leaves that are lobed, presenting a somewhat rounded shape with a glossy finish. The leaves can also have a slight serration on the edges, which gives them a delicate, yet pronounced outline. The vines of the plant are slender and may climb or trail depending on their support. This passion flower variety can exhibit a vigorous growth habit, producing a lush and full visual presentation with its combination of dramatic flowers and attractive leaves.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Star of Surbiton Passion Flower, Star of Surbiton Passionflower, Star of Surbiton Passion Vine

    • Common names

      Passiflora 'Star of Surbiton'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Passion Flower, generally speaking, is considered to have a low level of toxicity to humans. However, it is important to note that reactions can be idiosyncratic and vary from person to person. Ingesting parts of the plant, particularly in large quantities, may cause mild to moderate symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and confusion. The leaves and roots are more likely to contain potentially harmful compounds. In rare cases, more severe symptoms could occur, particularly in individuals with sensitivities or allergies to the plant. Nevertheless, Passion Flowers are used in traditional medicine for their sedative and anxiolytic properties, although this should be done under the guidance of a healthcare professional due to the risk of side effects or interactions with other medications.

    • To pets

      The Passion Flower is also considered to have a low level of toxicity to pets, including dogs and cats. If a pet consumes parts of the plant, they may exhibit mild symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. It is generally not considered life-threatening if ingested in small amounts. However, as with humans, individual animals may have different sensitivities, and signs of toxicity could be more severe in some cases. Therefore, it is advised to prevent pets from ingesting the plant and to consult with a veterinarian if any sign of distress is observed after ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and unique floral structures to gardens.
    • Attracts Wildlife: Provides nectar for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
    • Climbing Growth Habit: Can be used to cover trellises, fences, and arbors, providing shade and privacy.
    • Edible Fruit: Produces passion fruits which can be eaten fresh or used in various recipes.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it suitable for busy gardeners.
    • Fast Growing: Quickly covers spaces, ideal for creating living walls or green spaces rapidly.
    • Drought Tolerance: Can survive with limited water, suitable for xeriscaping or water-wise gardens.
    • Emotional Well-being: Enhances the environment, which can improve mood and reduce stress.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Passionflower vines can be used in weaving or basketry. Their flexible stems allow for intricate and resilient craftwork.
    • Butterfly gardening with Passionflower encourages the growth of butterfly populations, as many species use it as a host plant for their larvae.
    • Passionflower can be trained to form natural privacy screens or living walls, providing both aesthetic appeal and functional separation in gardens.
    • Educational projects might employ Passionflower to demonstrate plant growth, pollination, and the life cycle of butterflies.
    • Dye production is possible with Passionflower, as some species can be used to create natural green and yellow dyes.
    • Conducting plant biology experiments, as Passionflower exhibits unique flowering mechanisms that are interesting for botanical study.
    • Floral arrangements often use Passionflower for their exotic appearance and vibrant colors, adding a tropical feel to bouquets.
    • Companion planting with Passionflower can benefit surrounding plants by attracting beneficial insects that will pollinate other flowers or control pests.
    • Culinary presentations sometimes feature Passionflower blooms as edible garnishes to add a splash of color and a hint of fruitiness.
    • Aromatherapy utilizes the subtle and calming fragrance of Passionflower in the form of essential oils or dried flowers for their scent.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Passion Flower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Passion Flower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Passion: The Passiflora is commonly known as the Passion Flower. It symbolizes intense feelings and emotions due to the association of its name with the word "passion." The name is also linked to the Passion of Christ, with various parts of the plant representing elements of the crucifixion story.
    • Faith: As the Passion Flower has religious connotations, it is also seen as a representation of faith. The flower's structure is said to symbolize the instruments of the Passion of Jesus, thereby encouraging faith amongst believers.
    • Suffering: Given its connection to the crucifixion, the Passion Flower can symbolize suffering and sacrifice.
    • Perseverance: The robust nature and the way the Passion Flower can thrive in various conditions often symbolize perseverance and endurance.
    • Peace: The Passion Flower is sometimes seen as a symbol of peace and tranquility, perhaps because of its soothing appearance and the calming effect of its extracts.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Passionflower 'Star of Surbiton' prefers consistent moisture, so water when the top inch of soil feels dry. It's typically necessary to water every few days during the growing season, but frequency should be adjusted based on temperature and humidity. Generally, use about 1 gallon of water per week, ensuring it's distributed evenly around the base of the plant. During the winter, reduce watering to when the top few inches of soil are dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure proper drainage.

  • sunLight

    Passionflower 'Star of Surbiton' thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate direct sunlight for part of the day. The best spot for this plant is where it can receive morning sun and afternoon shade or dappled sunlight throughout the day. Avoid placing it in full shade, as this can reduce flowering and overall vigor.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Passionflower 'Star of Surbiton' can survive in temperatures as low as 50°F, though it prefers a range between 60°F and 85°F for optimal growth. It should not be exposed to temperatures below 32°F, as frost can damage the foliage and stems. Ideal conditions involve placement in a location where temperatures are stable and not prone to sudden drops.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Passionflower 'Star of Surbiton' is essential to maintain shape, encourage bushiness, and promote more blooms. It should be pruned in early spring before new growth begins. Dead or weak stems can be removed at this time. Regular pruning every year or every other year is sufficient, tailored to the plant's growth and appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Passionflower 'Star of Surbiton' thrives in a well-draining soil mix with a balanced blend of peat, loam, and sand or perlite. The ideal soil pH for passionflowers should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    The passionflower 'Star of Surbiton' typically needs repotting every 2 to 3 years or when it outgrows its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Passionflower 'Star of Surbiton' prefers moderate to high humidity levels, around 40-60%, to thrive and produce its distinctive flowers.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep away from dry heat sources.

    • Outdoor

      Ensure full sun to partial shade and shelter from harsh elements.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The 'Star of Surbiton' passion flower begins its life as a seed, which, once germinated in warm, well-drained soil, develops into a seedling with characteristic lobed leaves. As it matures, it grows rapidly, benefiting from full sun to partial shade, and soon starts to produce its strikingly elaborate flowers, typically during the warmer months. These flowers are not only ornamental but also functional, as they attract pollinators which are essential for fruit set. After pollination, the plant produces oval-shaped fruits, which change from green to yellow or purple as they mature. As a perennial vine, the passion flower will become dormant in colder months, dropping leaves in temperate climates, and then resuming growth from its root system or surviving stems when conditions improve. Regular pruning after flowering encourages healthy growth and higher flower yields in the subsequent season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Passiflora 'Star of Surbiton', commonly known as the Passion Flower, is most effectively propagated by taking semi-ripe stem cuttings. This method is most successful when performed in late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate, one should select a healthy, non-flowering stem and cut a segment about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long, making sure there are at least two nodes present. The lower leaves should be removed, and the cutting can be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth. Then, the cutting should be planted in a well-draining soil mix, with the bottom node buried where roots will develop. A plastic bag or a propagator can be used to cover the cutting, maintaining high humidity around it. With proper warmth and light, the cutting should root in a few weeks, after which it can be gradually acclimated to less humid conditions and eventually transplanted outdoors or to a larger pot.