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Marcus, Joseph A.
Passiflora foetida L.
Corona de Cristo, Scarlet-fruit passion flower, Fetid passionflower
USDA Symbol: pafo2
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Vine Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Distribution:
Thickets, ditches, and meadows in sands and saline low spots in South Texas. Native Habitat:
Thickets, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions
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
Roots easily from tip and stem
cuttings. Commercially Avail:
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0442
Collected Jul 4, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Record Last Modified: 2011-04-02
Research By: TWC Staff, WFS