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Purple Passionflower

Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

Purple Passionflower
(Passiflora incarnata)


  • Up to 20 feet


  • May to August


  • Native
  • Perennial
  • Vine


  • Full sun to part sun

Soil moisture:

  • Dry to moist

Provides food for:

  • Native bees (flowers)
  • Butterflies (flowers)
  • Hummingbirds (flowers, insects)
  • Caterpillars (foliage)
  • Songbirds (caterpillars and other insects)


  • Caterpillars of the gulf fritillary butterfly depend on purple passionflowers as their only host plant.
  • Fruit is edible and was an important food source for indigenous cultures.
  • Will die completely back to the ground in the winter, but will come back from the roots in the spring.
  • Can spread by root suckers.

Native Range:

USDA range map for Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Map credit: USDA Plants Database

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