Common name: Passionflower Maypop, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine
Origin: Eastern United States
Height at maturity: 2 meters
Hardiness: 0°C to protect or bring in winter
Plant type: climbing plant
Vegetation: perennial but not very hardy
Flower color: white, pink, purple
Type of soil: rich in humus and draining
Watering: copiously in summer, once every 10 days in winter
Use: pergola, trellis, porch, indoor, pot
Diseases and pests: spider mites, caterpillars, nematodes
Toxicity: edible fruits
Storage of seeds: 1 year in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Incarnata passionflower is one of the smallest passionflowers. It measures a maximum of 2 meters in height and is easy to grow and blooms abundantly.
A vigorous climbing plant, it produces in summer globular flowers 3 to 8 centimeters in diameter, delicately scented, pale purple in color adorned with a purple or white crown.
The leaves, 10 to 15 centimeters long, dark green, are divided into three to five deep, finely toothed lobes. Passion flower incarnata produces oval fruits 2 to 6 centimeters long, ovoid. They are edible when ripe and take on a yellow tint.
This plant can be grown indoors behind a window or in a sunny veranda. It will also find its place in summer on terraces and balconies. It can withstand a temperature of 0°C but if you do not live in a region with a mild climate, it is advisable to grow it in a container so that you can bring it into a greenhouse or veranda during the winter period.