Passiflora citrina - Lemon Passion Vine
Passiflora citrina is a small passion vine. The Lemon Passion Vine seems to prefer a bit of shade in Southern California. Passiflora citrina is native to the Honduras at moderate elevations. The blossoms are small at 1.5 inches. Passiflora citrina seemed to disappear during the winters even in a frost free Coastal Garden only to return each Spring. Passiflora citrina it is reputed to survive a frost, but I have yet to test that. From its origins Passiflora citrina would likely prefer a moist acidic soil, though in its coastal setting this plant gets little additional irrigation, a rather alkaline clay soil and is doing quite nicely. Passion vines have interesting methods of spreading pollen. And intriguing egg mimic appendages to fool butterflies that wish to deposit their eggs.
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