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What is this plant? (Resolved: Passiflora incarnata, aka Maypop or Passion Fruit)

 
brian aycock
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Can someone tell me what this plant is? I live in Fayetteville GA (just south of Atlanta) Maybe that will help. Thought it was a tree,but it seems to have some vines shooting out from the tops.
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Looks like Maypop aka Passionvine Passiflora incarnata
 
brian aycock
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Great thanks! Look at it on line and that seems to be what it is, I see it makes a fruit, is it any good?
 
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I think it is!    Also, the leaves are a safe mild sedative for people who are anxious or who have trouble sleeping. 
 
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Very good to know.Do I eat it,make a tea or how do you use it ? Another question , I have a ton of young ones spouting up in my 3 sisters garden. Will it be ok to let them grow there or will they mess with my corn,beans and squash plants?
 
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This plant will take over your yard, unfortunately.  Though the stems are easy to pull up, the plant will run many yards away from its original location. 

You can eat the leaves in salad or make tea, either fresh or dried.  Use only a small amount initially to see the effect (if any) on you or whoever else is consuming it.

 
Jeff Hodgins
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Check out "eat the weeds" on youtube there's an episode dedicated to this plant.
 
brian aycock
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Thanks ,Ill do that.
 
George Lee
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It's a magic flower,fruit for jams, leaves for sedative tea.. I've seen tons of butterflies on this species..and yes it will absolutely take over..I'd dedicate a flower patch and plant it there, or just plant around it if its already in a favorable area for such..
I'm in Athens by the way! Hello fellow Georgian..

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Savannah Thomerson
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Mmm I just planted Maypop actually. Passion fruit yumminess
 
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