Maypop (Passiflora incarnata L.)



The Passiflora incarnata, also known as the Maypop, is a species of passionflower native to North America. The Maypop is a vine that can grow up to 10 feet in length and has large, showy flowers. The fruit of the Maypop is an edible berry that is used in pies, jams, and jellies. The Maypop is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

The Passion Fruit 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.

Nutrition value per 100 g

– Energy: 347 kJ (83 kcal)

– Carbohydrates: 18.9 g

– Sugar: 11.7 g

– Dietary fiber: 3.3 g

– Fat: 0.7 g

– Protein: 1.4 g

Vitamins and minerals

– Vitamin C: 54 mg (67%)

– Vitamin A equiv.: 93 mg (11%)

– Potassium: 236 mg (5%)

– Calcium: 23 mg (2%)

The Maypop is a perennial plant that is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. The Maypop can be propagated by seed or cuttings. Maypops are generally pest and disease free, but the vine can be susceptible to root rot if the soil is too wet.

The Maypop is the state flower of Louisiana.

The Maypop is also the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary butterfly.


The passionflower is nature’s most beautiful. To eat, tear open the skin, suck out the innards and chew it all up. The taste is uniquely delicious and the seeds are crunchy. You can cut them in half and scoop the pulp out into a fresh fruit salad.

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