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Passiflora foetida

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

Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family)

Passiflora foetida (Corona de cristo)
Marcus, Joseph A.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
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 open in the morning and close in the evening. 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
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Last Update: 2011-04-02