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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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Berry
Fruit: A berry, green or greenish-yellow at maturity.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AZ , 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 are open for just a few hours before closing. 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
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
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PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Roots easily from tip and stem cuttings.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
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
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
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 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Passiflora foetida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Passiflora foetida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Passiflora foetida
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-03-09
Research By: TWC Staff, WFS