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Marcus, Joseph A.
Passiflora lutea L.
Yellow passion vine, Yellow passion-flower, Yellow passionflower
Synonym(s): Passiflora lutea var. glabriflora
USDA Symbol: palu2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This climbing or trailing vine grows to about 15 ft. in length. The greenish-yellow flowers, an inch across, give way to purple or black berries. Wide, shallowly lobed leaves with entire margins turn an attractive yellow in fall.
This is a major food plant for several species of butterfly larvae.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WV Native Distribution: PA
s. IL, MO
& e. KS,
s. to FL, AL
& TX Native Habitat:
Low, rocky, moist woods; thickets
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Soil Description:
Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Various well-drained soils. Conditions Comments:
This climbing or trailing vine
has greenish-yellow flowers, that give way to purple or black berries. Wide, shallowly lobed leaves with entire
margins turn an attractive yellow in fall. This is a major food plant for several species of butterfly larvae.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy, Attractive
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-Butterflies, Fruit-small mammals, Fruit-birds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Julia, Mexican & Gulf fritillaries butterflies, Zebra & Crimson-patch longwing butterflies.
Deer Resistant: High
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TXPineywoods Native Plant Center
- Nacogdoches, TXTexas Discovery Gardens
- Dallas, TXBrackenridge Field Laboratory
- Austin, TXStengl Biological Research Station
- Smithville, TXTexas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TXNPSOT - Austin Chapter
- Austin, TXJacob's Well Natural Area
- Wimberley, TXMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0660
Collected Jun 6, 1992 in Medina County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1065
Collected 2011-07-24 in Morris County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPC, WFS