Passiflora incarnata (Passifloraceae)
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
Container size: Qt.