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Maypop passionfruit (Passiflora incarnata) is a wonderful native plant, commonly found in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Unlike most of its tropical cousins, its vines die back (senesce) to the ground every winter. It is most noted for its beautiful and beautifully scented flowers, and for its delicious fruit, but it is also commonly used as an ingredient in herbal tea or as an herbal supplement. It is widely believed effective as a medicine against anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Few people know that its leaves are also edible, and have a pleasant enough taste and texture for use in salads or cooked.
This project aims to identify and/or develop unique clones of maypop exceptionally suited for any of the uses listed above. Through a broad-based collaboration with growers, breeders, and herbalists, we seek to find maypops that are particularly productive of large, tasty, early-ripening fruit, or particularly tasty, tender leaves, or particularly potent herbal medicine. There's already a great diversity of maypops in existence, but very few named varieties/clones are available. This project will try to change that.
Volunteers will be asked to grow maypops from seed in search of new and interesting individual plants. Roots or shoots from plants of interest will ultimately be brought together for side-by-side comparison and possibly future breeding.
I have access to some maypops that are on their 3rd season from north Alabama. Are the seeds for purchase from the EFN from this project? They are currently out of stock.
I'm just joining this project in planning for the spring gardens but I don't see any seeds available. Do you anticipate having them available in the next season? I'm already growing Passiflora incarnata (PA native).
Hey plant friends, I've been trying to germinate passionflower seed for the first time this season and have not been very successful. I will explain things I've tried and maybe someone who has been successful can help me update my formula/share some tips. I am very excited to get to know this plant just can't seem to get it to germinate. I first tried passionfloria caerulea on 3/15 planting 9 in 4 in pots after soaking for 24 hr in water..after a month no sprouts. I then planted passionflora incarnata. I got these seeds from strictly medicinal seeds. I planted 14 seeds(4/15), some in 4 in pots and some in a smaller 6 pack. I had one thing sprout in the 6 pack but doesn't seem to be passionfloria incarnata. The leaves are single lobed and I'm unsure if it is a vine or not. I'm not sure if a weed seed fell into my start packs or what. It is not a weed I recognize. I am letting it grow out of curiosity. I then am on my third run of tries. This time I am trying many different methods. Starting 5/21, I soaked some seeds for 24 hrs, 48 hrs and one week and now planted out in 4in pots. No sprouts..yet. I am waiting for some more seeds from EFN for this project and would be curious how others would go about germination or any advice. I have a greenhouse these starts are in and I'm in Olympia wa zone 8! Thank you!
Besides Passiflora iridescence I'm growing Passiflora iridescence for a first season. I saw somewhere that this hybrid has incarnata in its heritage. According to https://www.brushwoodnursery.com/collections/passiflora/products/passif… it's hardy down to zone 7 (my zone) and was bred by Hal Love.