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Maypop

Passiflora incarnata L.

Maypop
Figure 77.—Maypop (Passiflora incarnata)
Other common names.—Passionflower, passion vine

Habitat and range.—This species of maypop grows in dry 60;1 or thickets from Virginia to Missouri and south to Florida and Texas.

Description.—This plant is a smooth vine with finely hairy stems climbing to a height of 10 to 30 feet. Its smooth or somewhat hairy leaves, 3 to 5 inches broad, consist of three oval or egg-shaped lobes with finely toothed margins. The flowers, which appear from May to July, are solitary and are characterized by a lavender and purple or pink and purple fringe 1 1/2 to 2 inches broad. The plant produces smooth, yellow, many-seeded, edible fruit almost 2 inches long, called maypops.

Part used.—The herb.


Sievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.
Last update Friday, April 3, 1998 by aw