Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a vigorous grower and common wildflower in the southern United States.
It pushed its way up between cracks of the boards of the porch and is making its way over to climb my ladder.
I attached some fishing line along the length of my shutter for it to trail and climb.
Each bloom lasts a day and the blooms are irresistible to bees!
I noticed once the bumble bees land, they’re in no hurry to leave to sample or taste a different flower. They also don’t seem to mind sharing, clinging on to the passionflower bloom and each other. When I took a closer look, they looked like they were sleeping or had died and gone to heaven in a nectar-induced state.
I had to Google to see if this was normal *bee*-havior :)
“I regret exceedingly to be obliged to announce the fact, that bumble bees are sometimes given to tippling. It seems that the nectar in the passion flower has an intoxicating effect upon these creatures, and that they now and then indulge in excessive drinking, when this beverage is within their reach. Instead of being content with a moderate draught, like orderly and temperate bees, they yield to temptation, and drink until they are quite drunk. They become so stupid, indeed, from their intemperate drinking, that they scarcely can fly home to their nest; and it sometimes happens, that one may see half a dozen of these poor creatures lying on the ground, near the goblet which has so grossly intoxicated them, and entirely unable to stir an inch. The dunces! They are almost as silly as the human drunkards that we too frequently meet with.”
This bumble bee appears to be sleeping off his *buzz* :) in the shade.
These tippling bees pollinate the flowers which become egg-sized fruits and make a loud popping sound when crushed, hence the name, Maypop. The fruit starts out green and hollow and eventually becomes sweet when ripe and can be eaten and used to make to make jelly or jam.
I haven’t eaten one before but will let you know how they taste when they’re ripe.
Have you ever eaten a Maypop or made Maypop jelly?