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Growing Passion Flower

Growing Passion Flowers

Maypop Passionflower Vine


An attractive summer-blooming perennial vine with large, unusual flowers. Produces an edible fruit with a tart, apricot-like flavor that can be eaten fresh or used for jelly and flavoring drinks. Its flowers are attractive to butterflies. Most forms are tender tropical perennials, but Maypop Passionflower Vine (Passiflora incarnata, 13597) is a North American native species hardy in zones 5 to 9. These self-climbing vines should be grown on a sturdy trellis, fence, or arbor. Plant Passion Flower Vine in spring after the last frost in a hole 12 to 18 inches deep and wide amended well with compost or other organic matter. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than when growing in the pot.


For full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Plants are drought-tolerant once established. Benefits from mulch in winter to protect plant crowns. Planting in a protected area is recommended in zone 5 climates. Vines are vigorous and can be cut back if they overgrow trellises or support structures. Roots can spread somewhat aggressively in favorable sites. Vines have grasping tendrils that do not damage fences, trellises, or other structures and die back to the ground each fall.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy fruiting vines are Grapes, Hardy Kiwi, and Goji Berry.

Complimentary Products

A moderate feeder that benefits from regular fertilization. Perennial flowering vines include Clematis, Honeysuckle Vine, and Blue Moon Wisteria Vine (21236).

Product Recommendations

Black Gold Earthworm Castings (54307) or Chickity Doo Doo 5-3-2.5 (74559) can be used to amend the soil at planting.

Passion Flower Facts

Free from serious insect or disease issues. Maypop is a food plant for caterpillars of Gulf Fritillary butterflies, but these caterpillars rarely cause significant damage. Its leaves and roots were used as herbal remedies by the Cherokee and other Native American tribes.

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