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Arizona Passion Vine

Passiflora arizonica

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Vine, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies (a larval source for gulf fritillary butterflies)
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
10' × 10'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season June-October
Flower Color Blue, white
Minimum Temperature Range root hardy to 20's
Leaf Description Gland dotted leaves with 3-5 lobes and serrations on the margins.
Fruit A small green fruit
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Elevation Range 3500-5500 ft.
Description Arizona Passion vine is a member of the well loved genus seen typically in the form of favored fruiting species such as P. edulis. Our native species also produces a distinctive blue and white flower with ten petals, and a small fruit which is tart but tasty. This plant is fairly rare in Arizona, found only in a few mountains in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. In lower elevation gardens, give this species good shade, and plant on a well draining soil. In habitat this species is typically found on rocky outcroppings and canyon walls. At higher elevations this plant may be more sun tolerant. We do have other native passionvines, P. mexicana, and P. bryonoides, which are both great in their own right, but the Passiflora with the highest landscape appeal and functionality is P. arizonica.