Common Name(s): Wild passion flower, maypop, purple passion flower vine Botanical Name: Passiflora incarnata Type: Perennial vine Hardiness: Zones 5* to 9 Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade Water Requirements: Average Bloom Color(s): Purple and white Bloom Period: Mid-summer to fall Height: 6 to 8 feet Spacing: 3 to 6 feet Features: Showy blooms, edible fruits Precautions: None known Seeds per packet: 12-15 Description: This hardy passion flower species is native to the southeastern United States. Fast-growing vines covered with large deeply-lobed green leaves climb by way of tendrils. The fragrant and exotic looking blooms are formed of white petals beneath a crown of purple filaments. Blooms are replaced by sweet, fleshy edible fruits called "maypops" that mature to yellow by fall. Easy to grow from seed. Uses/Culture: Tall accent for back of beds and borders, large patio containers, covering for fences, walls, arbors or trellis, wildlife gardens, vegetable and medicinal gardens. Plants perform best in full sun and moist but well-draining soil. They will tolerant some shade and and periods of drought. P.incarnata is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. *Plants are not reliably hardy north of zone 6 and may not survive harsh winters; best planted in a protected area or large container for overwintering in an unheated garage in zone 5. Germination Requirements: Germination can be spread out over several months but usually begins after about 30 days; use of a heat mat is beneficial. Ideal germination temperature is 70-80F. (Detailed sowing and care instructions are included on each packet.)
PASSION FRUIT purple flower vine maypop PASSIFLORA INCARNATA plant seed 10 SEEDS
Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a fast growing perennial vine with climbing or trailing stems. A member of the passionflower genus Passiflora, the maypop has large, intricate flowers with prominent styles and stamens.
One of the hardiest species of passionflower, it is a common wildflower in the southern United States. The Cherokee in the Tennessee area called it ocoee; the Ocoee River and valley are named after this plant, which is the Tennessee State Wildflower
This and other passionflowers are the exclusive larval host plants for the butterflies.