Passiflora incarnata
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Passiflora incarnata

purple passionflower
May apple

  family passifloraceae 
  genus passiflora 

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Genus  Passiflora Species  incarnata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  purple passionflower   May apple   maypop   passiflora Family  PASSIFLORACEAE Specimen number  S11182 Data source  GrUnFr p264;HtZn p151;MedPl p117;UnFruit pp65-74
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Vine Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  15' - 25' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Passiflora incarnata can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. Passiflora (also known as May apple, purple passionflower or maypop) needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to partial shade is best for growing this plant. It usually does best in well drained soils. The apricot colored fruit is edible.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  sedative   antispasmodic   tranquilizer Medicinal parts  Aerial parts   Flowers Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is 2 inch long, oval shaped, with yellow colored hard skin. It has a gelatinous pulp that tastes like a semi-tart apricot which surrounds seeds in pomegranate quantities. Its most notable nutritional component is minerals. Some of its possible culinary uses include: as juice and in jelly. Passiflora incarnata is most commonly used fresh. Passiflora (sometimes called May apple, purple passionflower or maypop) is used as a traditional herbal remedy. It's used as a sedative, an antispasmodic and a tranquilizer. The aerial parts and the flowers are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Cutting Pollination method  Cross pollination Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Aug 01 - Sep 30 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Juice   Jelly   Fresh Nutritional value  Minerals Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts 2 inch long, oval shaped, with yellow colored hard skin Flavor / texture  has a gelatinous pulp that tastes like a semi-tart apricot which surrounds seeds in pomegranate quantities
Horticulture notes  Passiflora incarnata requires cross-pollination in order to bear fruit. August and September are the usual harvest months. Passiflora (in some places called May apple, purple passionflower or maypop) is typically propagated using a cutting. This plant is thought to originate from Southeastern US and Eastern US.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Passiflora incarnata is an herbaceous perennial. Flowers: Passiflora (locally known in some parts as May apple, purple passionflower or maypop) has 4" stars with alternating sepal and petal colors. The blossoms are usually a lavender color.

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