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Passiflora incarnata

'Maypop' is a plant in the Passiflora (Passionflower) genus with a scientific name of Passiflora incarnata.

Maypop, or purple passion flower is a long vine growing up to 25 feet. It sprawls along the ground or climbs with axillary tendrils. Three in lavender purple flowers are intricate looking and unique. Produces a large, edible orange yellow berry. Will sucker.12

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 15.0 cm (5.85 inches imperial) and produce a honey fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Lavender purple and   Bright Purple and   Royal purple. The mature flowers take a semi-double form, with an approximate petal count of 9. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Orange peel and   Yellow-green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Lincoln green colour. It is a semi-edible flower / fruit that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Maypop is known for its vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 6.09 metres (19.79 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring, followed by first harvests in mid summer. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies, bees and birds, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Maypop is a great choice.

United States is believed to be where Maypop originates from.

Maypop needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

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How to grow Maypop

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Depending on where you live, this can be a very vigorous plant. Trellising is a good idea. Generally speaking, the more sun and warmth it has, the more flowers and fruits you’ll get.

Sometimes people cut it back in the first year and it doesn’t return. Be sure to mulch the base heavily if you live in the colder areas for it’s range. To get it established in the first year, it may need a bit of water.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 6 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Maypop is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Maypop to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Maypop from seed

Scarification can improve germination rates.

Transplanting Maypop

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around -15°C / 5°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Maypop is a tender plant.

Harvesting Maypop

The fruit turns from green to yellow and gets about the size of a large oval hen’s egg. That is the time to harvest. It gets to maturity in about three months from the time it starts blooming.

Seed Saving Maypop

Harvest seeds from overripe fruits. Remove fleshy bits, then dry seeds completely.

Common Maypop problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Maypop plants:

Not a pest per se, but this is THE host plant for the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) butterfly1. It is vital to their life cycle. Also host to other butterfly larva including: Zebra Longwing, Crimson-patch longwing, Red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus), Julia butterfly, Mexican butterfly, Varigated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia).1

Maypop Etymology

The name comes from “maracock” which is what the Powhatan Indians called it.

Passion flower comes from the flower said to represent the Passion of the Christ.1

Maypop Folklore & Trivia

There is evidence it may be effective in treating anxiety.3

Herbalists will make a tea out of the leaves, and use it to lower blood pressure, treat insomnia and headaches.

The fruits were a staple food for the Native Americans.

Other names for Maypop

Purple passionflower, Wild passionflower, Apricot vine, Old field apricot, Holy-trinity flower, Mayapple, Molly-pop, Passion vine, Pop-apple, Granadilla, Maycock, Maracoc, Maracock, White sarsaparilla, Passion flower

Passiflora incarnata L.

Misspellings: Purple passionflower, True passionflower, Wild apricot, and Wild passion vine

Maypop care instructions

How long does Maypop take to grow?

These estimates for how long Maypop takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


Popular varieties of Maypop

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