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Newbie at Maypop- just heard the name today

Posted by Dahlia_Bloom 8a Alabama (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 12, 14 at 19:17

I was taking vegetation to the throw out pile when something interesting caught my eye. I snapped the pictures (sorry about both qualities as I had shaky hands). After a little searching I found out it was a Maypop Passion vine. I have never heard of these things and am at a loss as to what I want to do with it.

Is this poisonous/toxic to dogs? Are the fruits edible and, if so, what do they taste like? Are they perennial? Do they grow out of control?

I saw that it is best to grow these on trellis. What kind of trellis is recommended? Will they outgrow a 6-8 FT tall trellis easily (are they fast growers)? This plant is growing wildly close to the woods. If it is recommended, I would like to move this closer to the yard. When is the best time to move them and what is the best way to do so?

Sorry for all the questions!!!! Not only am I new to this type of plant, but I am a newbie gardener.

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RE: Newbie at Maypop- just heard the name today

Here is another pic. Again, sorry for the shakiness.

RE: Newbie at Maypop- just heard the name today

1. Poisonous or toxic to dogs?

There is a lot of conflicting info out there (seems that P. Caerulea and P. Edulis are VERY toxic, and you can actually smell the cyanogenic glycosides when you make's a very bitter smell) but to err on the side of caution, I always assume that you should treat all passiflora foliage, roots, and flowers, as toxic.

2. Are the fruits edible?

Yes, some more than others. You couldn't pay me enough money in the world to sample a P. Caerulea fruit ever again. But P. Edulis and P. Granadilla, as well as P. Incarnata, have some tasty fruits. Hawaiian Punch brand fruit drink has passion flower fruit juice in it. That is the best way I can describe the taste of a good fruit. The fruits are quite pulpy and contain lots of seeds, though. You would also need a different passion flower vine (no clones) to make fruit with some species of passion flower.

3. Are they perennial? Yes, in most cases. Some, like P. Lady Margaret, are less cold hardy and treated as annuals in some areas. You can always take a cutting of the plant, dip it in rooting hormone, and let it grow indoors over the winter, if you are trying to keep one that is not cold hardy.

4. Do they grow out of control?

To some, the need to pull up suckers (and there will be lots of suckers) would define this plant as out of control to them. Also, the vines get quite large, and the more you prune, the more side shoots are produced. I like passiflora, and don't mind pulling up suckers, so I would be more inclined to calling it a vigorous plant, rather than an out of control plant. But other gardeners have different opinions. It all depends on the amount of work YOU are willing to do.

6. What type of trellis do I use?

Um, a bigger than 8 foot. I let mine grow up and over my 8 ft fence, and my bigger ones are trained up netting to grow atop my pergola for shade.

7. Are they fast growers?

Yes, for most strains.

8. Best time/method to move?

I personally have never dug up a live passiflora plant to relocate it. I usually just take a cutting of the one I want, dip it in rooting hormone, plop it into a cup of moist vermiculite, and wait a few weeks for the cutting to take root.

Perhaps someone else can help you with the proper time and way to move it!


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