id this very unusual flower

nyphrodel(9 Florida)February 5, 2013

Knowing my love for plants and flowers, my husband is always on the lookout for something new and unusual to bring home to me. In my opinion, this time he hit the jackpot! In one of his customer's back yards, he found these lovely flowers. They did not survive long at all once they were picked. It's been awhile now, so he can't remember which customer it was so I can't get any info on this plant. He doesn't remember what the plant itself looked like, so I don't have any additional information to give, except I live in Florida and that's where it was growing. Is anyone out there familiar with this incredible specimen?

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nyphrodel(9 Florida)

Here is a shot of the only two flowers I've ever seen

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 3:25AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Passion flower (passiflora). Possibly Passiflora incense?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 3:52AM
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TulsaRose, Tulsa OK(7a)

From Wikipedia:

Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the namesakes of the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous.

Here is a link that might be useful: For your viewing pleasure :-)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:18AM
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kaliaman

not only is passionflower beautiful it is good herbal medicine! cultivated varieties come in a range of colors too.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 11:41AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Host plants for gulf fritillary butterfly caterpillars.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:33PM
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elaineal(z8AL)

This one looks like the common passion vine we call Maypop. It grows wild along fence rows. The fruit can be eaten when it turns yellow.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:55PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

If it is Maypop, that would make it Passiflora incarnata. Which is what it looks like to me.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 3:24PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX(8b)

The Passion Flower story is very interesting, here's a link to it, and the descriptions of the parts and their meaning.

Here is a link that might be useful: passion flower story

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 3:15AM
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eahamel(9a)

You can grow it from cuttings, and it puts out runners that grow in other parts of the yard, so maybe he could get cuttings from the customer, or dig up one that's come up from the runners. The Gulf fritillary butterfly eats the leaves, so that would be a bonus.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gulf Flitillary Butterfly

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:51AM
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nyphrodel(9 Florida)

I want to thank you all for the help. Of course it's a passion flower! I can't believe I missed that one - duh! You know, I just started getting back into plants after about a 25 year hiatus, so I'm a little rusty. Working, raising children and that thing called living life just took precedence. Thanks to this wonderful web site, I am able to enjoy my plants instead of struggling because of lack of knowledge. Thank you to all that share their knowledge and expertise with amateurs like me :-)

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 6:36PM
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bulldinkie(pa)

I have one very prolific grower,also can get fruit.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 11:59PM
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Leafhead

Also the host plant to the Zebra Longwing Butterfly

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:11AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

I also think it's Passiflora 'Incense'.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 7:56PM
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