A new addition to the collection is this passion flower: ‘White Lightning’. I bought it when it had no buds but I am keen to get more hybrids and this is one of the hardier ones – not surprising when you consider that it is a hybrid of the more or less hardy P. caerulea and the pure white ‘Constance Elliott’ which is more or less just a seedling of P. caerulea that was raised in Exeter, Devon, in 1884. As a consequence it is not that surprising that the flower is mid way in colour and, to my eyes, a bit disappointing! I will see how well it perform and that may save it, if it blooms its socks off!
The flowers are fragrant – if you shove your nose in them. They have a rather strange ‘Germolene’ sort of smell. I wish I could be more enthustiastic!