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Passion vine

Passiflora spp. 'Incense'

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Zone 10 or Houseplant

Passion vines come in about 400 species in endless colors and are native to Tropical America in places like Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Peru

In 1620 Catholic priests in Peru saw a religious symbolism to this plant. The name 'passion flower' is said to derive from a resemblance of the blue passion vine's flower to the crown of thorns placed on Christ's head. Others say that the parts of the plant symbolize features of Crucifixion, known as The Passion of Christ

Passion vines are good at climbing using their tendrils to wrap around any support.  They grow quickly in South Florida, 15-20 feet or more. Many Passiflora have very complex flowers, some are scented, some used in commercial perfumes, and often the colors are bold and striking

Flowers appear in spring and throughout the warm months in South Florida.  Depending on variety, flowers vary from 1/2 inch to as much as 6 inches across

Proper conditions vary a little, but a sunny location in zone 10 with partial shade is a good start.  Provide a sandy organic soil, well drained, and moderate food.  After a brief period to establish, these vines are mainly carefree

Another famous member is the Passiflora edulis which produces attractive purple flowers and edible fruit (green to purple and yellow) as well.  The fruits are round, small at about 2 inches and pretty seedy. However, squeeze the fruit and a wonderful tropical liquid is your prize.  About 40 species of P. edulis produce edilble fruit, and about 10 of those are commercial or locally popular for fruit/juice

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Passiflora seen locally include:

  • Passiflora alata
  • Passiflora alata 'Ruby Glow'
  • Passiflora altopurea, Pic #1  #2
  • Passiflora 'Amethyst'
  • Passiflora boenderi, pic
  • Passiflora caerulea, pic
  • Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliot'
  • Passiflora citrina
  • Passiflora coccinea, Pic #1  #2  #3  #4
  • Passiflora coriacea, Pic #1  #2  #3
  • Passiflora edulis, offer page
  • Passiflora foetida
  • Passiflora 'Incense', pic
  • Passiflora jamesonii - Pink
  • Passiflora 'Jeanette', pic
  • Passiflora 'Joan Marie', pic
  • Passiflora "Lady Margaret', pic
  • Passiflora 'Lavender Lady'
  • Passiflora "marie', pic
  • Passiflora nigradenia, Pic #1  #2
  • Passiflora 'Peter Lawrence', pic
  • Passiflora pfordtii
  • Passiflora 'piresiae', pic
  • Passiflora Purple Granadilla, offer page
  • Passiflora quadrangularis, offer page
  • Passiflora racemosa - Red
  • Passiflora 'Solange', pic
  • Passiflora suberosa - Corky-stem
  • Passiflora 'Susan Joy', pic
  • Passiflora subpeltata - White
  • Passiflora 'Sunburst', pic
  • Passiflora triloba, Pic #1  #2
  • Passiflora vitifolia - Red
  • Passiflora x alatocaerulea