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Passiflora affinis (Bracted passionflower)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Passiflora affinis

Passiflora affinis Engelm.

Bracted passionflower, Passion flower

Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: paaf

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

 

Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: TX
Native Habitat: Riparian to dry limestone areas thoughout the Edwards Plateau.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Conditions Comments: Like all passionflower vines in Central Texas, bracted passion-flower attracts butterflies that lay eggs. The resultant caterpillars are voracious and may totally defoliate the vine, but if bracted passionflower is well-established, the vine will resprout quickly. Specifically the Zebra Longwing butterfly and the Gulf Fritillary use it for larval food. The flowers are intricate but not showy.

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Gulf Fritillary
Deer Resistant: Minimal

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

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

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Propagation

Propagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: Roots easily from tip and stem cuttings.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0955 Collected Sep 2, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0103 Collected Aug 30, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Bibliography

Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 308 - Lone Star Field Guide to Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs of Texas, Revised Edition (2003) Tull, D. & G.O. Miller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Passiflora affinis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Passiflora affinis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Passiflora affinis

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff, WFS

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