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Passiflora incarnata (Wild Passion Flower)

Wild Passion Flower, Apricot Vine, Purple Passionflower, Purple Passion Vine, Maypop


A native of the Southeastern U.S., Passiflora incarnata (Wild Passion Flower) is a vigorous, tendril-climbing vine with fascinating fragrant flowers. Showy, 3 in. wide (7 cm), the petals and sepals subtend a fringe of wavy pinkish-purple filaments. The attractive blooms are followed by egg-size orange-yellow fruits called maypops. Edible, the fruits can be eaten fresh off the vine or made into jelly. The foliage consists of three-lobed, dark green leaves and is deciduous. This vine climbs with axillary tendrils or sprawls along the ground. It is the hardiest of the passion flowers.

  • Blooms during warm weather from mid summer to early fall
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade, in average medium moisture, well-drained soils. Roots appreciate a loose mulch.
  • Easy to grow, this twining vine can quickly grow up to 6-8 ft. long (180-240 cm). Don't try to train your Passion Flower to be too neat and compact. The branches allowed to hang loose and droop a bit will be the ones most inclined to flower.
  • Excellent choice for trellises, walls, fences or arbors. Perfect in wall-side borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens and containers. This trouble free climber clings with tendrils so won't damage brickwork or fences!
  • Butterflies are extraordinarily fond of Passion Flowers.
  • This vine blooms on new growth and should be pruned in late winter or early spring. No regular pruning needed. However trimming may be required to keep them to the space available, removing as much from the longer shoots as necessary. 
  • Ingestion of some parts may cause severe discomfort

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Passiflora - Passion Flowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Passiflora - Passion Flowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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