Passiflora incarnata L. (Passifloraceae)

Common Names
Maypop passionflower, apricot vine, maypop, maypop herb, passionflower, passion vine.

A vine that grows to 25 feet in height. Leaves are alternate, composed of 3—or rarely 5—finely toothed oval lobes. Flowers are large, flesh-colored, 2 inches across, with pink or purple corona. The fruit, which is 2 to 3 inches long, is smooth, yellow, and ovate.

Flowering Period
May to July.

Thickets, fence lines, edge of woods, and wastelands.

Herbs, leaves, roots, flowering tops, and fruit during summer.

This plant has been used as an antispasmodic, sedative, and a treatment for neuralgia and epilepsy. Also, the drug has been used to reduce blood pressure and to increase the rate of respiration. It is also reputed to be an aphrodisiac, particularly for elderly men. In Bermuda, the vine is used as a perfume base.

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