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Corkystem Passionflower - Passiflora suberosa

Other common names for this plant include Indigo Berry and Devil's Pumpkin

 

  • Florida
  • Texas

In southern Florida, corkystem passionflower is a low growing vine that can be used in the garden as a low growing ground cover. The greenish yellow flowers are not dramatic and are followed by an edible dark purple berry.

Importance as a caterpillar food source in Florida: Favored by Gulf Fritillary, Julia Heliconian, and Zebra Heliconian caterpillars.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source in Florida: Zebra Heliconian use corkystem passionflower as a nectar source. Zebras also eat the pollen of passionflowers through which they acquire chemicals that make them toxic to certain predators.

The current rating for corkystem passionflower in Florida is:

Garden Rating
Nectar Rating
Caterpillar Rating
3
1
3

If you have experience growing corkystem passionflower, we would like your opinion. Let us know how it performed in your butterfly garden. Your comments will help other butterfly gardeners in your region to create better butterfly gardens:

 

Corkystem Passionflower Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
Root hardy to zone 8
Bloom Period
All year
Bloom Color
Greeenish yellow
Plant Height
Vine that is low growing
Plant Spread
Varies
Light Exposure
Full sun to light shade
Soil Moisture
Well drained; once established, is very drought tolerant
Animal/Disease Problems
Low tolerance for salt water but can tolerate salt wind

 

 

In southern Texas, corkystem passionflower's native habitats are resaca banks, palm groves, and thickets.

Importance as a caterpillar food source in Texas : Favored by Gulf Fritillary, Julia Heliconian, Mexican Silverspot and Zebra Heliconian caterpillars.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source in Texas and Arizona: Corkystem passionflower is only a fair nectar souce, its primary value in butterfly gardens is as a caterpillar food plant.

The current rating for corkystem passionflower in Texas is:

Garden Rating
Nectar Rating
Caterpillar Rating
3
1
3

If you have experience growing corkystem passionflower, we would like your opinion. Let us know how it performed in your butterfly garden. Your comments will help other butterfly gardeners in your region to create better butterfly gardens:

 

Corkystem Passionflower Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
Root hardy to zone 8
Bloom Period
All year
Bloom Color
Greeenish yellow
Plant Height
Vine that is low growing
Plant Spread
Varies
Light Exposure
Full sun to light shade
Soil Moisture
Well drained; once established, is very drought tolerant
Animal/Disease Problems
None

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Detail of native range for Corkystem Passionflower (Passiflora suberosa) in Florida

 

 


Detail of native range for Corkystem Passionflower (Passiflora suberosa) in Texas
 

 
 
     

 

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