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Bird Wing Passionflower

Passiflora tenuiloba

Slender Lobe Passionflower

About This Plant

Sun or shade. This native vine has small green flowers with odd wing-like leaves. Uncommon in the nursery trade, it may volunteer in yards in San Antonio, particularly in drier northwest areas. Passionflower is the larval food source for the orange-and-black Gulf Fritillary butterfly. The caterpillars look spiky but are harmless – let them munch away on the leaves if you want beautiful orange butterflies in summer and fall.

Origins: Limestone and caliche soils of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico

Maintenance

None required; expect it to freeze back in winter.

A native passionflower with swallow-tailed leaves.

Min. Height: 1'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 1'

Max Width: 6 feet'

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