Mexicana in bloom
Beautiful little flower, isn't it?
Don't let it's looks deceive you. This one's a evil little thing, I assure you. Friday I got home from work and found several packages of stuff I'd ordered that were non-plant related. As I was opening them in my office, I noticed a stuffy kind of smell. Not pleasant, but I figured it was stale storage odor lingering from one of the packages. The next morning I opened my office door and was bowled over by a wave of mothball stench. What the heck was going on? I took out those boxes from the day before. No change. I removed all the contents that had come in those boxes. Nothing. I burned incense. The mothball smell laughed at my feeble smoke. I turned on the ceiling fan. That only made the smell stronger. I literally couldn't stand to be in my office, the smell was so strong. What's worse, the smell was permeating the rest of the house, even with my office doors closed. In desperation, I opened the windows in my office, and then I saw it-- my little passiflora mexicana with two little pretty 1" flowers open. That's it--two little flowers putting out more odor than any other passion flower I've ever had.
I'd heard that mexicana smelled unpleasant, but hadn't worried about it. After all, I'd heard the same about foetida, but my gossypiifolia is only vaguely musky in a greenish sort of way that is pretty much inconsequential. But wow, this mexicana wasn't playing games. I extricated it from my office and moved it outside, where it proceeded to open four more flowers the next day. Took several hours for my office's air to clear afterwards.
It's an attractive plant, and I still love it, but man, it's strictly an outdoor plant.