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Passiflora affinis Engelm.
Bracted Passionflower, Passion Flower
Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family)
USDA Symbol: PAAF
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Stems climbing, up to about 15 feet long, sometimes longer.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Pale yellowish green to white.
Native Habitat: Riparian to dry limestone areas thoughout the Edwards Plateau.
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Gulf Fritillary
Deer Resistant: Minimal
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
Gulf Fritillary |
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PropagationPropagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: Roots easily from tip and stem cuttings.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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 0103 Collected Aug 30, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0955 Collected Sep 2, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
BibliographyBibref 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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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Passiflora affinis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Passiflora affinis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff, WFS