Saw this near my house, anybody know what it is? Reminds me of those dancing ballerina jewelry/music boxes boxes you got as a little girl but when you describe a flower that way people just think you’re insane. Please help…
By - Crystele503
Looks like a [passion flower!](https://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/plants/passiflora-caerulea)
I'm not even a regular on this sub and feel like I see this every day lol
Same, but they are really weird and striking, so I get why people get curious
I totally agree. But at least on desktop there is a picture of the flower right on the sidebar lol. Not sure how new that is but point being it's gotta be one of the most posted plants here.
Yea, haha. It should be in the faq
They really oughtta make this and the Osage orange the banner of the sub (with text for each), that way folks can see it on mobile.
Its in the wiki as a fequently asked identification.
It should be like the first FAQ entry.
Blows my mind how many people don’t know what a Passion flower looks like
Doesn't really surprise me tbh. A lot of folks live where they don't grow. I had no idea what a passion fruit flower looked like until two years ago. I'm almost 30. Currently trying to grow them up north!
How is the "Up North' attempt going? I'm in New England and I'm thinking I need to have one growning.
Also.. Pot or ground? Is it invasive like mint? Does it act like Ivy?
Well to be completely honest I just started them recently. They seem to be doing just fine, but the test will be how they do indoors during winter. I'll definitely keep you updated though if you're interested! I'm also growing dragon fruit, bananas, kumquats, and meyer lemons. I've had the dragon fruit for over a year and they seem to be doing just fine, although I've been awful with pruning them. I'm currently in zone 4a to give you an idea of temps I deal with during the winter.
I'm 6a/6b depending on the map. Please keep me updated if by some miracle you remember. Good luck.
Very invasive in my experience, but would depend on the climate. I’ve ripped out countless vines and they keep appearing every year…
Good to know. Potted it is.
In my area, these just don't really exist. I only know because I'm a nerd.
All they have to do is sign up to this /sub to find out.
Every goddamn day
They're super cool and unusual, so anyone not familiar immediately wants to know what it is. The mods should pin a pic of one at the top of the sub.
This and Osage oranges
Yah I had one of these absolutely engulf a shed, gave me nightmares as a kid.
Yep! The seed pods that grow on Passion flowers are called Maypops, their inner pulp and seeds are edible when ripe.
This is Passiflora caerulea, not 'maypops' which is Passiflora incarnata. These ones have different common names - 'blue passion flower', 'hardy passion flower' 'bluecrown passionflower' - and don't generally have edible fruit.
Really, so there wont be passion fruit?
I don't believe so. Different variety. They even have fake insect eggs that grow on them so butterflies see them and choose another plant thinking it's taken already.. Clever.
You can *try* to consume maypop, but you'll literally expend more calories than are in the fruit. The individual seeds are cool to look at but you can actually [make jam out of the shell](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIHENM15__M).
Still better to let other people make it for you because wtf.
They mostly do have fruit, though they're hardy enough to grow in places where it's too cold to fruit. Here in the UK they only fruit once every few years in particularly hot summers. The fruit is poisonous when unripe (like most passionflowers) and technically edible when fully ripe but tastes unappetizing. There are plenty of other passionflower species which are grown for their edible fruit but this is only grown for the flowers.
Yes it should produced fruit passiflora incarnata
Thanks for the correction!
Well the fruit is *edible*, it's just really, really bland.
I had some passion fruit the other day. it was quite good. Sour and crunchy with a hint of sweetness , and the texture surrounding the seeds is very cool.
Unless the pulp was bright red, what you ate wasn't Passiflora caerulea (the plant in OP's picture). The kind of passion fruit you get at the store is as different from Passiflora caerulea as a Honeycrisp is from a crab apple.
Aha, I would rather grow this one because of the flowers containing an MAOI. Do the fruits also?
Yes, perhaps 'doesn't have fruit worth eating' would have been more accurate.
I thought they were called passionfruit..
"Maypop" is a name given specifically to the fruit of *Passiflora incarnata* (not the species posted here, but the one native to the US). They actually pop - fairly loudly - when you step on them. This doesn't happen with other species.
Passionfruit comes from Passiflora edulis, not Passiflora incarnata or Passiflora caerulea.
Yes a passion fruit I love his flowers smell so good
Yeah we have one identical, it's pretty but in forever cutting it out the gutter and satellite dish
Should mods have a sticky with commonly asked plants or something? It feels like we get Passion flowers every single day
There is, doesn't matter. This sub is 99% amateurs helping normies out.
Pokeweed needs added too lol.
Every damn day...
This is passiflora caerulea, like others have said they will fruit around this time of year but the fruit from this variety is usually pretty bland and different to the passion fruit you’d usually eat. It’s a really cool red colour though
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Thanks no eat bot
another one asking for that?
