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Purple Passion Flower Vine

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Purple Passion Flower Vine

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Purple Passion Fruit Vine – Passiflora Incarnata

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. A native of the Southeastern U.S., including southern Missouri where it typically occurs in sandy soils, low moist woods and open areas. Features three-lobed, dark green leaves and showy, 2.5″ diameter, fringed flowers having white petals and sepals and a central crown of pinkish-purple filaments. Flowers bloom in summer and are fragrant. Fleshy, egg-shaped, edible 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. Maypop is also a common name for this vine. Maypop name refers to the loud popping sound made when fruits are stepped on.

Beautiful flowers, fragrance and succulent fruit are characteristic of this native North American Passion Flower. Three-inch wide, creamy pink petals in a fully banded corolla appear throughout the summer. This is the hardiest of the Passion Flowers growing as far north as New England. Aside from the raw beauty of the passionflower, they confer a whole host of medicinal benefits if you use them properly. Genus name comes from the Latin words passio meaning passion and flos meaning a flower for the flower’s symbolism of the crucifixion of Christ. Hardiness zones: 5 to 9, can grow to 20 feet tall, 3-6 feet wide.

Home grown at Dan’s Backyard Nursery in Waskom, TX
Shipping restrictions to western states: CA, WA, AZ, OR, NV

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Purple Passion Fruit Vine – Passiflora Incarnata

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of drought. 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. In cooler areas, it is best to plant this vine in a protected area that is sheltered by a wall, garage or other structure.

The purple passion flower is a fast growing vine that can reach up to 20 feet or more. Both the fruits and flowers are edible on some varieties and many food items are made from the plant.The unique flowers are about three inches wide and they have several petals accented with a purple fringe. The wonderful fragrance this plant gives off resembles that of carnations. The fruits, called may pops, are generally about two inches in size and are ripe when the fruit turns yellow. The fruits taste like a guava. To be fully ripe for eating, the fruits should fall off naturally.

The Passionflower has large leaves that can reach 5 or 6 inches long and they have serrated edges. They generally have from three to five lobes that alternate along the stem. Flowers bloom where the leaf stem is attached to the vine. Passiflora incarnata really needs something to climb on, and look great at fences or running up a trellis.

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