Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Passiflora incarnata

 


Full Sun
Partial Shade
Drought Tolerant
Native
Cut Flowers
Attracts Butterflies

Passiflora incarnata (Passifloraceae)
(pass-eh-FLOOR-ah in-car-NAH-ta)
Passion Flower

This native sun-loving vine rambles through the foliage of neighboring garden plants, gently holds on with tendrils, then keeps on going. Especially nice grabbing onto a trellis or covering a fence. Blooms early summer into fall: large creamy petals overlaid by a fringed purple corona, capped with an intricately detailed center; a fruity-fragrant favorite of many larger bees. Lovely on a trellis with roses or clematis for spring and summer bloom. Smooth egg-shaped fruits appear after flowering; edible, tart-n-juicy pulp surrounds many flat black seeds. Dark green leaves are surprisingly persistent through fall. Late to emerge in spring let it spread, or pull unwanted shoots. Larval host for Gulf Fritillary butterfly.

Bloom color: purple
Bloom period: mid-summer
Height: Vine
Spread: Vine
Zones: 6-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $12
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