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  • Life with Passion

    Just wanted to share a few photos from yesterday. These are from a volunteer vine although once I complete my 1001 projects, I may trellis some.

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    Galveston County, Texas

    Wish list: Original Magnolia, LSU Tiger, Alma, Madeira Island Black

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    Some others photos from previous years. The first one has both the caterpillar (top left) and the butterfly. The second caterpillar is less ominous looking. I said less.
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    Galveston County, Texas

    Wish list: Original Magnolia, LSU Tiger, Alma, Madeira Island Black

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    • #3
      Great pictures, thanks!
      Buffalo, New York Zone 6A

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      • #4
        Nice pictures. I've never seen a caterpillar like that last one.
        Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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        • #5
          Both of these caterpillars only feed on passion vines (maypop).
          Galveston County, Texas

          Wish list: Original Magnolia, LSU Tiger, Alma, Madeira Island Black

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          • #6
            Originally posted by e-rancher View Post
            Both of these caterpillars only feed on passion vines (maypop).
            Are you planning to eat the maypops?
            Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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            • #7
              You can eat the flowers, the fruit and the leaves, so I am told. I know someone who wants to make tea with the fruit so I’ll let them go first.
              Galveston County, Texas

              Wish list: Original Magnolia, LSU Tiger, Alma, Madeira Island Black

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              • #8
                The fruit looks a bit different inside. It seems like a bunch of little pouches with some liquid and a seed in each pouch.
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                Galveston County, Texas

                Wish list: Original Magnolia, LSU Tiger, Alma, Madeira Island Black

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                • DrDraconian
                  DrDraconian commented
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                  Are you sure that was ripe? Generally the fruit is ripe when the outer shell gets puckered and wrinkly, and usually it is best to wait until the fruit falls off the vine on its own and then pick them up off the ground. The flesh around the seeds should have some color to it and have a jelly-like pulp consistency.

                • goodfriendmike
                  goodfriendmike commented
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                  DrDraconian the fruit is ripe. I know of 2 wild types in louisisana one stays green the other turns yellowish and neither wrinkle.

                • Chonas
                  Chonas commented
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                  The fruit pictured is not ripe, the seed casings become translucent and start moving towards yellow as it becomes more ripe. The pod itself becomes thinner the riper it becomes, and it will wrinkle at full ripeness if it isn't ruptured by pests. Can remain green, or start turning yellow. In N AL they generally don't start ripening until the end of August (around pawpaw season).

              • #9
                As far as the fruit being ripe, I have no idea if it was or not so I appreciate the comments. It was getting wrinkles on the outside and from experience, once it gets wrinkles it’s gone the next day. I believe it can get fully ripened on a trellis but that will be for another day. Many a critter finds free dining at the e-ranch.
                Galveston County, Texas

                Wish list: Original Magnolia, LSU Tiger, Alma, Madeira Island Black

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                • #10
                  Beautiful!!
                  How special that the vine was a volunteer.🦋
                  Piney Point Village, Zone 8b
                  W/L- Allix, Cateto

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                  • #11
                    e-rancher, I have the same variety.
                    it got decimated by these butterflies off spring. But the vine is so invasive , it's popping up all over the place.
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                    • e-rancher
                      e-rancher commented
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                      It is considered a weed but the butterflies are beautiful. Oh, and ignore the pm.

                    • FloraFig
                      FloraFig commented
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                      No worries.
                      I know it looks different inside when it's ripe, it grows all over the place in the woods here.

                      I decided I rather have the butterflies. I have another passion vine variety, that one I will protect from the caterpillars.

                  • #12
                    I have these passion vines growing up here and there by themselves. I couldn't figure how to eat the fruit as it always just seemed hollow, so it's good to learn about what it looks like when it actually ripens. I've let it grow wherever it comes up because I like the butterflies and caterpillars. Thanks!

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