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PlantFiles: Cottonleaf Passionflower, Passion Flower, Passion Vine, Passionvine
Passiflora foetida var. gossypifolia

Family: Passifloraceae (pas-ih-flor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Passiflora (pass-iff-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Species: foetida var. gossypifolia

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LindaTX8 On Jan 14, 2006, LindaTX8 from NE Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This seems to be somewhat of a passalong plant here in Texas. It's a passionflower vine, cold-hardy in my area, the above-ground parts dying back in winter and it starts growing again in spring. It's a host plant for the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. I have it on fences, but like many p-vines, it will eventually come up elsewhere than where the original plant was, sending out underground runners. The flowers on mine are light pinkish to lavender, the leaves and stems are hairy, it forms "fruit" which can turn red and flowers/fruits have these lacy bracts. The odor of the plant is most noticeable by the bracts. Many people say the odor is unpleasant but I don't think it's so bad at all.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Summerville, South Carolina
Helotes, Texas
Pleasanton, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Willis, Texas

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