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October 8, 2016
Can you help me identify a vine, growing wild, with heart-shaped leaves, purple and
white frilly flowers and oval green pods?
I would guess passionvine- Passiflora incarnata without seeing a picture. Here is an example. They have egg-shaped fruit loaded
with seeds and a very detailed bloom.
August 27, 2016
From one small planting of a purple Passion flower vine, it has sprung up everywhere
- rose bushes, yard, iris bed etc. How can we get rid of it permanently? When the
vine is pulled up, it just comes back.
Even though it is a native plant, in the right conditions Passion flower can become
a bit aggressive. The key is to learn to identify it when it germinates in the spring.
Either pulling them and/or spot spraying with a glyphosate product can help to eradicate
them. The longer they are allowed to grow, the more tenacious the root system. If
you do want to keep one or two plants, be sure to harvest the fruit before it is fully
mature to prevent any from reseeding.
February 1, 2016
I have your book “In the Garden”. The photo of the passion flower on the cover is
beautiful and I would like to grow the vine on an arbor in our back yard. What conditions
do I need to be successful? We live in Bella Vista. Will the plant overwinter here?
The native passion flower or Passiflora incarnata should do well statewide in full sun to partial shade. There are some improved cultivars
with showier flowers. This past year the vines were literally covered in egg-shaped
fruits which are loaded with seeds. Some gardeners find that the plants get a bit
aggressive in their gardens. There is a red variety that is tropical and will not
My husband found this strange weedy vine growing near the PV golf course and brought
it home for my amazement. The interesting flower is sweet smelling and has a very
unusual shape, I think. I'll send another photo of the flower. Is the bulb the beginning
of a gourd?
The plant is a passion vine and the fruit is edible, but full of seeds. The flower
is the one on the cover of my book.
I am sending you a picture of a flower in my yard. Is it the same as the picture of
the one on the cover of your book “In the Garden”? If so, what is it?
They are the same plant. The picture on the cover of my book is a passion flower Passiflora incarnate.
I have gotten multiple questions concerning the same plant, so thought I would put
them all together for one question. Attached is also a picture of the plant. I found
the attached flower growing on ground vine on my property. I’ve never seen anything
quite like it and hoped you could identify it. It was about 2-2 ¼ inches in diameter.
There is a seed ball on it . The bugs had eaten the leaves pretty badly . I would
like to transplant a Maypop/Passion flower plant/vine from a field to my yard. When
would be a good time to do so and do you think I would be successful in keeping the
plant/vine alive? Would it be better to try to get seeds from the fruit and start
the plant from seed? If so when do I harvest the seeds? The plant I found has beautiful
flowers and fruit on it.
The flowers must really be popping now statewide, because I have gotten tons of questions
about them this week. The flower in question is a passion vine, maypop, or passion
flower Passiflora incarnata. The plant is perennial and will come back each season.
In some parts of the state, they find it to be a bit weedy, coming up from the root
system as well as from seed. They grow readily from seed; you can plant the entire
fruit or remove the individual seeds and plant them. Allow the fruits to mature on
the vine. They should turn a yellowish color when ripe. You could also transplant
a plant this fall. Just flag the plants location now so you know where it is when
it gets time to move it.