Asked on May 20, 2012

Our garden is way past its usual condition for this time of year.

Paul MCAROLColleen


I took some photos of the passion vines and their flowers. They are well in advance of their normal state, I guess it is because the spring was so warm. They were out of the ground a month sooner than usual and the flowers are just everywhere. And of course the aroma around the plants is beyond description. The only thing I know that is remotely similar is a Gardenia. Of course a Gardenia is much sweeter of a smell but they are both very strong and very pleasant, at least to us, and we love the fruit from the passion vine as well.
12 answers
  • 3po3
    on May 21, 2012

    Nice. Out here, all the early warm weather has me pretty worried about a drought and wildfires, but this is a nice reminder that this unseasonable weather has some beautiful upsides, too.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 21, 2012

    Enjoy the early arrival!

  • Rebecca D
    on May 21, 2012

    Our Passion flowers are early !

  • Jan M
    on May 21, 2012

    Those are just beautiful. I wonder if they would grow in our neck of the woods. Clematis do great, do you thing that the Passion flower would do as well??

  • Paul M
    on May 21, 2012

    I don't know Jan. You could look into it but I think it would grow there just fine. It may not fruit or it may have to be sprouted indoors it just depends on the climate. The bigger question is where to get seeds. I found some growing wild about 3 years ago and got my seeds that way. I am not sure how else to do it. These vines are native to the south eastern US and they are the only passiflorae that is native to North America.

  • Cooper S
    on May 22, 2012

    This vine grew in my backyard a long a creek bed for a long time, i've even cut them down. had no idea that they were so benificial / and used for human consumption. I was told by a friend that they were associated with snakes, she called them (snake berries). When can the seeds be harvest?

  • Paul M
    on May 22, 2012

    The vine will make a golf ball sized, or larger, fruit. Starting in the early fall these green spheres will begin to get a bit of a golden hue to them and most of the time they will fall off. That is when they need to be harvested and put up for a bit until the skin begins to wrinkle. After they husk begins to wrinkle a bit the fruit is at is sweetest and can be eaten. Actually you could eat them sooner than that but they are very tart if you get them too early. The fruit is much like a pomegranate and has a corpuscle of juice and pulp around a seed. When you eat them you could eat the seed too, they are harmless, but I usually separate the seed from the pulp, just like a pomegranate, and spit the seed in a cup so I can save them. That is how the seeds are harvested at our house anyway. I have been trying to find a way to juice them but I have not found a good method yet. These fruits are grown commercially in areas of Mexico and are sold in the open air markets there. I found that out a few years ago when I was searching for a juicing method. I don't know why they are not sold here and grown here too. Since they are native to the area they are not hard to grow at all. And even in a drought we will get some fruit. I did a quick search and found this link to some very helpful information and source for seeds as well. I hope this helps. Good luck to you all.

  • Terry S
    on Aug 31, 2012

    i grow them for the butterflies, the zebra uses it for laying their eggs

  • Alesa Holden
    on Mar 25, 2015

    Here in the south we call them "Maypops". They grow wild. Beautiful plant!

  • Colleen
    on Mar 11, 2016

    The flowers on this look like passion fruit flowers. Runs well along a trellis,fence or something to support it. Take it off the ground though. As it will cover everything

    on Oct 8, 2016

    They are clematis vine and if they are blooming this time of year, they are #3 or fall blooming. You're lucky to have them; make sure you have enough support for the vines to grow.

  • Paul M
    on Oct 8, 2016

    This was not a question it was a statement. This is not clematis it is Passiflora incarnata just as I said in the opening statement.

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