I posted this on "plant deals thread", but things are moving so fast aroung here and wanted you to see this!
When visiting North Carolina I fell in love with Passion Flower. The gardner said while beautiful, it is very invasive and often damaging to wood stuctures. Just figured I'd pass that along. Do a search and see what you find!! Beautiful flower!!!
Here's another one for Stan. I found this at Lowe's this spring. It wasn't flowering, and it was mislabelled as Passiflora incarnata. I could tell that it wasn't by the leaves. It's been blooming for about a month, now. I think it is either Passiflora "Amethyst," or Passiflora "Lavender Lady."
Although this one isn't a hummingbird flower, I understand that there are species of Passiflora that are attractive to hummingbirds. I think I remember P. vitifolia being mentioned, and I also think I saw P. coccinea on some list, somewhere.
Does anyone have a passionflower that hummingbirds like?
Quote:The gardner said while beautiful, it is very invasive and often damaging to wood stuctures.
Hi Pam, How does it damage wood, you mean like a house or shed? I really fell in love with that Passion Flower after seeing one of the picture contest that Russ posted. After seeing his and your photos I am going to try and see if I can get a few just to put on our deck.
This is the passiflora that I have growing. It wasn't tagged when I purchased it at a local nursery. I have never seen a hummingbird so much as check it out but the Gulf Fritillaries love it. I have had it for about 5 years and it is eaten to the ground by the GF cats but comes back every spring.
This is what we call the native passiflora that grow wild around here. Supposedly it is the plant of choice for the GF's.
So THAT'S what those pesky caterpillars turn into! They all but destroy my passion vine every spring, and then I accidentally get it with the weed-wacker to boot. Mine is slowly coming back, but I don't know if hummers ever use it. I have the burgundy colored one...
The Scarlet Passionflower I grow was identified as Passiflora vitifolia by noted botanist and ornithologist Alexander Skutch. The leaves resemble those of grape vines, thus the specific epithet. According to the late, great Dr Skutch, the flowers are pollinated by the Long-tailed [currently Long-billed] Hermit. I observed one nectaring from some flowers while I was with Dr Skutch.
That said, I have only seen hummers here approach the spectacular flowers a few times. However, orioles will kill for them.
The vine is badly invasive. If I don't take some drastic action very soon, tendrils will be crawling in the windows.
Nancy L Newfield
Metairie, Louisiana USA
USDA Zone 9
When I visited Costa Rica last November, my friends had a resident hummer that fed at their red passiflora all the time. The vine hung like a swag above the gate to their driveway. Here's a pic I took while I was there.
USDA Zone 8b
Heat Zone 3
Sunset Zone 5
SeaTac, WA...one cool place
Ron, that looks like the same kind as mine! Don't you think?
I bought it early in the summer to replace my Passiflora incarnata, which I thought had died over the winter. Then, lo and behold, the incarnata started sending up sprouts in July, and is now sharing the trellis with my 'Amethyst,' or 'Lavender Lady,' or whatever it is. The incarnata hasn't bloomed yet, but I think there's a good chance it will before cold weather. Its blooms are a pale lavender, which should be a nice complement to the deeper amethyst tones.
I had heard that incarnata can be slow to break dormancy in the spring, but July?!! That's ridiculous. I'm glad it survived, though.
I have grown Passiflora x belotti and a couple Passiflora edulis vines in pots for a bunch of years before I got a horrible mealie bug infestation on them and finally had to destroy them. I overwintered them inside and let them climb around my window. Below are pics of the belotti a couple years ago:
They are fun and fast-growing vines!
SE PA USDA Zone 7
AHS Heat Zone 6
Sunset Zone 32
thanks, ron and jenny, for more excellent and beautiful examples. 3 of my 4 free cuttings are thriving away. one has dropped its leaves and is showing no new growth. I hope to see some blossoms here next year.
Craig (no login)
June 15 2008, 11:51 AM
The passion flower is pretty, but if you plant one be ready for it to take over your yard and your neighbors yards. We are trying to kill ours, they are everywhere.
I have a descent sized passion flower near the house, but it hasn't sent runners etc out and no other stray plants are growing anywhere near it. The only problem I have with mine, Passiflora quadrangularis is that I have to propagate by hand to get fruit.
The perfume is beautiful and there is very little 'garbage' under it.
It makes good wine, too! I have a dozen or so Passiflora edulis plants at another spot on the farm, since I don't need to hand propagate them
I should add the the hummers ignore the plant but love to sit on the wire.