Sunday, February 6, 2011

Passiflora incarnata - Hardy Passion Vine

An amazing Oklahoma native, this Passion Vine puts its tropical cousins to shame! Also called Maypop, the plant dies totally down to the ground and only emerges later in spring when the soil warms up, you always wonder if it will return but once it does watch out! This plant does spread over time an may begin to sucker up in places several feet away from the main plant. Flowers only last a day, unworldly and fragrant many flowers emerging non-stop throughout summer. Grows in shade but needs goodly amounts of sun for good flowering may also be grown in full sun. Also a larvae plant for Zebra Longwing butterflies which may devour entire plants!!!

More information on this fascinating native Oklahoma vine at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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