Passiflora incarnata, Passion Flower, Maypop

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Found naturally* along roadsides, pastures, and open woods, the exotic flowers and edible fruit of Purple Passionflower make this unique vine a striking ornamental plant for the garden. The common name, Maypop, refers to the fruit, which makes a loud popping sound when stomped on.

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Tags: Rapid-growing, tendril-climbing, deciduous vine, Three-lobed, medium to dark green leaves Usually fragrant, 3-inch flowers crowned with wavy filaments and a showy center column of stamens and stigmas; bloom May to October Pulpy, edible, egg-shaped fruits (maypops), ripen to yellow-green for harvest mid-summer into fall Spreads rapidly by root suckers Attributes Tolerates clay soil and drought; no serious pests or diseases Moderate deer resistance Ethnobotanic uses; fruit eaten fresh or cooked Attracts butterflies and bees to its flowers; wild turkeys eat young tendrils; larval host for Gulf and Variegated Frittilary butterflies Growing and Maintenance Tips Excellent Replacement for Soil requirements: Average, well-drained Ampelopsis brevipedunculata – Porcelain Berry Light requirements: Sun Celastrus orbiculatus – Chinese/Oriental Bittersweet Water requirements: Moist Lonicera japonica – Japanese Honeysuckle Remove suckers on regular basis to control spread Cover roots lightly with mulch Use on arbors, fences, posts and walls or on slopes for erosion control *It is native in DC; adventive (non-native, escaped from cultivation) in DE’s Coastal Plain; and absent in PA. In VA, it is common in the Coastal Plain and outer southern Piedmont, infrequent elsewhere in the Piedmont, and rare in the mountains. It is native to NoVA, except Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9 for Fairfax County.

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