Maypops Aug 25, 2017 12:50:24 GMT -5
Post by walt on Aug 25, 2017 12:50:24 GMT -5
Yes. Like I need more work.
Some years back I bought 2 Passiflora incarnata, maypops, from Loggees. One was the regular blueish, the other was white. The white didn't do well and soon died. The blueish died later, after a couple years. Lack of water during vacation?
So 2 years ago, a friend bought a house a couple of blocks away. He was removing ornamental plants to save work and leave more time and space to play with his kids. Along with lilies, peonies, roses, and who knows what else that my wife brought home, there were maypop vines. These maypops took off and made themselves at home. They made no fruit, so I assumed they were all one seedling. They certainly do spread. They had grown under a 4 foot wide cement sidewalk and come out the other side. So they could have been all one seedling. But yesterday, this being after 4 years of so, and several divisions where I think I only moved a piece of one plant, I saw a couple of fruit. Closer looking showed me a total of 5 fruit, all close together on a big mess of vines. The rest of the mess of vines had no fruit, though there had been flowers all over it. The fruit look about 1/2 grown.
While writing the above, it occurred to me that while I am outside the known range of maypops, I have seen then wild along the Walnut River 150 miles southeast of here, They just might be wild along the Saline River about 1 mile from here. An insect or hummingbird might have pollinated it. I hadn't thought of that.
So anyway, I have been on the facebook passiflora group, mainly to admire the pictures. There are hybrids of many species, including P. incarnata with tropicals. Some are second generation hybrids. I wonder about asking them for pollen from those hybrids, to get more variation into the hardy passifloras. Not that I need more work.