Passion Vine

3 May

This is my first post on this new blog: Growin’ Wild

I started this blog because as a native Floridian myself, I am always learning about, growing & photographing our native plants & flowers. Just because it is growing wild, doesn’t necessarily make it a weed worth killing!

Take for instance the Passion Flower below. This grows wild in many parts of the state – and isn’t it beautiful!

The vine is the host plant for both the Gulf Fritillary and the Zebra Longwing Butterfly. If you come along this plant and see caterpillars – don’t kill them! They will soon morph into colorful butterflies. The caterpillars may eat the leaves – but rarely kill the plant. And see the Green Anole in the photo – he’s keeping the bugs in check naturally. No need for pesticides – Nature has its own ways!

Oh – and hummingbirds like it too!

Native Passion Vine with Native Green Anole

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One Response to “Passion Vine”

  1. eileen April 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Ilove your blog

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