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Monday - January 13, 2014

From: Birmingham, AL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Vines
Title: Passiflora incarnata 'Alba' cultivar or hybrid from Birmingham AL
Answered by: Barbara Medford


Is Passiflora incarnata 'Alba' a cultivar or a hybrid?


Passiflora incarnata (Purple passionflower) is the scientific name of the native flower, and you can follow that link to our webpage on that plant to learn about it.

From Habitat Garden, here is an explanation of what hybrids and cultivars are.

From the Missouri Botanical Garden Passiflora incarnata 'Alba'  is referred to as a cultivar.


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Purple passionflower
Passiflora incarnata

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