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Although reliably winter hardy to USDA zone 5, Passion Flower can survive in Zone 4 if you have just the right protected micro climate to plant in. In the summer of 2012 , Prairie Moon grew and planted 8 vines to a gallon size pot with 2-3’ of growth in several likely locations around the nursery. In late fall we did a heavy mulch of 10-12” compost to protect the young vines against our Minnesota winter. Only 1 vine survived the first winter. But we have it still, and it seems quite happy, although it does not come up until early summer.If you love the idea of exchanging your gardening space for cash, you will find the perfect solution with this nursery. They focus on Passion Flower plants, which are smaller and easier to raise than others, and can be a great addition to your home or neighborhood.
Passion flowers are exotic looking topical plants that can actually be grown in much milder areas. There are many different passion flower plants. Some passion flowers are vines, some produce edible fruits. The genus Passiflora contains over 400 species. The name ‘Passion’ Flower comes from Spanish Christian missionaries who adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion. Unusual yet beautiful 3 inch flowers, followed by edible fruits after a hot summer. A self clinging climber from Brazil, but one of the hardiest of the passion flowers. Suitable for greenhouse, conservatory, houseplant, or outside against a sheltered wall. Flowers early summer to autumn. Hardy in zones 8-10. The roots are hardy to 5 degrees.
In cooler areas it can be brought inside as a houseplant in the winter. The flower is said to represent the Crucifixion. The fruits are also edible. They have a vaguely blackberry-like flavor and can be substituted in blackberry pie recipes. Passion flowers can be rampant growers. In fact, in some areas of the South they are considered invasive. Plant where their size can be maintained with annual pruning or grow them in containers. Even in marginal areas, such as USDA zone 6, where passion flower may dieback to the ground each winter, they will grow back from their root system in spring and flower that late summer. Grow passion flowers vines up trellises as a focal point in your landscape. Passion flowers dazzle when grown in entry way gardens or in front door areas. Passion flowers pair well with other butterfly attracting plants such as butterfly bush, butterfly weed, pentas and Joe Pye weed. The butterflies enjoy the exotic flowers as much as we do. (Source: www.gardeningwithcharlie.com)