Passion flower (genus Passiflora), also spelled passionflower, is a genus of over 500 species of mostly tendril-bearing vines in the Passifloraceae family and their distinctive flowers.
The majority of species are found in the Americas’ neotropical regions. Some are grown for their ornamental value, while others are grown for their edible fruits. Many are important butterfly larval host plants.
The majority of passion flowers are vines with grasping tendrils that climb or prostrate; some are trees or shrubs. Plants can be either herbaceous or woody. Simple leaves can be whole or lobed, and a single plant can produce a variety of leaf shapes.
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Passionflowers come in a variety of forms, including shrubs, annuals, perennials, and trees. Plant a passionflower in moist but well-drained soil in a sunny spot with the protection of a wall or trellis. Passionflowers bear edible fruit. Place it in a pollinator garden to ensure fruiting success.
The unusual-looking flowers bloom from midsummer to early autumn but only last about a day. In the winter, passionflowers will die back. These plants are native to North America, with populations ranging from Delaware west to Missouri and south to Texas and Florida, as well as in Central and South America.
A passionflower has a broad, flat petal base and five or ten petals arranged in a flat or reflex circle. Passionflowers grow quickly and return year after year. Plant them in the spring or early fall while the weather is still warm. The toxicity of the plant varies by type, so make sure you know which one you’re growing if you have small children or pets.
Passionflowers may appear to be tropical, but they can be grown almost anywhere, including much colder climates. In fact, you might come across these seemingly delicate passionflower vines growing alongside the road—some passionflower species can spread rapidly in warmer climates. Because the genus Passiflora is native to North and South America and contains over 500 species, the common name passionflower can refer to a variety of plants.
Passionflowers are usually trained on a trellis, fence, or other vertical structure where they are hardy. Passionflower plants are frequently grown in pots and moved indoors for the winter in areas where they are not hardy.
They should be grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Many species, which can be harmed by strong winds or harsh weather, should be planted in a sheltered location, such as against a garden wall.
Passionflower, in addition to being a lovely flowering vine for your garden, has well-known medicinal properties. Passionflower has long been used by Native Americans to treat a variety of ailments, including wounds, earaches, and liver problems, and it is also thought to be beneficial in treating insomnia and reducing stress and anxiety.