The Passion Flower Vine (belonging to the Passiflora genus) is a dramatic flowering vine that is primarily grown for its exotic flowers and fruit.
Two popular species include Passiflora caerulea and Passiflora incarnata.
Passiflora caerulea (also known as Blue Passion Flower) is native to Argentina and Brazil. This Passionflower vine is a fast growing evergreen climber with dark green, lobed leaves.
Leaves can have between three and nine lobes. Flowers are typically white, sometimes flushed pink, with a blue or purple banded corona. Blooms appear from summer to fall, followed by yellow egg-shaped fruits.
Passiflora incarnata (also known as Purple Passion Flower) is native to the eastern United States. This Passion Flower Vine features large three to five lobed dark green leaves with lightly toothed edges.
The flowers are composed of ten lavender-white tepals arranged in a bowl shape. Above the tepals is a purple and white corona. Blooms appear from summer to fall, followed by ovoid fruit.
USDA Hardiness Zone
USDA Zone 6 - 10
Full sun to light shade.
During the growing season keep soil evenly moist (not soggy) to ensure good flowering and growth.
Water regularly, avoid overwatering.
Apply a balanced fertilizer in the early spring and then again six to eight weeks later.
Passion vines can be propagated from both seeds and stem cuttings.
Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.
Display and Uses
Passion Vine can be planted in the garden or in a container. If planted in a container, provide some type of support, such as a small trellis. Support is also necessary when planted in the landscape; plant near a trellis, wall, or fence.
Note: The Passion Flower can be planted in the garden eight weeks after rooting.