Corkystem

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Corkystem passionflower vine is a larval host plant for 3 species of brush-footed butterflies: Julia (Dryas iulia), gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), and zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia). The dime-sized fruits of this well-behaved vine contain many seeds and are spread by birds.

Its species name suberosa references the corky appearance of older stems.
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Its genus name passiflora means passionflower as its dime-sized flowers are said to reflect the passion of Christ.
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These brush-footed butterflies lay their eggs on the tender leaves of this vine which climbs by tendrils.
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Its leaves vary in shape in an effort to deter these butterflies from laying their eggs on them.
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Plant this vine to feed both birds and butterflies.