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Passiflora alata - Winged Stem Passion Vine

Passiflora alata is tropical and will suffer if temperatures even approach frosty. The fruit of the Winged Stem Passion Vine are edible. It is a good plan to provide solid support for this large fast growing vine. Passiflora alata can reach to 40 feet. Old stems will be buried by the new. The spectacular fragrant flowers usually hang down and can be lost in the foliage even though they are as much as 5 inches across. The flowers of Passiflora alata are well presented floating in a bowl of water. Passiflora alata has edible fruit that is yellow orange when ripe. You eat the pulp that coats the seeds. Passion vines have interesting methods of spreading pollen. Passiflora alata has intriguing egg mimic appendages to fool butterflies that wish to deposit their eggs. This is an excellent plant to host gulf fritillary caterpillars in your butterfly garden.

Passiflora alata, Winged Stem Passion Vine

Red tepals with a bowl of purple red and white striped flowers - Passiflora alata - Winged Stem Passion Vine. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.