Bat-Leaved Passion Flower
A strange tropical vine with very distinct leaves in the shape of a bats' wings. It also has beautiful purple fruits that are mainly ornamental.
A fast-growing vine to several feet. Leaves are dark-green and have the shape of a bat wing, often with splotches of light green. White-yellow flowers with the typically ornate Passiflora appearance form when the weather is warm. Rounded purple fruits may follow and grow to a little under an inch.
There are conflicting reports of its hardiness. Some sources claim as low as 15F, but the vine is likely hardy to 25-30F. The confusion may result from 2-3 similar species being referred to as P. coricea. This has not yet been resolved.
Grow in full sun or part shade. Water regularly. Once established the vine can be very fast-growing.
By seeds, which may take weeks to months to sprout. Seeds should be soaked in warm water for 24-48 hours prior to planting. Also propagated by cuttings.
Mainly grown as an ornamental for its odd leaves and pretty fruits.
Native to elevations above 2000m in Central and South America.