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Lonicera japonica Lonicera japonica fruit
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Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Viola Viola spp.
Ampelaster carolinianus Aster carolinianus

Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata

Other Common Name(s):

Description

Passiflora incarnata is a rapid-growing, tendril-climbing vine which is woody in warm winter climates and herbaceous (dies to the ground) in cold winter climates. It is a native of the Southeastern U.S. Its bark is green and smooth and coarsely grained.

Maypop is also a common name for this vine. Maypop name refers to the loud popping sound made when fruits are stepped on.

This variety is the most hardy of all passion flowers. It does not have to climb in order to flower. 

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal plains

Seasons of Interest: 

  Blooms:  Summer            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Late summer/fall

Wildlife Value:   This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. It is a host plant for the Gulf Fritillary, Verigated Fritillary and Zebra swallowtail butterflies. Hummingbirds and butterflies nectar from the flowers in the summer. Its fruit may be eaten by songbirds, small mammals and some larger mammals.   

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems:  The roots can spread aggressively. Root rot can occur in wet, poorly-drained soils, particularly in winter.

Site: The Passion flower is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It is tolerant of drought. The roots appreciate a loose mulch. Spreads by root suckers to cover large areas in optimum growing conditions. Although P. incarnata is the hardiest of the passion flowers, it is not reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 and may not survive extremely cold winters therein.

Climbing Method: Trailing; tendrils

Cultivars:
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Cultivars:
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Passiflora
    Species:
    incarnata
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, butterflies, and more
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Climbing Method:
    Tendrils
    Edibility:
    Ripened maypops can be eaten fresh off the vine or made into jelly.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Vine
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Fleshy, egg-shaped, fruits called maypops appear in July and mature to a yellowish color in fall. Ripened maypops can be eaten fresh off the vine or made into jelly.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    White with purple crown. The Passion flower has fringed flowers having white petals and sepals and a central crown of pinkish-purple filaments. The flowers bloom in summer and are fragrant.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The Passion flower features three-lobed, dark green leaves and 3-lobed leaves. The leaves are toothed. It has a pair of prominent glands on the leaf stalk.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Songbirds