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Ah, the passionflower…

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

What’s more freakish and fabulous than a passionflower bloom (Passiflora spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 6-11)? They come in a bizillion colors and sizes, bloom all summer, and if you live in a warm enough climate, might even give you something to eat! Here’s a particularly stunning specimen in the conservatory at Wave Hill in the Bronx, New York. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a tag, but if you feel a sudden urge to own a passionflower, check out the selection over at Logee’s.

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. kbaumle 12/03/2010

    I love my own passion flower, 'Clear Sky'. Yours is just as beautiful. Possibly 'Lady Margaret'. I'd love to have a red one like that!

  2. jewjew 12/03/2010

    This is the most beautiful flower..thanks for sharing !!!!

  3. 77355 12/03/2010

    We LOVE them, too. Along the perimeter of our lot, we have a rough-hewn timber fencelinewhere I've planted purple Porterweed and Lady Margaret passionvines. Gulf frittilary butterflies lay eggs and feed on the passionvine then feed on the Porterweed blooms after becoming butterflies.
    I looked up this flower on and it appears to be an lalata Ruby Glow.

    I also use Margarita sweet potato vine as unifying groundcover in several beds across the front yard. Yellow Sulphurs lay their eggs/feed on it then feast on the Porterweed, too.

  4. sheilaschultz 12/03/2010

    Passionflowers are so gorgeous they don't look real. 77355, Your lot sounds spectacular, must be nirvana for the butterflies.

  5. StoneArt 12/06/2010

    I do love passion flowers, such an alien looking flower. I also love the sculptural quality of it. Have you ever seen this fantastic sculpture of a passion flower by artist Ruth Moilliet.

    A truly fantastic sculpture, of a truly fantastic flower.

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