Question: I live in Odessa, Texas. I just bought a Lavender Lady Passion Flower. The nursery really couldn't tell me for sure if a passion flower could live in our climate. A friend of mine says it can't live through the winter. The place I want to plant the passion flower is facing south in full sun. It will be protected from the north by a brick wall. I am hoping I can plant it outside but I could leave it in a container and bring it indoors if necessary.

I have seen this plant one other place in Odessa planted in a brick plant in front of a restaurant. Any information you can give me will be very much appreciated.

The container the plant was in said Monrovia so I took a chance a put the name in the computer. I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed going through your website! It is wonderful. Thank you for any help you can offer.

Answer: Passion flowers is not rated hardy in Odessa, but there are always exceptions to the rules. The plant you saw in front of the restaurant is probably in a protected place (called a microclimate) where temperatures are slightly warmer. Being in a brick planter helps the roots stay warm because the bricks absorb and radiate heat even when air temperatures are cool. You may have similar results in the site you describe which would protect the plant from cold north winds and the brick wall will absorb and radiate heat at night. I'd give it a try - the plant is definitely worth the effort!

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