Passiflora incarnata

passion vine, maypop, purple passion flower

Passifloraceae

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Plant Specifics

Form: vine
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: .25 to .75 ft    Width: 5.0 to 12.0 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      blue,purple
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      yellow,green
Phenology: deciduous,winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Given the proper support this plant makes an excellent climbing vine hedge.
Considerations: This plant spreads using stoloniferous rhizome just beneath the ground surface. In areas with loose sand or mulch it can spread like wildflower sprouting up at some distance away from the mother plant. Its ability to climb using tendrils can make it a threat to slow moving bushes.
Propagation: Once the egg-like fruit has dried and shriveled the maypop can be cut open revealing brown seeds. It is best to plant the seeds immediately after removing the pulp surrounding them. Passion vine can also be grown from cuttings - make sure and keep moist till established. Sprouts can be transplanted.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay
Soil pH Range: 6.1 to 7.8

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Purple Passionflower is larval host plant for numerous butterfly, including Gulf Fritillary, (Agraulis vanillae), Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charithonia), the state butterfly of Florida. It also is host to the Crimson patch longwing (Heliconius erato), Red banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)and Julia heliconian (Dryas iulia), butterflies. The young tendrils of Passion Vine are eaten by wild turkey.
Native Habitats: Disturbed, brushy areas or disturbed upland hardwood forest, sandhill and scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Ethnobotany: The Cherokee used a compound infusion of root for boils, they also gave an infusion of root to babies to aid in weaning, and a warm infusion of beaten root dropped into ear for earache. The Cherokee also used parboiled leaves and the fruit as a food source.
Other Comments: The name 'passion' is a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Parts of the flower are said to resemble instruments used during the crucifixion.