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Passionflower

Scientific Name: Passiflora incarnata

Family: Passifloraceae

Height: 15 ft.

Spread: 15 ft.

Bloom Time: July – August

Native Range: Mid Atlantic and Southeastern United States, Pennsylvania

Ecological Value: Nectar source for butterflies and bees. Larval host for the variegated fritillary butterfly

Human Value: Native Americans used the Passionflower for food and medicine. Captain John Smith reported that it was grown for its fruit near Jamestown. The fruit can be eaten raw, juiced, or boiled to make syrup. Young shoots and leaves were eaten as greens.

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