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Passiflora incarnata
    (pass-iff-FLOR-uh    in-kar-NAH-tuh)
Maypop, Purple Passionflower, Apricot Vine, taken on September 10, 2008.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland

Passiflora incarnata can do well in the home landscape.

Are you looking to add an exotic touch to your garden? Trying to add some vertical interest? Check out Passiflora incarnata also commonly called Passion Flower or MayPop. This beauty is not fussy but does like a well-draining spot in at least 4 hours of sun. Being a vine, our native passion flower needs something for its numerous tendrils to grab - a fence, a trellis, another plant. In NW Georgia, Passiflora incarnata flowers are usually an eye-catching purple and white with a very interesting center. Early Spanish missionaries used this unusual construction to symbolize the elements of the passion of Christ.

Common uses for this plant include: Native Americans and European settlers traditionally used the aerial parts medicinally to aid sleep and relaxation. The passion flower does produce an interesting fruit (passion fruit) that wildlife loves and is edible by humans as well. Consider siting this plant where you can enjoy its presence as it emerges from the ground in early spring with its 3 lobed leaves sending out its tendrils to continue its climb and then in late Juneearly July, the eye-candy flowers appear for one day and then begin to produce the fruit.

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