PASSIFLORA EDULIS (Liliko‘i)
Passifloraceae | Culinary
Passifloraceae is a family of flowering plants, containing about 750 species classified in around 27 genera.
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 flower 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 liliko‘i 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.