Passiflora incarnata: Passion Vine

Latin name: Passiflora incarnata
 Passiflora incarnata: Passion Vine
Common name: Passion Vine 
Flowers: Unique showy flowers12
Fruit: Showy edible fruit called ‘maypop’12
Height & Width: Vines can reach up to 25’ in length12
Type: Perennial16
Habit: Vine16
Wetland indicator category**: NA
Texture: Glabrous and pubescent12
Growth rate: Fast12
Light: Full sun to part shade12
Moisture: Medium12
Soil*: Loose and wel drained12
Zones: 5-912
Origin: South western and eastern United States16

Features: This native wildflower will bloom July to September with fantastic blooms of white and purple crowns. It can be woody in warmer winters or will turn herbaceous if temperatures get low enough. Maypops appear in July, and ripen in early fall. Maypops are popular among wildlife and humans and can be eaten directly off the vine12.

Siting: Passion vine prefers well drained soiled with medium moisture. The roots like a loose mulch much of the time. Full sun is optimal for these plants, but part shade is tolerated12.

Care: Plant crown at soil level18and water the roots and surrounding area slowly and deeply. Keep soil moist until plant is established, then apply enough water to thoroughly moisten the root zone when the soil is dry or during drought. Modify water recommendations to reflect site drainage and rainfall. Apply 3” of mulch over the planted area. Do not allow mulch to touch the plant stems18.

Pests: Plants are relatively pest resistant if cultural preferences are met.

Author: Alexander Smolka