Wild Pumpkin; Corky Stem Vine; Inkvine/Passiflora cuprea
Long tendrils that can cover a large pergola
Evergreen vine with blue/green foliage
Large three-inch red flowers; the large seeds will turn purple
Good, loamy soil
Sun to part-shade
None – I would not put this vine in a windy or salt spray situation
Host and nectar plant for endemic butterfly Dryas iulia zoe/Julia, Flambeau
Passiflora has a largely neo-tropic distribution. The vast majority of Passiflora are found in Mexico, Central and South America, Jamaica and parts of Cuba.
This perennial vine is quite showy when in bloom; it will send tendrils to climb onto a trellis or tree. As it is a host plant for butterflies, it will periodically be eaten by young caterpillars, but it grows new leaves soon after.
Horticulture potential: This lovely vine would beautify an archway or pergola. It is easy to grow with very little care and no diseases are associated with this plant.
Mercille has called Grand Cayman home since 1997 and she has a keen interest in local flora. She is curator for the National Trust Herbarium and has created an online database for public viewing of the physical herbarium.
She is also webmaster for www.caymanflora.org and owns Caribbean Blooms – a native plant nursery.
She is an avid gardener and member of the Garden Club of Grand Cayman.