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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nature Journal: Maypops

Passiflora incarnata

The little green pod is a fruit

The vine stretches along the ground and up a
neighboring plant.

The flowers look like they belong in a rain forest,
 but the blooms don't last long.

   Near our garden is a maypop plant growing wild.  My mom told me what it was and said to tell the guys to keep the weedwacker away from it.  We noticed right away that the bees love the maypop flowers, and they were seriously hard at work.  The fruit of the maypop passionflower is edible, resembling the flavor of guava, and  it is similar to the passionfruit used to flavor Hawaiin Punch but is hard to harvest because critters usually snag the fruits as soon as they get ripe enough to eat.  The plant is also a larval plant for Zebra longwing, Julia, and Gulf fritillary butterflies. 

1 comment :

Mama Pea Pod said...

We found some beautiful ones in Croatia, too. Aren't they interesting? They really do look very exotic, and 'ours' were also very popular with the bees. I had to look them up to find out what they were, as I'd never seen any like them before.