Passiflora incarnata (Purple Passion Flower)
Also known as Maypop.
Native Purple Passionflower is as showy as it gets. Its blooms are large and exotic looking.
This attractive vine is a host plant for a number of butterflies. Butterfly caterpillars will defoliate the plant, but if established enough, they will not kill it. Passionflower spreads by root suckers, and it can pop up in unexpected places in the garden, often a long distance away. It can be controlled by removing the undesirable growth, but it requires regular, frequent effort as it grows and spreads quickly. Passionflower may be used on trellises, arbors, walls, or fences, or be allowed to trail on the ground.
AT A GLANCE
|Water use||Low, medium|
|Sun exposure||Full to part sun|
|Mature height||6-8 ft|
|Host plant||Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary butterfly|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|