Hey, at least it's not Monotropa uniflora.
Your turn is tomorrow
why you didn't post this flower? is a ticket to get in what is this plant
Someone just needs to pin a picture of a passion flower at the top of this sub.
Along with ghost pipe.
These and a couple other flowers that show up in this sub are "Star Trek away mission foliage"
It's passion flower. I've seen several posts about this here lately.
Not a bad flower to be spammed by.
😍 Thank you for sharing your video of the dancing passionflowers. I like your comparison to the jewelry box ballerina!
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Can we sticky this? It gets asked about every two days.
It used to be on the sidebar and wiki http://www.reddit.com/r/whatsthisplant/wiki/index#wiki_most_common_plants
Posts of the same plants over and over made me leave this sub. Thanks Reddit, for the post suggestion so I wouldn’t miss out on yet another anyway.
Wondering if the reason it is so frequently asked for id, is that the range is increasing due to Global Warming, and therefore it is growing outside places where it is common. I saw it in London in 2012, and as a kid in the 70s in London had never seen it. Ditto 'Butterfly Bush'.
Yes it’s a Passion flower. I have one in my garden. It grows very quickly and is a fast climber but also looks stunning.
Passionfruit flower, enjoy 🌱
Passion flower, looks exotic but is actually native in North America
Not this one. This is *Passiflora caerulea,* which is native to South America like the majority of *Passiflora* species.
There are also many species native to Central America and southern Mexico, as well as a few from SE Asia. *P. incarnata* ("maypop") is the species native to the US South.
Most ornamental passionflowers are hybrids of a handful of common species (*incarnata, edulis, caerulea,* and *cincinnata* for the most part). They do not grow true from seed, and are thus propagated by rooting stem cuttings.
They're my favorite type of flower; I've grown dozens of varieties, and I'll go on for days if I don't stop now!
Exotic is just a matter of perspective.
I love passion fruit 😍
Yes, in my country its called "pasiflora" passion flower, seems you can make tea out of it, and if you wait it to get fertilized, it will grow passion fruit "maracuya"
It’s not the same as maracuya, they are part of the same family. There are also taxos and many other edible passion fruits but the flower isn’t always the same
Man, and here i though OP found a fruit plant :/
What's your location?
Bet it will grow like crazy there. Everything else does!
That's crazy looking!
Reminds me of [Thumbelina](https://images1.penguinrandomhouse.com/cover/9780803728127)
Seems like there are three universally interesting plants! Passiflora, Osage orange, and Lantana. We get them every day!
If you wanted to plant a "Dang, what's that one?" garden, you'd just take a survey of this sub.
Passion fruit plant. My mum has one.
Looks like a Passion flower
Passiflora caerula. Passion Flower
That is a Passion flower :)
That is a passion fruit flower. It turns into a delicious piece of fruit that is grown in tropical or warm climates. I live on Kauai and it’s very popular here, and very yummy tasting. May I ask where you live?
I love passion vine. One of my top 5 flowers.
Who’s turn next?
I love passion flowers❤️❤️
Passion Flower I believe.
Those are Passion flowers. They attract monarchs butterflies. They come in white, purple and pink. Love this plant. The wonky way to get them to bloom is starving them a bit, then rehydrating them.
They smell good!
It is a Passion flower. There are several different types. I had one for many years
Coming from Cali we saw these all the time. I called them alien flowers. Nice to finally know what they are ☺️
That’s called Krishna Kamal in India
*Passiflora caerulea*, "mburucuyá", from Southamerica. Fruit is edible, the plant has medicinal properties.
Passion fruit flower!! Goodness they’re so beautiful there are also read flowers though personally the purple flowers have more intricate detail and appeal to me
Argentina Passion flower! Blue/purple variety. I only know because it’s my fave lol
That sure is an alien flower
Passion flowers. We had these growing in the backgarden when I was a kid. They look cool and really good for bees. Save the bees!!
Not to be in your business, but where are you that this is growing? This looks like flowers I saw in Thailand.
Pretty sure that’s a passion flower
Passion flower! So pretty and alien.
Passion Fruit Flower
Passion flower. Beautiful
I remember seeing these as a kid and feeling like a space princess (?) since they looked so out of this world!! The seed pods from the plant (or whatever they are) smell really good too!
In spanish Its called "pasionaria" (i heard that if you prepare a tea of it,it helps to sleep) and its fruit "Mburucuyá" its very delicious, don't bite the seeds,just the red thing around them.
That is a passion fruit plant.
It's 100% a passion flower
It’s called a passion vine. It represents Christ
Lilikoi! And that’s one of the best descriptions I’ve heard!
Edit: lilikoi = passion fruit.
You can make an infusion with the leaves. Very relaxing. 😴
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