Passiflora edulis sims (Lilikoi)
Passifloraceae | Culinary
Brazil, Indigenous, Exotic
Vine climbs as it grows
Full sun + shade
The leaves contain many alkaloids that are beneficial to the body. For example, the phytochemical “harman” can lower blood pressure. Also known as passion fruit, the floertd can be made into a sedative, and is also used to treat asthma, insomnia, and various nervous disorders. The fruit is consumed as food.
The flower the lilikoi produces will catch your eye due to its bright colors and interesting structure. The flower has five white petals at its base with a vivid purple center, and there are five yellow stamens that shoot out from the center.