Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Vines
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, rich, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: April, May, June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: violet, purple, pink, lilac, lavender, blue
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, climbing, drought tolerant, edible, fragrant flowers, medicinal, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Passiflora incarnataAlso known as:
Purple passionflower is renown for its spectacular and intricate, large purplish flowers. This is a rapid growing vine that clings to its support by means of tendrils. The large fruit are yellowish when ripe, and edible. The common name maypop, is derived from the popping sound the fruit makes when crushed.
Easy to grow in full sun to light shade, Passiflora incarnata is also adaptable to a wide variety of soils, and is quite drought tolerant. Given proper support and enough room, it can grow by more than 10' in one season. In the south, it is considered evergreen and will develop woody stems. In the north, it will die back to the ground in winter. It will bloom for several months, as early as April, and as late as September, depending on geographic location. Zones 6-10
Propagate from seed or cuttings. Mature plants will also produce suckers, which can easily be separated and transplanted.
The genus got its name, because its flower structure was said to represent various aspects of the Christian crucifixion story. The leaves and roots have been used in teas, tonics, poultices, to treat cuts and inflammations, as well as to sooth nerves.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Rare: IA
- Threatened: OH
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