Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

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Three-inch diameter flowers have a rich fragrance. Vines reach 10 to 15 feet and die back each year. Host to gulf fritillary.
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Binomial Passiflora incarnata
Passion flower, also known as Maypops, is a vine with very unique, fragrant flowers. It climbs via tendrils and will do nicely on a fence or trellis. Planting passion flower in a flower bed is discouraged because it spreads through underground rhizomes and will quickly dominate the other plants in the bed.

It is a host plant for several butterflies, including the gulf fritillary. The fruits (sometimes called maypops) are edible. The plant has been used medicinally for a variety of minor ailments.

In Missouri, passion flower will die back to the ground over winter and come up from rhizomes once the temperatures are warm enough the next spring. In areas where the winters are warmer, the vine becomes more woody and one year's growth will still be alive the next year.

Uses: Edible, medicinal, butterflies, showy flowers, vine
Bloom time: June to August

Height: Up to 25 feet, but in much of MO only 10 to 12 feet
Space: 3 to 5 feet

Sun: Full sun to light shade
Moisture: Dry to moist

Seed: 50 seeds per packet (1.5 grams)
Sow seed in late spring or early summer and keep it moist until it germinates. 

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