Deets: The passion flower is a beautiful tropical-looking vine, though not native to tropical regions. In spite of its tropical appearance, the passion flower, also known as the Maypop because it pops out of the ground in May, is actually native to the southeastern United States and can be seen growing along roadsides, open fields, and even in some wooded areas.
The passion flower was named by early missionaries in the early 1500s, who believed parts of the plant symbolized features of the crucifixion of Christ. For instance, the flower’s five petals and five petal-like sepals were said to represent the ten apostles who remained faithful to Jesus throughout the Passion suffering and death. In addition, the flower’s circle of hair-like rays above its petals was thought to suggest the crown of thorns upon Christ’s head.
If you’re looking for something different to add an exotic presence to your home, look no further. The passion flower is certainly a good choice. It’s relatively carefree, quite exquisite in appearance, and the flowering vine is filled with a rich history.
Name(s): Passion Flower Vine; Maypop/ Passiflora Incarnata
Light: This beauty enjoys bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can burn the plant.
Water: Passion flower vines loves a regular water schedule, and prefers moist, humid conditions, but not soaking. Don’t let the soil dry out and keep it evenly moist.
Grower: Beginner, all types
Pets: No. This plant is toxic to pets.