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Early Spring in north-east Downunder: Passiflora foetida (Stinking Passionfruit)


By Bernieh

Early Spring in north-east Downunder: Passiflora foetida (Stinking Passionfruit) (Passiflora foetida)

This is the flower of what is considered an invasive environmental weed in my part of Oz. This vine pops up in lots of places around my place and whilst I try to remove it whenever I spot it, it continues to thrive in places I just can't reach!!

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well sure is an attractive weed anyways

17 Sep, 2010


I planted one last year and thought I`d lost it last winter, pleased to say it has returned although hasn`t had any flowers yet, obviously too late this year but I am hoping its stronger now so perhaps I`ll be lucky next year. .....

17 Sep, 2010


does it really smell bad though?

17 Sep, 2010


I like the bit in brackets 'stinking' lol. You're right when you say 'weed' i keep wishing mine would slow down, no such luck though. Thought I'd lost it last winter, but again, no such luck Lol. I refer to mine as 'My dreaded weed' Lol. I did a blog on mine a couple of weeks ago for Sanbaz to see just how invasive they can be.

17 Sep, 2010


someone gave me a cutting of it, I have 2 stems in water...not something I can leave outdoors in the winter. that's why I wondered if it did smell

17 Sep, 2010


Yes ... the whole plant does have a rather unpleasant smell. The flower also contains cyanic acid which can be poisonous for people. This plant is also very very invasive here ... all these things contribute to the common name for this one!

17 Sep, 2010


this is lovely Bernieh

18 Sep, 2010


Hi Sixpence ... I thought you might like this one! I know you rather like Passifloras ... unfortunately this one is regarded as a weed here and we try to get rid of it whenever it pops up. This one popped up out in my Shadehouse Garden and had to go!

19 Sep, 2010


do all passifloras smell bad? (hoping mine might be different) I have no idea what the flower looks like it

19 Sep, 2010


Funny is nt it how in some countries they are weed s and in others they re not, shame it had to go though

19 Sep, 2010


Floralhead ...I'm not sure if all Passiflora plants have a unpleasant smell. I've never grown any ... and this one just pops up on its' own. It definitely has a smell ... not a perfume!!

Sixpence ... yes this Passiflora can be seen in the bushland around here and it does take over pretty quickly!

19 Sep, 2010


Yes I could image it would take over, I ve got one so I know how large they grow.

20 Sep, 2010


too bad...a white flower even =(

21 Sep, 2010


Ha ... yes, Floralhead, and you know just how much I love white in the garden! Oh well ... not to be.

22 Sep, 2010


exactly...I would have thought you'd let it be lol...must be a bad one for sure!

24 Sep, 2010

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