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Passiflora foetida (Corona de cristo)
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Passiflora foetida

Passiflora foetida L.

Corona De Cristo, Fetid Passionflower

Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family)


USDA Symbol: PAFO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)

This species includes botanical varieties that are North American natives. However, it also includes botanical varieties that are not native to North America, e.g. Passiflora foetida var. lanuginosa, Scarletfruit Passionflower. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Fruit Type: Berry
Fruit: A berry, green or greenish-yellow at maturity.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Distribution: Thickets, ditches, and meadows in sands and saline low spots in South Texas.
Native Habitat: Thickets, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy, Saline tolerant, Calcareous
Conditions Comments: Its flowers are open for just a few hours before closing. This vine grows in sands and suckers vigorously. It can become a nuisance.


Use 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
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Gulf Fritillary
Deer Resistant: Moderate

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Gulf Fritillary
(Agraulis vanillae)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


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

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.

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
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0442 Collected Jul 4, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


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 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 36 - Useful wild plants of Texas, the Southeastern and Southwestern United States, the Southern Plains, and Northern Mexico (Volume 1: Abronia-Arundo) (1995) S. Cheatham; M. C. Johnston; L. Marshall
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-03-09
Research By: TWC Staff, WFS

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