Especially if the gift isn't easy to find.
|Yellow passion vine flower|
So you know I did a happy dance a few years ago when I discovered a short length of Yellow passion vine (Passiflora lutea) beneath an oak at our newly-purchased home.
I didn't expect we'd find any native plants beyond a few tree species. The house is in a small development where the land had been scraped bare except for big trees.
Yellow passion vine isn't rare but I've never seen it for sale in a nursery or available online. You either have to luck into finding one on your land or know someone who can share.
|Zebra longwing butterfly on lantana|
|Gulf fritillary butterfly caterpillar on Maypop passion vine (Passiflora incarnata)|
|Yellow passion vine leaf|
The vine grows well in limestone-based, well-drained soils and will get by with modest water once established.
Yellow passion vine is deciduous in the Texas Hill Country but I didn't find a reference to confirm that for all regions.
|Yellow passion vine flowers, May-September|
The Ladybird Wildflower Center website says that flowers are followed by purple or black berries attractive to birds. But in the two locations and eleven years we've been graced with this vine, I've never seen fruit.
What we have seen, beside the appealing foliage, is butterflies.
|Gulf fritillary on lantana|