Passiflora: Passionflowers of the World
cloth, 430 p., $44.95
Written by the foremost experts, this book is irresistible. Only the orchid approaches the passionflower in the exotic beauty of its blossom. Gazing at the 343 color photos inside this volume was enough to turn me into a confirmed lover of Passiflora.
This work is scholarly in nature, an impressive description of 207 species and 31 hybrids, their history, cultivation, propagation, pests and diseases, and medical properties. There is even a chapter on the relationship between Passiflora and Heliconia butterflies that assist pollination. In spite of their exotic nature, the authors argue that some of these beauties are hardy enough to grow in much of Europe and parts of the U.S. Many will survive in a container on a patio or windowsill. This book will certainly convince you to experiment!
— Jim Kemper, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
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