Wild passion vine, Maypop, Purple passionflower, Wild apricot, May apple
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Passiflora incarnata, Linn. WiLD Passion-flower. May- Pop. Fig. 2768. Tall-climbing strong perennial vine, glabrous or nearly so. becoming 20-30 ft. long: lvs. 3-lobed to about half their depth, broadly cordate- ovate in outline, serrate, the petiole bearing 2 glands near the top: fl. axillary and solitary, about 2 in. across, white, with a light purple corona band at its center: fr. oblong, about 2 in. long, with 3 sutures, yellow when ripe, edible. Dry places, Va., south and west. B.M. 3697. Mn. 9:17.—A weedy plant, but offered by dealers in native plants. With protection, the roots will survive the winter as far north as Baltimore, and the strong herbaceous vines make a fine cover for arbors and verandas. Easily grown from seeds.
The yellow mucilage around the seeds of the egg-sized fruit is sweet and edible, however it is quite seedy and mostly benefits wildlife.
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Easily from seed.
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