Passion Flower

Passiflora caerulea

Passion vine was named by Spanish Jesuit priests in the 1500s because they thought the flower explained the story of the Passion of Christ – the plant parts representing different elements of the crucifixion. Honey bees don’t care about this history, but they certainly are passionate about the plant when it blooms. The deciduous twining native vine will grow 8-12 feet and is excellent for covering a fence or trellis.  This is a host plant for the Gulf Fritallary and Vareigated Fritillary butterflies.

Passion flower (Passiflora caerulea)

 

Type Vine
Size 30′ tall
Flower blue, summer flowering
Fruit orange egg size fruit in fall
Hardy Zones 8-11
Native Brazil and Argentina

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