Saturday, July 11, 2009

What's Your Passion?

It's been a while since I have posted...mainly due to a great loss in the family and taking care of my niece and fishing!! I am anxious to get back to blogging once again and play catch up on all of the wonderful blog happenings!! Looking forward to seeing new ideas and read what all of you have been up to.

Here is a photo of my Passion vine flower that grows on my conservatory. I wanted red flowers, but I got these, so was surprised when this color showed up!! It's still beautiful! ...here's a little about these wonderfully unique flowering vines:

I pruned this back last week and its already getting top heavy again. I’ll have to prune it again this week. Passion flower flowers on new growth not old, so if you do not prune you won’t get as large of a batch of flowers. I usually prune back once every 2 weeks, depending on it's growth rate. It is a fast growing vine and you’ll need to give it a quick prune almost weekly and a serious prune monthly during the growing season.
These are tough to germinate from seed, you are better off buying a plant or rooting a cutting off a friend’s plant.
Passion flower dies back in the late fall, leaves turn yellow and fall off and it leafs back out very early in the spring. This one has been flowering for over a month now.
The flowers are amazing, layers upon layers of petals and a large stigma with five stamen around it.
Full to part sun is best for this plant, however mine is in mostly shade except for late afternoon for a few hours. Flowers open when the sun hits the plant.
It prefers moist soil not too wet, not too dry.
It will need support, I have wires running behind the plant that I wrap the vines around.
Butterflies love passion flower vines and you will have caterpillars and cocoons on on the plant. I try not to remove the cocoons when pruning, but that’s a personal preference. {Butterflies that use passion flower vines as hosts include: Gulf Fritillay & Varigated Fritillary, Heliconians } Hummingbirds like this flower as well.
Fruits are edible and usually cooked, they do not taste well raw. They are like blackberries in flavor when cooked into a pie or cobbler.
There are over 600 species of passion flowers found through out the tropical and subtropical climate.
Some passion flower species can only be pollinated by interacting with hummingbirds. The hummingbirds and these species of passion flowers have a symbiotic relationship. Many caterpillars feed on the leaves before changing to butterflies, many other insects find the foliage to be toxic. This toxin also makes the caterpillars toxic to their predators.
Propagate by seed in the spring, or by cutting in the summer.
Look carefully at your passion flower next time it blooms. Close to the leaf base you’ll see a couple small bumps that are yellowish. These are the size of butterfly eggs. Since butterflies won’t lay eggs close together the passion vine is attempting to trick the butterfly into thinking eggs have already been laid there.

So, what's your Passion?


5 comments:

blushing rose said...

Living today for today with joy & peace. TTFN ~ Marydon
PS I LOVE the flowers. They are quite interesting.

Lisa said...

Oh these are just lovely! I've never seen them! Isn't is fun to have a passion!!
Hugs, Lisa

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

WOW those are beautiful! At first I thought they were clematis. I'll have to check if they grow in PA. Thanks for sharing, Esther

Dixie said...

This is one of my favorite vines... I have one on a trellis behind the barn... yes... I know... I need to move it... but it gets the perfect amount of sun and shade there... LOL

my post about the china cabinet is a "sunday favorites" repost... originally posted in January... My OCD would never allow Christmas to be out in July... no way! LOL

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Oh, that flower from your passion vine is so beautiful! I don't think I've seen one in person! The color is just heavenly!
Thank you so much for advertising my little pillow on your blog!
I'm so glad you've come to visit and I will add your name to my giveaway. I do hope you'll come back sometimes and visit!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)