Solved – this is Passiflora lutea!
Perhaps some of my taxonomically astute readers can ID this species:
Is this Passiflora lutea? I found it in an empty lot while on a walk and took some photos. I had no idea what it was, but some Google searching makes me think it may indeed be the “yellow passionflower.”
I think I may need to save one for my yard.
UPDATE: This plant is indeed Passiflora lutea – thank you all for the plant ID help!
NOTE: Passionflower vines are host plants for butterflies and also fill in a niche as a native plant. Though we may not know all they’re good for, they’re in the ecosystem for a reason. The woods around here have Passiflora incarnata but this is the first I’ve seen of this species.
You are correct. An excellent butterfly plant. One of the larval foods for longwings, Zebra and Julia.
Very cool – thank you. Under the link you posted, I found a good picture here:
Definitely the same plant. I figured there would be someone reading with mad plant skillz… and you're the guy.
These guise have teeny tiny flowers, the deer eat the leaves, and they tend to send out plenny of stolons… while the tiny fruit is said to be edible… not sure I'd be growing them for food…
So… have a wild area where you can turn these babies loose? They may already be there…
Great pictures! And yeah – they're not much of a food plant from what I've read elsewhere. However, I am a sucker for interesting wild species… the more diversity I can get in my food forest, the better. Basically, my front yard is my "wild area."
BTW – your own blog is excellent. I'm going to link it on my sidebar.
I think your blog is cool beans too!
You can get away with a wild area in the front yard?
you know… people are being threatened with jail time for growing veggies nstead of turf…
Yeah – the legal fights are amazing. If you search this blog for the "Helvenston" posts, you'll see an interview I did with the "illegal" gardeners in Orlando, among other posts.
I lived in suburbia for a long time. No more. I bought ag land on purpose this time. I'll never, ever go back to the city again. There are basically no restrictions here on grass length, ag buildings, livestock, etc. It's paradise.
I shoulda checked yer blog for "Helvenston" …
I started an update mentioning them, but got too carried away with how I felt about all this junk, and figgered I'd better not post…
Nice of them to participate in the video interview….
A half hour seemed a bit long to someone used to the short clips from the network news… the only way I can think of fixing it would be to go out in person and follow them around their yard with the camera… When are you gonna do that?
I joined their patriot gardens group (when they started it), visited their site… but they don't post any pictures on their site or their blog! 🙁
I guess that a small yard does limit your photography…
Yeah – a half-hour is long. People like quick clips, generally. However, I was really interested in getting an idea of what they thought and felt. I had seen the tiny little bits and pieces in the news and thought… man, I want to talk to them. So I called and set up an interview – they were really cool about taking the time to share.
Checking out their yard would be really cool. One of these days I may make it down there.