Passiflora 'Damsel's Delight'

A Riverside® Hybrid

Breeder Myles Irvine with the ’Damsel’  Jana-Marie Štípská

Passiflora ‘Damsel’s Delight’

A Riverside® Hybrid

Plantarium Trade Fair 2017 Riverside® Hybrids Passiflora ‘Damsel’s Delight & Passiflora ‘Snow Queen’ both selected for the prizewinning FleuraTerraza range by Dutch climber specialists Van der Starre.

Widely available throughout Europe, UK, Canada & USA

Protection Status: RIVERSIDE® is a Registered Trademark.

Key Features

  • syn. Hardy Passion Flower
  • Position: Thrives best in sun
  • Soil: Most garden soils but appreciates good drainage
  • Flowers: Late Spring onwards
  • Flower colour: White petals and sepals tinged with lilac and strong, wavy,  banded purple corona filaments
  • Habit: Very hardy evergreen climber
  • Height: 3m
  • Leaves: Green

An extraordinary, vigorous and spectacular climber which uses tendrils to cling to it’s host plant or support. This is a particularly worthy new garden hybrid.


Genus & Species: Passiflora
Protection Status: RIVERSIDE® is a Registered Trademark
USDA Zone: 8b Min -8°C 18°F
Bloom: Striking, large, sturdy flowers up to 13cm with intense purple filaments
Bloom Time: Late Spring to late Autumn
Foliage: Attractive, shiny, dark green, leathery leaves with usually 3 or sometimes 4 or 5 wide lobes
Habit: Large, vigorous vine
Propagation: By cuttings
Culture: Best grown in a free-draining soil in a sunny position
Uses: Pots and containers, garden border, walls and trellises, modern landscape

Additional Comments: Polyploid. Rarely produces large, decorative green fruit ripening to yellow orange. Fruit inedible.

Damsel – ‘a young woman or girl; a maiden, originally one of gentle or noble birth. Named in honour of my dear friend Jana-Marie Štípská. This fabulous hybrid is in the collections of both the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley. At Wisley, thanks to Matthew Pottage, the Curator, it takes pride of place on the walls of the Laboratory building.

Closest Variety and Key Differences

Passiflora ‘Damsel’s Delight’ can be compared with P. ‘Purple Haze’ which is less hardy, more temperamental and has a less striking flower.