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The Greater Wellington Biosecurity team needs your help to prevent the spread blue passionflower, which is becoming more established in the Wairarapa area. 

Blue passion flower Passiflora caerulea

How do I identify blue passionflower?

Evergreen climbing vine that can grow up to 10 metres high Leaves: Dark green to purple shiny leaves with many fingers, usually between 3 and 9

Flowers: White with usually purple circle and yellow centre

Fruits: Deep orange and egg shaped containing many seeds

Stems: Twining stems that allow it to climb plants and structures

Roots: Spreading root system

Where found: Gardens, forest margins, waste areas and coastal areas

What’s the problem?

  • Blue passionflower is a fast-growing vine that grows into the tree canopy and forms large masses that rapidly smother and replace vegetation 
  • Mainly invades disturbed or low-canopy forest and forest margins
    What do I do? 

If you suspect you have blue passionflower or have seen it somewhere in the Wellington region, please contact us and we’ll come and have a look 

If it is blue passionflower, we will control it for free and record the sites location for future work 

  • Seen it? Call us! 0800 496 734 pest.plants@gw.govt.nz

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