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Corkystem passionflower
Passiflora suberosa

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

General Landscape Uses: Informal groundcover or low-climbing vine.

Availability: Native plant nurseries. Available in Sanibel at the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (239-472-2329), in Parrish at Sweet Bay Nursery, LLC (941-776-0501), and in Boynton Beach at Native Choice Nursery (561-756-4370).

Description: Low climbing herbaceous vine with extremely variable leaves.

Dimensions: N/A; a vine with stems to 2 feet or more in length. Sometimes spreading horizontally and forming large open or dense patches.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Duval, Lake and Dixie counties; West Indies, Texas, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Moist forests and pinelands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade to full sun.

Flower Color: Greenish to yellowish.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy but small. Petals are absent.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Purple-black globose berry. Edible.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), julia (Dryas iulia) and zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed. Smash mature fruit on paper towel or place in blender with water and grind just enough to break up the berries; strain and place on paper towel. When dry, scrape seed onto surface of soil. Do not cover. Place containter in light shade.

Comments: One of the best larval host plants for butterflies.

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Rosimar Rivera, 2015

Copyright by: Erin Backus

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
Seedling in habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

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