Grow Passionvine as a Host Plant for Butterflies 

Passionvine, often called passionflower or Passiflora, attracts butterflies to gardens. Steps to grow passionvine as a butterfly host

Many passionvine species attract butterflies, but some more than others. Butterfly host plants include Passiflora incarnata (purple passionflower) and Passiflora lutea (yellow passionflower).  

Choose the Right Variety  

Passionvine likes well-draining soil and full sun. Choose an area of your garden with at least 6 hours of sunlight.  

Choose a Good Place  

Passionvine should be planted in spring following frost. Create a hole twice the plant's root ball width and depth. Plant in hole and backfill with dirt, pressing down gently to remove air pockets. Thoroughly water after planting.  


Passionvine needs support to climb. The vine can climb a trellis, arbor, or fence.  


During the plant's initial growing season, keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Mulching around the plant base retains moisture and suppresses weeds. Control vine growth and shape via pruning.  

Watering and Care  

After your passionvine grows, butterflies will lay their eggs there. Passionvine leaves nourish Gulf Fritillary and Zebra Longwing caterpillars.  

Butterfly Attraction  

Enjoy watching butterflies deposit eggs on your passionvine. You'll also see butterflies hatch into caterpillars, pupate, and become adults.  



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