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Passiflora caerulea Constance Elliott - Passion Vine

Where the weather gets a little rough and you MUST have an exotic bloom Passiflora caerulea varieties are about the hardiest Passion Vines around. Passiflora Constance Elliott is more than reliable in our area. Here is your ticket to the tropics when you garden in jacket country. Passiflora Constance Elliott has come back from a prolonged 16°F series of nights. Dead to the roots but since it came back by the time I had forgotten about my jacket all was forgiven. The fruit on Passiflora Constance Elliot is edible and orange. I eat the pulp off the seeds. Maybe best of all the Gulf Frittilary butterflies come by in droves. In some yards the butterflies have eaten all of the foliage. My vine has always grown just a little faster than they can eat. If you want to have a Butterfly Garden, the butterflies make this Passion Vine worth its space all by themselves. Passion vines have interesting methods of spreading pollen. And intriguing egg mimic appendages to fool butterflies that wish to deposit their eggs. This is an excellent plant to host gulf fritillary caterpillars on in your butterfly garden.

Passiflora caerulea Constance Elliott, White Passion Vine

White flowers of Passiflora caerulea Constance Elliott. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.