Passiflora Species, Running Pop, Love-In-A-Mist, Stinking Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora foetida

Family: Passifloraceae (pas-ih-flor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Passiflora (pass-iff-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Species: foetida (FET-uh-duh) (Info)
Synonym:Passiflora balansae
Synonym:Passiflora baraquiniana
Synonym:Passiflora nigelliflora
Synonym:Passiflora polyadena
Synonym:Passiflora variegata
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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


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


Glendale, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Brooker, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Cincinnati, Ohio

Lafayette, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas (3 reports)

College Station, Texas (2 reports)

Pasadena, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Rosenberg, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Santa Fe, Texas

Spring, Texas

Victoria, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 3, 2012, schapman15 from Palm Bay, FL wrote:

I have it on both ends of the fence and just let it go along with the other passions and dutchman pipe. don't notice a smell just love the blooms.


On Aug 29, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This beautiful plant is covering an entire wall with great flowers and leaves. No odor noted at all. We have collected seeds and hope to start a few more plants.


On Oct 27, 2004, cledith04 from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

It does not stink here!!! I have grown this in San Antonio, TX for years and flower has on odor to faint pleasant smell!!! --- I also grow Blue Passion Flowers and they DO STINK MILDLY, but are worth it.
According to the Wildflower Handbook of Texas it is called "balsum apple" and native to Big Thicket Nature Preserve in E. Texas.


On Jun 28, 2002, marianryan wrote:

This plant behaves invasively in central Florida sending runners everywhere....and it does stink!