Forest & Kim Starr
Plant Common Name
Perfumed or grape-leaf passion flower is a perennial vine native to south Central America and northern South America. It is evergreen in frost free locations and deciduous in colder locations. Dark green, glossy, lobed, leave have toothed margins and are arranged alternately on the stem. The vines climb by tendrils produced in the leaf axils (joint between the leaves and stems) on round branches covered with red-brown hairs. Beautiful flowers appear spring and summer through fall. The complex, fragrant, bowl-shaped flowers are composed of white and red fleshy reproductive structures surrounded by a fringe scarlet red to bright yellow filaments and many deep red to vermilion petals. The fruit soon follows thought out the season and is oval, yellow to green, fuzzy and edible.
Perfumed passion flower is an aggressive growing vine and soon covers structures or other plants, particularly in disturbed areas. It prefers to grow in full sun but will tolerate light shade for a short portion of the day. Well-drained soil is required; passion flowers are drought tolerant but look best with irrigation in dry times. This passion vine is frost and freeze sensitive and will not tolerate prolonged freezing temperatures. Grow it in containers where not hardy. Perfumed passion flower can be weedy, spreading by suckers and rooted vines; it has become naturalized in Hawaii. Grow passion flowers as a ground cover, on trellises or other supports for the lovely flowers and abundance of butterflies and hummingbirds they attract.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 10
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 11
H2, 16, 17, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Central America, South America
Container, Edible, Feature Plant, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical, Vine
Sharp or Has Thorns