I have been familiar with Passiflora for many years, but only recognized it by its blooms. Well........this month at our country getaway cabin, I was walking around the perimeter fence and suddenly this beauty greeted at face height. Looking closer, I saw 6-7 more bloom pods just waiting to open up! I immediately thought the former owners must have planted this exotic plant. After all, she had planted pink azaleas, lantana, dwarf liriope and such. I Googled to find out the variety was passiflora incarnata and that these grow WILD in Texas. This one lives in dappled shade of hickory nut trees. There is only 1 bloom pod on it as of yesterday, but it seems a happy camper there. I shant disturb it again.
Funny aside story: 2 years ago when we bought this property, I went around hand pulling weeds and weedy vines out of the cyclone fencing. There were so many weeds growing all over the fencing it blocked view of the beautiful wildflower-covered pasture: wild monarda, jemson weed and I don't know what all (clearly, LOL) that it took me several hours. This five-leafed vine did not escape my wrath. I clearly didn't know what it was. I thought it might be some variety of wild virginia creeper, which colors nicely in the fall, but if it was, it would grow back in no time.
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