Lady Margaret Passion Flower
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Lady Margaret Passion Flower
ntroduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Lady Margaret Passion Flower • Kannada: Gadiyaarada Hoovu
Botanical name: Passiflora 'Lady Margaret'    Family: Passifloraceae (Passion flower family)

Lady Margaret Passion Flower is a species with large red flowers, among the most sought-after passionflowers. It is a hybrid between Passiflora coccinia and Passiflora incarnata. Most red-flowering passionflowers are difficult to care for. Lady Margaret Passion Flower is one of the few ref-flowering hybrids that is comparatively undemanding but nevertheless free-flowering. Although the flowers are not the brilliant blood-red of the Red Passion Flower, they nevertheless stand out dramatically, a deep purplish red, with prominently marked corona not found in other red-flowering passionflowers. Flowers are 7-9 cm across. Sepals are green outside, deep purplish-red inside, oblong, 3.3-4 cm long. Petals are oblong, 3.6-4.4 cm long, 1.3-1.6 cm wide. Leaves are 3-lobed, 6.5-15 X 7.5-16 cm, with toothed margin. Fruit is ovate, 4-5 X 2-3 cm, green.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed near Panvel, Maharashtra.
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