Passiflora Species, Passion Vine, Wild Yellow Passion Flower

Passiflora lutea

Family: Passifloraceae (pas-ih-flor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Passiflora (pass-iff-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Species: lutea (LOO-tee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Passiflora lutea var. glabriflora
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Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Pale Green


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Cullman, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Blytheville, Arkansas

Evening Shade, Arkansas

Bartow, Florida

Ellenton, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Plant City, Florida

Sebastian, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Seffner, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky

Richmond, Kentucky

Lonaconing, Maryland

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Eupora, Mississippi

Rochester, New York

Dudley, North Carolina

Durham, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Manteo, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Salter Path, North Carolina

Statesville, North Carolina

Pocola, Oklahoma

Charleston, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Kingsport, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas

Willis, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 20, 2016, girasole from Lexington, KY wrote:

We live on a hill above a lake in Kentucky (6b) with a lot of ambitious vines vying for supremacy. This extraordinarily dainty plant manages to hold the same space every year but is not ill-mannered. It is easily overlooked, but is entirely beautiful in graceful miniature daintiness, with impossibly fine, expressive tendrils. The leaves are clean, bright green, striking in distinctive triumvirate lobes, and while inconspicuous the flowers, neatly standing out on strong threadlike stems perfectly spaced along the vine, are surprising upon discovery. I find it strange that no one has noted the overall elegant, cursive growth habit of this fairy plant. It may very well be problematic in a cultivated spot, but slipping up into its customary station on the deck rail where one happens upon it, i... read more


On Jun 3, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Self-sows around, and has a deep root/rhizome. Flower is very small, I don't find this species especially ornamental, and it's gotten weedy here. I'm finding the only way to get rid of it is with herbicide.

Perfectly hardy here in Z6a. Generally rated hardy to Z5.

I'm posting a pic showing the extensive roots radiating from a single stem.


On Apr 26, 2015, the4ager from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is not exactly pretty, but it has cute little flowers and is very good to add to a butterfly garden because it is a host plant for the gulf fritillary butterfly.


On Nov 11, 2013, Heeve from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

While it grows like wildfire here in 10b and fruits just as aggressively, it has little cosmetic appeal to me. The flowers are small and nearly unnoticeable. The fruits are very abundant however and while edible, not very tasty. The berries have been used to make ink in the past and works very well in doing so as noted by trying to clean our daughters hands after grabbing a handful :) .

The best I can add about this particular passion flower is that the Zebra Longwings LOVE them and flock to it by the dozens. It also makes a great trellis covering but there are far more appealing passionflower and other plant vines for that.


On Nov 2, 2011, Balindaka from Melbourne, FL wrote:

I live in Melbourne Florida and have this dainty yellow passionvine growing wild all over my yard. However the zebra longwings and the gulf frits seem to ignore it. The zebras will touch down lightly on the leaves to test the plant and then move on. They really seem to prefere the Passiflora Incarnata that I also have growing wild all over my yard. I wish they would be more interested in the native passionvine as it is more hardy than the other variety. Maybe if the other one was not so abundant they would take advantage of the native variety. I have one yellow passionvine in a hanging pot on my pool deck and it is really very pretty and an aggressive grower in the ground.


On Sep 9, 2011, TnWren from Evening Shade, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:

We bought our raw/undeveloped land (foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks) in the summer 0f '09 and moved onto it in September of that year. Unknowingly, until this summer, I have been keeping my eye on this plant because the unique, lightly variegated leaves caught my attention. I found my first flower about 3 weeks ago and finally made a positive ID today.
The plants that are growing wild here are in very rocky, acidic soil and receive partial sun. They appear to be rather resilient in drought conditions as we've had a very dry summer with temps above 100F since late spring. It has survived our hot, dry conditions much better than the wild Passiflora incarnata, which died back when it got so hot.
They are growing right around flower beds that I've established since moving her... read more


On Jun 1, 2010, Melarosa from Sebastian, FL wrote:

