Sunday, July 31, 2011

Passionflower Blooms

At the beginning of June I planted a tiny sapling of the purple passionflower or maypop (Passiflora incarnata), a species of passionflower that is native to much of the eastern half of the United States. Since the plant was so small I was not expecting flowers this summer but when I got back from Germany a few weeks ago a number of buds had formed and today the first flower blossomed.

Purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

The flower has a heavy, powdery scent, though it is only perceptible at a very close range. I think it is absolutely stunning and hope many more are to follow.


  1. Passionflower is such an odd thing. The flower looks like it can't possibly be native to the US outside of maybe Florida or Hawaii. I haven't grown it, but it's on my gardening bucket list.


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