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    06 / 13 / 2015

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A vine in S Florida growing along a fence, the grass, and up a tree! Leaves are medium green, 1.5 inches, football shaped, and shiny, with a slightly jagged edge. The flowers are 4-5 inches–the size of my palm.


  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Not sure who your “authorities” are, but I’m gonna stick with my definition of invasive. I have climbing beans that are more aggressive than passiflora. Nobody is calling them invasive… Maybe a comparison with true invasives? Try visiting an area where English ivy and/or Chinese wisteria have escaped… Those invasives kill trees and completely eliminate the understory plants. At my house the naturally occurring passiflora is growing among my tomatoes… Without causing problems. And I’ve never seen passiflora kill a tree. I can’t say the same about my climbing lima beans…

    June 15th, 2015 at 1:05pm

  • parityanimal Master Identifier says:

    Oh, and bumble bees LOVE it and will get drunk in the flowers. You can pet them. Literally.

    June 15th, 2015 at 8:32am

  • parityanimal Master Identifier says:

    “Invasive” and “weed” are both somewhat subjective. There are authoritative sources that list this vine as both. Many wildflowers that people cultivate started out as a weed and still grow as one in the wild. I personally happen to love the flowers, and the fruit, but in my yard, and some others I know of, it is beyond aggressive and definitely into the “invasive” realm and does its level best to choke out some other wildflowers and plants that I don’t want choked out. Keeping it “in its place” may prove to be too difficult for some people, unless it’s grown in a planter, surrounded by yards and yards of concrete. Fortunately, if you pounce on unwanted growths (at least in flower beds) and pull them out while young, and before they flower, you can keep them somewhat in control in the bed. The yard itself, near the bed, may be another matter entirely, though mowing them down eventually seems to keep them somewhat at bay.

    June 15th, 2015 at 8:55am

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Not invasive, passaflora is native. Not a weed, an important butterfly host plant. Host to the Florida longwing… State butterfly of Florida… Also expect to see gulf fritillary caterpillars. Invasive is an important label better reserved for exotic spreaders that use our yards as springboards to invade natural areas and crowd out the native plants. Passaflora is aggressive, but… Most vines are.

    June 14th, 2015 at 4:35pm

  • Lou Flower Fanatic says:

    yes-passion vine

    June 14th, 2015 at 1:16pm

  • parityanimal Master Identifier says:

    Passiflora incarnata. Passion flower. A lovely invasive weed. 🙂

    June 14th, 2015 at 11:26am

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