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Passiflora foetida

Corona de Cristo, Scarlet-fruit passion flower, Fetid passionflower

Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family)

Passiflora foetida (Corona de cristo)
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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , FL , HI , MD , TX
Native Distribution: Thickets, ditches, and meadows in sands and saline low spots in South Texas.
Native Habitat: Thickets, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy, Saline tolerant, Calcareous
Conditions Comments: Its flowers are open for just a few hours before closing. Just as attractive are the large, bright red fruits. This vine grows in sands and suckers vigorously. It can become a nuisance.


Use Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Fruits ornamental, Arbor, Twines on fences & other plants
Use Food: Fruits are mildly sweet, sometimes tart. Young leaves and plant tips are edible.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Gulf Fritillary
Deer Resistant: Moderate

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Passiflora foetida is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Gulf Fritillary
(Agraulis vanillae)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Last Update: 2016-10-12