Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $4.00

An exotic flowering vine native to southern Missouri. Climbs by tendrils. The intricately fringed flowers, produced from mid summer to early fall are purplish blue with pink and white parts. Each flower is up to three inches across. The leaves are dark green and deeply lobed. The fruit is egg-shaped, up to 2″ long, yellow when ripe, and is edible, having a sweet pulp similar to citrus. Can grow in extremely poor soil, in rich soil it will grow rampantly! Extremely adaptable, prefers sun.
Will sprawl and climb through other plants to add interesting effects.

Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Zone: 5 to 9
USDA Map: pain6
Family: Passifloraceae
Height: 12 to 20 feet
Spread: 12 to 20 feet
Plant Type: Vines
Color: Lavender/Purple/White
Bloom Time: July to September
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Water Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rich, non-saline clays, loams, sands
Wildlife Benefit: Food for Birds, Food for small animals, Beneficial Insects
Nature Attracting: Butterfly
Special Usage: Ground Cover/Containers
Tolerate: Drought
Deer Resistance: Moderate

Larval Host: Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Longwing, Crimson-patch longwing, Banded hairstreak, Red-banded hairstreak, Julia butterfly, Mexican butterfly.

Medicinal Use : American Indians poulticed root for boils, cuts, earaches and inflammation. Tea used to sooth nerves; Inca brewed tonic; crushed leaves in poultices on cuts and bruises. (1 teaspoon dried leaves per cup of boiling water, steep 10 or 15 min) for insomnia, 1 cup at bedtime, as tonic up to 3 cups/day