Love this vine!

I post about the maypop (Passiflora involucrata incarnata) vine a few times each year, but I just can't help it. The blooms are so beautiful, intricate, and fragrant, the vine is vigorous and attractive...

What's not to love about this cold-hardy native?


Well, except for the fact that it's quite vigorous, spreading from its thick roots. I don't even know how many of these vines I have now. Did some grow from seed, or did they all just spread from the same parent plant?

You know, I don't really care.

They're just too fabulous, blooming all summer long...

These are at head level, and I hit them each time I walk by.

...then producing dozens of fruits.

Not that these are fruits to get overly excited about. They're mostly empty shells, an air pocket surrounding seeds that are encased in a juicy pulp. Oh, but it's such a yummy pulp!

They're not ripe yet, but in the next few weeks I think...

Edit: I have such a hard time with the species name of this one. I always oscillate between "involucrata" (incorrect) and "incarnata" (correct), then convince myself that the wrong one is right. Passiflora incarnata is the correct name for maypop. Sorry!)


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Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (September 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM)  

Good photographs. I don't recall seeing this plant before.

Mark and Gaz  – (September 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM)  

Cold hardy? I better look for one here then, it looks great!

danger garden  – (September 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM)  

I've never heard of the fruits developing around here, how intriguing!

Lisa C. D.  – (September 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM)  

Hi Alan! I absolutely love every passiflora. But wait, you just said cold-hardy? what is its hardiness? I would love to try it if its hardy enough.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (September 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM)  

Passionfruit is my favorite flavor in the world. Yes, the pulp is slimy, but it's soooo good in smoothies and mixed with other juice. I've never had maypop fruit, but I assume it's essentially similar to Passiflora edulis.

Alan  – (September 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM)  

DC Tropics: certainly is ready to take over, but that's one of the things I like about it. Vines that creep along all summer, barely getting to 5' by fall -- those are not for me! :)

Lisa: zone 5 to 9. Email me if you want a division (anybody in the US). I have many to dig up.

Lisa C. D.  – (September 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM)  

Thanks Alan! wow, I thought the hardiest passiflora was Passiflora caerulea. It´s great to know there is one hardy to zone 5!! I live in Spain, not in the US, but thank you very much for your offer!! It must look beautiful in your garden.

paul  – (September 24, 2014 at 7:58 PM)  

hi Alan,

I always wanted one of these! Would love a division if you still have any. Have Konjac corms to trade if interested!

Alan  – (September 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM)  

Paul: email me! I have plenty of Konjac corms already, but let's talk.

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