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Banana Passionfruit

Banana Passionfruit
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Invasive Plant
Banana Passionfruit
Passiflora mollissima

A rampant climber more popular for its large pink flowers than its oblong, yellow fruit. It can spread to 20 m smothering anything in its way. It produces little edible pulp, considered less tasty than the pulp of the black passionfruit.



  • Birds and bats eat the fruit and spread the seeds to fertile areas where they germinate readily.
  • Stem fragments can easily strike upon contact with soil and cause further infestation.
  • The vines will smother native vegetation.
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Alternative Plants

Black Passionfruit
Photo: Fir0002
Alternative Plant Black Passionfruit
Passiflora edulis (seedling forms)
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

Seedling grown black passionfruit produce perfectly acceptable fruits and does not have the suckering problems of the grafted forms. Fruits may be consumed by birds and may spread into nearby areas. To prevent this, don't grow it unles you intend to eat the fruit.

Native Clematis
Photo: Lorna Rose
Alternative Plant Native Clematis
Clematis aristata and Clematis microphylla
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

These are the best known of the Australian native Clematis.

In summer/autumn, they produce a profuse amount of creamy-white flowers followed by small decorative fruits. Best in dappled shade for summer protection, they display well on fences, lattice or rough walls.

Native Sarsaparilla
Photo: © immij pty ltd
Alternative Plant Native Sarsaparilla
Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer'
Climbing and Ground Cover Plants

This is a vigorous, popular and generally hardy Australian native plant that grows to about 1 m high by 1 m wide. The peashape flowers appear in late winter and early spring and are violet in colour. It can be used as a ground cover and will climb on a support. It prefers an open sunny position. Pink and white flowering cultivars are also available.

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