Purple Passion Vine

Purple Passion Vine Fower

Purple Passion Vine Fower

Common Names: Purple Passion Vine, Purple Passion Flower, Passionflower, Holy Trinity Flower, Apricot Vine, May Pops
Latin Name: Passiflora incarnata
Family: Passifloraceae
Plant Type: Perennial Vine
Origin: America
Blooming Time: June to September
Temperature: *F
Height: 25′
Color: Green leaves, white, violet, purple, lavender blooms
Insects and Diseases: Generally pest free

The Purple Passion flower is a fast growing vine that can reach up to 20 feet or more. Both the fruits and flowers are edible on some varieties and many food items are made from the plant.

The unique flowers are about three inches wide and they have several petals accented with a purple fringe. The wonderful fragrance this plant gives off resembles that of carnations.

The fruits called Maypops, are generally about two inches in size and is ripe when the fruit turns yellow. And, it is said that the fruits taste like a guava. To be fully ripe for eating the fruits should fall off naturally.

The Passionflower has large leaves that can reach 5 or 6 inches long and they have serrated edges. They generally have from three to five lobes that alternate along the stem. Flowers bloom where the leaf stem is attached to the vine. This one really needs something to climb on, they look great at fences or running up a trellis.

The Passionflower loves full sunlight, but it doesn’t do very well on really hot days and needs a little shade. The plant should be planted where it will only get direct sun about half of the day.

Plants do best when they are given lot’s of water and then allowed to just slightly dry out before watering again. If you over winter the plant, gradually stop watering and trim the plant when the foliage dies. In the spring when new growth starts to appear, watering schedule should be resumed.

A good quality garden or potting soil will work fine for this gorgeous vine. Just make sure that the roots have plenty of drainage. These vines have shallow roots and a thick layer of organic mulch can really help the plant flourish.

Although, the Passionflower prefers to be in well draining, fertile soil, it will even grow in heavier soils that contain clay. You can mix your own soil by using 2 parts loam, 2 parts peat and 1 part Perlite or sand.

A well balanced fertilizer can be used, it should supply the plant with phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. And, can be applied every four months.

To collect the seeds, use umblemished ripened fruit, the fruit needs to be over-ripe. Clean thoroughly and allow the seeds to dry. All the fleshy coating on the outside of the seeds must be removed.

The seeds contain a chemical that naturally slows their germination, cool, moist soil, slowly removes this chemical. But, you can pretreat them and induce faster germination.

Success has been met when the seeds were soaked for 24 hours in 5% ethanol cider, changed every 12 hours. Faster germination has also been accomplished by an overnight soaking in gibberellic acid.

Seeds should be less than a year old to plant and can be sown in sterile soil. They should be kept evenly moist and placed out of direct sunlight. Germination occurs in 10-20 days and can be transferred to a permanent pot or area once they reach 10-16 inches tall.

Propagation can be done through cuttings, but they’re very slow to establish roots. This plant is best propagated from seeds.

There are numerous species of the Passionflower, most of which are tender tropical vines. Passiflora incarnata is different in that it is a deciduous plant and will survive through winter freezes!

This plant grows from the roots and can quickly take over a whole area. Make sure that you plant this one in an area that won’t be affected by the plant spreading, or where you’ll still be able to mow the lawn.

Butterflies love this gorgeous flower, but keep in mind, so do bees! Although, the plant is generally pest free, you may find that the caterpillars love to eat them!

Written by Connie Corder for HouseplantsForYou.com, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved


  1. Melody Lawrence
    Jun 28, 2009

    I bought 2 purple passion plants this past week. I was l was lucky enough to speak to Dave from Dave’s Garden. He,s one of the last great bussinessman left hear in the USA. With all these sm buinessman getting pushed out I hope he stay’s It would be a great loss to all of us. I’ve looked for 25 yrs looking for a purple passion & i found it here at Dave’s corner.I just got ot today so I can’t give any progress yet.

  2. Nancy Kilbourn
    Jul 7, 2009

    I have a small passion vine that I bought at the drug store. The rabbits have eaten it to the ground several years so I have not had a blossom yet, in three years. Now it is in a safe place, outside, but I notice a new plant coming up from a root. Can I cut that new growth and plant it back at the main parent stem, or elsewhere?

  3. Beth Morse
    Oct 25, 2009

    I have had purple passion plants covering my fences for 4 years. They spread, trail, climb, and are fantastic. No care is needed to have these plants thrive; however, you will need to spend plenty of time pulling up the new shoots which spring up everywhere. This is the first time my plants (covering approximately 60 feet of fence) have produced fruit and there are hundreds. Very unusual and absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!

  4. Brian
    Mar 21, 2010

    I have a purple passion vine growing in a pot in my pool enclosure area in FL. The plant is a year old and it was only about three feet tall when I purchased it. Now it has grown up to the roof and along the overhang soffit areas of my house. it is very healthy and is continualy getting new growth. It is about 20 feet high now, but I have never had any fruit or flowers on my plant.
    My questions is does it need the bees and birds in order for it to blossom with flowers or fruit. It is in a completely screened in pool enclosure where no bees or birds can get to it.
    Tahnk you

  5. Anonymous
    Apr 11, 2011

    It is mid April and there is no sign of life from my three purple passion vines. Are they dead or is it too early to see growth? Vivian

  6. PlantLady
    May 8, 2011

    Brian it all depends on what type of plant you have. Some are self pollinating, but can sometimes be pollinated simply by wind. It can take from 1 to 3 years for the plant to start flowering and producing fruit.

  7. Lowell
    Jun 24, 2011

    I planted two 3′ plants around my pool area in east central Florida. One purple and the other an Edulis I believe (white with a lot of blue). I stretched that plastic chicken-wire over a cabana metal frame and waited. In short, the purple one shot off like the shuttle and made a wall of one side and a complete roof for the old cabana frame. Flowers, buds, millions of Gulf- Fitillary and Zebra Longwing butterflies, cocoons and caterpillars, and easily 20′ of growth. The white one gave us a couple of flowers, two fruit. This spring, boom! – the purple one has exceeded last years growth. White one, gone to the great arbor upstairs. — Question: this year, the bottom 2-3′ have browned out with few if any leaves … the rest of the soaring canopy is green and flowery and magnificent. Should I shield the bottom? Is this normal? Is it too much water, not enough? thanks

  8. misty carver
    Aug 28, 2012

    I have had a one growing in my yard for like 3 years and I didn’t even no what it was tell now!? Its taking over my hole yard. I have no idea where iit came from. 🙂 but its pretty.

  9. Art Phoun
    Jul 1, 2013

    The passion flowers have a unique structure, which in most cases requires a large bee to effectively pollinate. In the American tropics, wooden beams are mounted very near passionfruit plantings to encourage carpenter bees to nest. The size and structure of flowers of other Passiflora species is optimized for pollination by hummingbirds (especially hermits like Phaethornis), bumble bees, wasps or bats, while yet others are self-pollinating.^*;`

    Most interesting short article on our very own online site

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