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Maypop


The Maypop Passion Fruit (passiflora incarnata) is a native vine that inhabits sunny areas in all local soil types. It spreads underground and may appear where you had not planned for it to be. It emerges from underground in the spring and flowers with large ornate purple blossoms. The vines grow and produce better in some spots than in others. The difference may be soil quality or drainage.

P. incarnata is the host plant for the gulf fritillary butterfly. Their larvae may completely consume young, potted, or otherwise slow growing plants. Most wild vines grow quickly enough to compensate for the caterpillars.

The delicious fruits begin to mature in late July. Trellising will improve your ability to find the fruits, which fall off when ripe.

The passionflower is nature’s most beautiful – here are some more really fabulous photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yodaddy/815160262/ To eat, tear open the skin, suck out the innards and chew it all up. The taste is uniquely delicious and the seeds crunchy. You can cut them in half and scoop the pulp out into a fresh fruit salad.
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=maypop%20passion%20fruit

pdf – Maypop Passion Fruit Information Sheet (to print out)

23 comments to Maypop

  • MANON

    IF YOU WANT SOME FAST GROWING VINE WITH BEAUTIFUL COLORED FLOWERS TO COVER AN UGLY FENCE OR WALL….WELL THE MAYPOP WILL SURPRISE YOU AND BEFORE YOU KNOW YOU LOVE THAT “TAKING OVER” VINE.

  • luther

    I ate these maypop’s when I was a little boy growing up in the Carolina’s. Would love to get some seed to try and grow here in Texas.

  • Luther,
    I have many of them growing wild in my yard. Will be happy to share. Contact me through my website.

  • Steve

    They sure bring back memories of my childhood. We used to eat ‘em, stomp ‘em to hear them pop and loved to mash up the insides in water and add just a little sugar. Maypops are the essence of summer. A big wild vine full of maypops is one of ten years old most exciting summer discoveries.
    Minus a snake or an occasional wasp nest!

  • Maria

    They are a fast grower. I picked up a fruit and planted the whole in my yard…now they are taking over…they are nice plants.

  • Cat

    can anyone tell me how to make jelly of them,what do they look like ripe. Please email me if you can help. Cat

  • Cat

    Are these ok to use for herbal purpose? Like the purple passion flower????? Thank you Cat

  • ChayaMan

    In Brasil, we use these fruits to make juice – Maracuja. Mixed up light with sugar, it is a refreshing drink in hot weather. Mixed up thicker, it is a good remedy for insomnia; it puts one to sleep easily without making problems for awaking.

  • kim0307b

    eat the fruit of incarnata?

  • Nessa

    where can I get seeds for this flower?

  • Josie

    I live in the UK and I have one of these growing in my garden. It’s a complete mystery how it got there but the flowers are beautiful!

  • angel brown

    I want so so much to be able to eat-taste them again. I remeber them as a child looking for these wrinkle ,swiveled up yellowish, greenish things that us southern always knew as Maypops which now in my forties no one had no clue what I was saying cause for the first time I realized they where actually called passion fruit (boy did I really felt like a true Hillbilly!!! Where can I get I buy them in Tampa, FL area? I miss the memories! If I can’t buy them,, can Someone tell me how to grow them?? But if U have any I can buy,,please let me kno

  • Beverly Orio

    The leaves also make a very nice tea. And the tea is very good for insomnia, and safe even for babies. Many other medicinal benefits to the leaf.

  • Stephen

    Does anyone still have the seeds avalable?

  • Rachel

    I live in Northwest indiana. I had a maypop passion flower last year. I’m looking at replacing the one since it’s not regrowing this year. Any ideas of where to find would be very helpful. Tha ks in advance.

  • i’m so sorry we do not have maypop seeds for sale – they are available and i found some here! http://www.sandmountainherbs.com/passion_flower_american_maypop.html

  • Martin

    I moved to Georgia in late June. I noticed this vine by my barn and was concerned it might be toxic to my animals. I was very happy to find out it was a Maypop and am now enjoying the fruits. They vine is now appearing in numerous locations in the yard. I am going to try and save some seeds

  • Jennifer

    I am confused about a previous comment. Someone wrote it is fine to use “leaves” to make tea. Are the “leaves” the flower petals, or actual leaves from the plant?

  • the leaves are the actual leaves jennifer! not the flower petals

  • Mary

    When are the Maypops ripe to eat. My neighbors in Alabama all say that they ore poisonous? Or that they should be eaten a certain time of the year.

  • mark

    I had one of these randomly pop up last year beside my garage on the side that’s sunny in the morning but shaded in the evening. A little later in the season I noticed a small one had popped up near the corner where sun is in the evening. I never really knew what they where. I’ve lived in N.C. all my life and have never even heard of them. I noticed the flowers one day and fell in love. They’re so beautiful and unique looking. I pretty much left them laying on the ground and it done pretty well. But this year the one on the shady side never appeared but the one on the sunny side came right out from under the concrete near my garage door out of ole hard, red clay dirt. It kept getting bigger and bigger trying to go into my garage so I decided to bend it towards a trellis. It has since gotten taller than me and has taken over the trellis and heading back to the ground. It is full of huge beautiful flowers and fruit. I’m just now researching them, their benefits and how to eat them. My landlord told me that they where an aphrodisiac.. Any truth to this?

  • so say the herbalists mark – and researchers found that mounting behaviors in male mice increased significantly when passionflower extracts were administered: http://bit.ly/maypopinfo and http://bit.ly/maypopinfo2

  • when the fruits ripen will vary depending on which gardening zone you are in – check out this website for details and pics of ripe maypops
    green dean says they are categorically not poisonous – “websites have been proliferating the nonsense that Passiflora incarnata has cyanide in it. It categorically does not. The American Pharmaceutical Association Practical Guide to Natural Medicines by Andrea Peirce states: “Unlike other Passiflora species, … [the] Passionflower does not contain the poison cyanide, as some sources incorrectly suggest; they may have mistaken Passiflora incarnata for Passiflora caerulea, the ornamental blue passionflower that does contain this toxin.”
    http://www.eattheweeds.com/maypops-food-fun-medicine-2/

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