Passiflora mixta | Curuba de Indio & Monte | Palta | 5_Seeds

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This is Passiflora mixta, also known as curuba, curuba de indio, curuba de monte, curubita, palta, parcha, and tacso. This important species of Passiflora is known for its long flower tube. The actual color of the flower ranges from pink to reddish orange. This is an important plant in passion fruit breeding. Some people call it the northern banana passionfruit. In the wild this plant is pollinated by the Sword-billed hummingbird. This hummingbird is the last known of its genus (Ensifera). This is a host plant for the Zebra Long Wing, Zebra Heliconian, Julia Heliconian, Isabellas Heliconian, Banded Orange Heliconian, Mexican Fritillary, Scarce Bamboo Page, Erato Heliconian, Variegated Fritillary, and Gulf Fritillary butterflies. It is also a larval host plant for the Plebeian sphinx Moth. This plant has edible green to greenish yellow fruit which is eaten raw and made into drinks. USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11