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This is a discussion on Passaflora within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; So many different varieties. I wonder what the purpose of the fringey petals(?) is? Attracting ...

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    So many different varieties. I wonder what the purpose of the fringey petals(?) is? Attracting insects maybe?
    Some insects eat plants with toxins in them to become toxic to predators. The Monarch Butterfly is one. The butterflys lay their eggs only on milkweed plants from which the caterpillers gain their toxicity. Wonder what the caterpillers are that eat passion flowers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmai
    So many different varieties. I wonder what the purpose of the fringey petals(?) is? Attracting insects maybe?
    Some insects eat plants with toxins in them to become toxic to predators. The Monarch Butterfly is one. The butterflys lay their eggs only on milkweed plants from which the caterpillers gain their toxicity. Wonder what the caterpillers are that eat passion flowers?
    Down here the Fritillary butterfly lays it's eggs on the passaflora vine.
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    Gotta love the Viceroy butterfly as well... It munches on willows, aspen, poplar and plum cherry leaves, so has no toxicity. But it looks just like a Monarch, albeit somewhat smaller, so its mimicry protects it from predators that see the unusual Monarch coloration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    Gotta love the Viceroy butterfly as well... It munches on willows, aspen, poplar and plum cherry leaves, so has no toxicity. But it looks just like a Monarch, albeit somewhat smaller, so its mimicry protects it from predators that see the unusual Monarch coloration.

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    I knew you were a papillon girl at heart. Butterflies are masters of mimicry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molly Taco
    That is a great site Val I never realized that there were so many different colors. Does your vine produce a seed pod? Mine doesn't, it travels by runners, EVERYWHERE!!!
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    There are 3 green seed pods on it now & 1 red one. I'm hoping to get the seeds before the birds do

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    Ok, I left the red pod on the vine too long..... only got 2 seeds (Ithink) out of it, pod was eaten away. Now I have a whole red pod & I guess I'll let it dry out on the counter? Should I open it & let it dry that way or leave it whole??
    There are many green pods on the vine, so I'll have to keep an eye on those. I also found 3 more vines around the yard, birds are dropping seeds everywhere

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    I would brak the pod open so it gets more air and won't grow any green hairy stuff.
    BTW I have something to send you, PM me your address again I deleted it by mistake. It will go out on Tues unless Ernesto is close and I am packing up.

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    OH, I am so jealous!! Can't grow those beauties in the desert. I am originally from God's Country (southeastern Ohio) and I have fond memories of the purple one, but have never seen the red one.

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    The vine is dong so well... flowers, buds , green pods & ripe ones!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by valb561 View Post
    The vine is dong so well... flowers, buds , green pods & ripe ones!!
    So Cool! Are you going to eat any of the fruit?

    Cheers!
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