Passiflora suberosa

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Corkystem Passion-flower


Plant Specifics

Size:To about 15 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,green
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms late spring to summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Grow on a trellis or let climb a tree. Can also be used as a groundcover. Flowers are small but attractive. Blooms all year. Grown primarily as a larval host plant.
Propagation:Seed (slow to sprout) and root division.
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Circum-neutral to calcareous.



Animals eat the fruits.


Larval host for Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia) and Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charitonius) butterflies.

Pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Pinelands, hammocks, shell middens.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruits said to be edible.
General Comments:In some parts of the world, this is an invasive species. In Florida, it is well behaved.