Maypops (passiflora incarnata) grows wild around here,
though the only places I have seen it have been in
National or State Parks, so I can't harvest some. I would
like to try it out on a trellis I have here, but
can't seem to find a local nursery that carries them.
Does anybody know of a good place to buy them?
Sorry Bill, Don't know where to buy them locally. I have several on my
property in the NE corner of GA. If your ever this way give me a jingle and
we'll see if we can get you some cuttings or perhaps a transplant or two
I have this planted on my mail box in NE North Carolina and it loves it
there. I found mine at a high end nursery that buys unusual varieties of
plants. I have a question though. Is the fruit on these edible? After
flowering the bud starts to become a seed pod or fruit. Any one have any
Thompson & Morgan sells the seed of the Castor Bean plant (Ricinus
communis). It is considered a half-hardy annual. Once you grow it you can
harvest your own seeds. The plant and its seeds are considered poisonous.
Do not grow it where children may be attracted to the large seeds.
I'm pretty sure the fruits are edible, although they may be a little pulpy
or bland. Almost every fruit that smells sweet is edible - sort of nature's
way of making sure it gets eaten so that the seeds will end up somewhere
else- but not all are delicious. I often wonder about those first brave
humans who in fits of hunger tried non-sweet things like lettuce leaves,
cabbage leaves, etc. How many lay dead on the jungle floor after they
accidentally bit into something brim full of oxalic acid or other poisonous
substance? And what famine induced some to try grass seeds (progenitors of
wheat, corn, barley, millet, etc)?
They are edible, but you wouldn't want to eat them. There isn't really much of
a flavor to them.
I'm suprised that you had to go to a high-end nursery in NC to find them-- here
in my part of SC
they are a common wild plant treated like an invasive weed. (Maypops and
"Butterfly Weed" are two
plants that, when you tell anyone around here that people actually pay for the
the things they look
at you weird). I would suspect that if you look in any fields around your area
you'll find them
Maypops are not only edible, but tasty. There is quite a bit of info,
and some online nurseries, here:
Lee Reich's book "Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention" devotes a
chapter to the maypop.
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