OT Passiflora misc.

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:42:56 PDT
I suspect that John Grimshaw is right in attributing the poor performance of
Passiflora incarnata in England to a lack of heat. 

John Parkinson wrote a comparatively lengthy entry about Passiflora
incarnata  " this brave and too much desired plant." in the Paradisus. 
He mentioned that it emerged late (in May) and bloomed in August, sometimes
in July. But it never got to be more than a yard and a half high, although
Parkinson was aware that in warmer climates it was much bigger. And because
it bloomed so late, it did not form viable seed in his time. 

Given that performance, it's not surprising that other species have
supplanted it in English gardens. 

Jim McKenney
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