PLANT OF THE WEEK: Passion Flower Vine

By on March 22, 2013.

Passiflora incarnata: This sub-tropical evergreen vine is one of Florida’s most beautiful and intriguing native flowers. Also referred to as the Maypop, its intricate blossoms clamber over shrubs and can be well trained on arbors and fences.

Size/Habit/Lifetime: Herbaceous perennial vine that grows up and over just about anything. Fast growing and very dense. If not kept in check, can be invasive.

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  • Culture: Zone 7-11. Full Sun and very adaptable to most soil types. Best in well drained environment and very drought tolerant. Can remain evergreen in zones 8b-11, dies back and resprouts in zones 7 and 8a.
  • Leaf/Stem: Ovate leaf mostly resulting in three lobes, each 4-8 inches. Clambers over and up using tendrils. No fall leaf color interest.
  • Flower/Fruit: Ranging from deep violet to white on its petals, filaments and stamen. Flowers incrementally to increase pollination over early summer to fall months. Fruit is green turning to crimson and edible. Passiflora edulis, the South American species is a more well known edible referred to as Passionfruit.Use: Can be used on arbors, fences and poles but also ground cover in sunny areas. Can be easily trained to grow in any fashion but must be maintained. Cascades down walls and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Notable facts: Another species Passiflora racemosa also grows well in Florida but is not native. Exhibits deep crimson color in flower.
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  1. The passion flowers have a unique structure, which in most cases requires a large bee to effectively pollinate. In the American tropics, wooden beams are mounted very near passionfruit plantings to encourage carpenter bees to nest. The size and structure of flowers of other Passiflora species is optimized for pollination by hummingbirds (especially hermits like Phaethornis), bumble bees, wasps or bats, while yet others are self-pollinating.*’-:

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