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Passiflora lutea

Yellow Passionflower

Scientific Name:

Passiflora lutea

Genus:

Passiflora

Species Epithet:

lutea

Common Name:

Yellow Passionflower

Plant Type

Herbaceous Vine

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Passifloraceae (Passionflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Woodlands, forests, thickets, maritime forests.” (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Vine in Bloom

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Paynter, Wilmington, July 2011

Close-up of Flower

One bee species, Anthemurgus passiflorae (the passionflower bee), is thought to feed only on Yellow Passionflower!

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Leaves

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Variegated Leaf

Some leaves can have beautiful silver markings.

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Berry

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Paynter, Wilmington, October 2011

Butterfly host plant

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar eats its way through the leaves of Yellow Passionflower. The butterflies are brilliant orange with silver spots beneath.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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