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A Passiflora Incarnata Growing Conditions

A Passiflora Incarnata Growing Conditions

Passiflora Incarnata Growing Conditions

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Right now, it’s hard to find a plant that both irons its clothes within the same day and has a perfect record of never having robbed an old lady. But one such plant is the ancient vine Passiflora incarnata, more commonly known as the passion flower. Here are the best growing conditions to help you enjoy beautiful blooms.Of the many types of passionflowers, some are shrubs, annuals, perennials, and even trees. Some also produce edible fruits if they are placed in a pollinator garden. But they all share unusual-looking flowers that remain open for only about a day. In addition to its intricate characteristics, a passionflower has a wide, flat petal base with five or 10 petals in a flat or reflex circle. Passionflowers are rapid growers and are best planted in spring or early fall while it's still warm. The toxicity of the plant varies by type, so check which one you are planting if you have small children or pets.

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Passion flowers have a look and reputation for being exotic and hard to grow. However, this perennial vine is widely adapted in USDA zone 6 to 10 gardens, flowering from mid-summer until frost. Passion flowers are also called passion vines because of their growth. But there are some passion flowers that are more like shrubs than vines. Some passion flower produce edible fruits as well. Purple passion-flower is an herbaceous vine, up to 25 ft. long, that climbs with axillary tendrils or sprawls along the ground. Intricate, 3 in., lavender flower are short-stalked from leaf axils. The petals and sepals subtend a fringe of wavy or crimped, hair-like segments. The pistil and stamens are also showy. Three-lobed, deciduous leaves are dark-green above and whitish below. The fruit is a large, orange-yellow berry with edible pulp. Like some other passion vines, Maypop spreads by root suckers.

The 10 petal-like parts represents the disciples of Jesus, excluding Peter and Judas; the 5 stamens the wounds Jesus received; the knob-like stigmas the nails; the fringe the crown of thorns. The name Maypop comes from the hollow, yellow fruits that pop loudly when crushed. Yellow Passion Flower (P. lutea), a small yellow-flowered species, occurs from southeast Pennsylvania to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma, and north to Missouri, Illinois, and West Virginia. #hummingbirds#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#lavender#perennials#white flowers#wildlife plant#nectar plant#showy fruits#food source wildlife#fire extreme flammability#NC native#fences#trellises#vines#summer flowers#deer resistant#children's garden#large flowers#playground plant#long bloom time#edible fruits#deciduous vine#spring interest#native vine#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#larval host plant#food source summer#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#nectar plant late spring#butterfly friendly#nectar plant early summer#nectar plant mid-summer#arbor#pollinator garden#bee friendly#Audubon#julia butterfly#zebra longwing#crimson-patch longwing butterfly#mexican butterfly#red-banded hairstreak butterfly#gulf fritillary butterfly#variegated fritillary butterfly (Source: plants.ces.ncsu.edu)

 

 

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