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Which would you buy?

Posted by fluffygrue z8 UK (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 15, 06 at 10:24

Hm.. I have a choice of buying one of either:
Purple Rain

Do I get a Purple Rain and leave it outdoors over winter (meant to be reasonably hardy?) or get a Victoria or Temptation and bring them in over winter..? (Zone 8bish here.) Which is the most difficult-to-find one?

Would appreciate any advice!

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RE: Which would you buy?

Oh my! I wasn't familiar with any of those, so I looked them all up, and am totally personally smitten with Temptation! Aptly named! The others, while beautiful like all passiflora, were more common looking, I thought. But I have absolutely no information about rarity, so I suppose, in the end, follow your instinct *lol* But I personally would buy the Temptation. Here in California, it's not an issue of how hardy, but how to keep them under control! I have p. exoniensis (my favorite), molissima, giant granadilla (which could possibly become a favorite if I could get the dang thing to flower....), citrina, lavender lady, sunburst, biflora, sanguineolenta, and caerulea. Have seeds to others, but haven't sown them yet!
Amanda 'romando'

RE: Which would you buy?

Hi Melanie
Temptation is beautiful but is prone to mildew in our climate.
Purple Rain or Violacea should both be fairly hardy, Purple Rain being more so without doubt. Best time to but is Spring.

RE: Which would you buy?

Myles - Many thanks for that, I hadn't considered that mildew would be an issue. I'll probably get Purple Rain for outdoors for now, then. :)

Amanda - Wow, very envious of your collection! I'm gradually trying less frost-hardy ones, as caerulea and Constance Elliot are still growing despite plenty of frosts. I definitely agree that Temptation's gorgeous - will see how it does, might have to keep it indoors though!

Melanie :)

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