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Marcus, Joseph A.
Passiflora foetida L.
Corona de Cristo, Scarlet-fruit passion flower, Fetid passionflower
USDA Symbol: PAFO2
USDA Native Status: Native and Introduced
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Vine Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
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 USDA Native Status: L48(NI), HI(I), PR(N), VI(N)
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
BenefitUse 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
Larval Host: Gulf Fritillary
Deer Resistant: Moderate
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Roots easily from tip and stem
cuttings. Commercially Avail:
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0442
Collected Jul 4, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
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Record Modified: 2011-04-02
Research By: TWC Staff, WFS