Found a volunteer of this Passiflora variety coming up in a stand of Confederate Jasmine along an east facing wall. It has been blooming since April. Small insignificant blooms about 1/2 inch in diameter. The fruit is ripening now in numbers along the vine. Deep purple fruit also about 1/4 - 1/2 inch in diameter. I am training the vine up the wall as I find it more delicate in appearance than the cultivated Passiflora vine and also find it a conversation piece as one has to really look for the flowers. When the flowers are discovered they have the same intricate components as the larger flowers and are like tiny jewels. Will be trying to propogate the vine from seed this summer.
Vero Beach, FL


On Aug 6, 2009, calopogon from Cambridge, MA wrote:

This species grows well in full sun to part-shade in Rochester, NY, and Cambridge, MA (both USDA zone 6a), where they can get quite large and form a dense wall of leaves. Some years all of the leaves will turn bright yellow all at once in the fall. It has rhizomes but does not spread widely like the weedy Passiflora incarnata. If this species does so well in zone 6a then it would probably do fine in zone 5 as well.


On Apr 30, 2009, redcamaro350ss from Statesville, NC wrote:

This plant is native to a large range in the US. I think this plant should be grown more often but it definitely isn't for everyone. In North Carolina they tend to stay small compared to our other passiflora (Passiflora incarnata). If you expect large showy flowers typical of this genus then you should not plant this. The flowers are very small (around nickel size) and do not particularly stand out. Leaves have a great coloration and are usually slightly variegated. They tend to have a short life span, typically lasting three to four years in captivity. I have seen vines in the wild come back for longer than that but rarely have them last that long in the garden setting. This is a host to the Gulf Fritillary. There is also a bee species (Anthemurgus passiflorae) that only uses this plant ... read more


On Jan 24, 2008, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Passiflora lutea is actually the hardiest of all passiflora species. It is probably a zone 5 plant. It is native to the Southeast, ranging from the coasts north to Pennsylvania and Ohio and west to Kansas.


On May 14, 2007, plantsman1957 from Kingsport, TN wrote:

Having never seen this plant before in my area of Northeast Tennessee, it took some time to finally identify it. It started as a single vine that sprouted mysteriously out of a dying Japanese Yew that was planted in my yard four years ago. I suspect it was the result of a bird dropping from a fruit that was eaten in another area. The vine only wanted to grow vertically with a peculiar nodding habit. It eventually took over the dying yew and in each subsequent year has sprouted more and more shoots from an obviously stoloniferous habit.

This year it has sprouted more than thirty vines in an area of approximately six square feet. They stand about three feet vertically above the yew bush and will probably start falling over soon and blanketing the bushes. They draw mu... read more


On Aug 13, 2005, Ladyborg from Magnolia, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Found growing wild north of Houston, TX. Pretty flowers, with interestingly shaped (almost grape-like) leaves.


On Jun 4, 2004, easter794 from Seffner, FL wrote:

I found this growing under one of my oak trees. I found it because the Zebra long-winged butterfly was fluttering all around. With the help of a friend, we found the base of it and wound it around 2 small oak tree that were growing. I bent them over and tied to make a trellis. I looks real nice and full this year. I have my children (homeschool) study the butterfly cycle from laying eggs, to caterpillar to butterflies. I have some great pictures of the butterflies mating while in the chrysalis. It flowers regularly and produces green grape-like fruit which turns purple when ripe. Easy to grow from seed. Birds and squirrels must like the seed because they disappear quickly off the plant.


On Jun 4, 2004, cherishlife from Pocola, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

We have just found this plant in my mother's yard alongside a fence in the shade. It took me forever to identify it. I think it is beautiful but don't want to encourage it if it is an obnoxious weed. It doesn't seem to be aggresive......yet.


On Aug 31, 2003, jrozier from Charleston, SC wrote:

This plant is weedy, but interesting. The blooms are tiny and greenish colored, but have a slight sweet fragrance. I wouldn't plant it, but I enjoy it when it volunteers. (The bloom is about the size of a quarter, or smaller)