The Q&A Archives: Passion Vine

Question: How many kinds of passiflora (passion vine) are there? Which ones grow in North Carolina? Where can I get the plant? Does it grow in sun or shade?

Answer: There are about 400 subspecies of Passiflora identified but only about 35 that are commonly grown. Of those, only Passiflora alatocaerulea is root hardy in your gardening region. The plants will grow in full sun to part shade in deep, moist, well-draining soils with a pH level of 6.0 - 8.0. Soil that is too rich will produce abundant foliage and few blooms. You can find plants through Wilson Lawn & Garden, Highway 15-501 North, Chapel Hill. 919-942-3914

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