Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Thomas G. Barnes, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky.

Purple passion flower

Scientific name
Passiflora incarnata
Also Known As
Apricot vine, Granadilla, Holy-trinity flower, Maycock, Maypop, Molly-pop, Old field apricot, Passion vine, Pop-apple, Wild passionflower
Plant Family
Plant Group
Purple passion flowers have 10 purple-white petals with a large ring of hair-like segments above them. They also have 3-4 prominent club-like stigmas protruding from the center of the flowers.
Identification Hints

Purple passion flowers have 10 purple-white petals with a large ring of hair-like segments above them. They also have 3-4 prominent club-like stigmas protruding from the center of the flowers.

Did You Know?

"The Houma, Cherokee and other Native American tribes used purple passionflower for food, drink, and medicinal purposes. The plant was also used as a sedative to treat nervous conditions and hysteria." Contributed by: USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center.

Leaves
The alternate 3-lobed leaves have finely-toothed edges.
Flowers
The spectacular flowers are pale lavender or, rarely, white with five petals. The complex flower has a “crown” or corona of numerous fringelike segments that arise from above the petals. The corona is white or lavender with purple bands.
Fruits
The fruit of the purple passion flower is called a maypop, but is really a berry and the fleshy portion is filled with seeds. They are about the size of a hen’s egg, and have yellow/green skin. The pulp is juicy, and tastes similar to an apricot or guava, but with a stronger and more aromatic flavor.
Habitat
: Purple passionflower is common in open or cultivated fields, rocky slopes, thin woods, roadsides, fencerows and thickets. Purple passionflowers require direct sunlight for at least half of the day. The plants prefer fertile, well-drained soils but will grow in heavier clay soils.
Bloom Time
Summer (June to September), depending on location.
States
AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV