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Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower

Maypop Passion Flower Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Sellers

Often recognized by its showy pink/purple flowers, Maypop Passion Flower is a native plant, found across the southern US.  Although it is sometimes used as an ornamental plant, it can become a nuisance in pastures and along fence-rows.  Once the flowers bloom, from July to September, it is easy to identify, however, it is not as easy to control in most pasture scenarios. With thick, deep rhizomes, often mechanical or cultural control of Maypop fail, leaving the best option to high rates of 2,4-D.

For help identifying weeds, or development of a control plan for your operation, please contact your county extension agent. 

For more information on this topic please see the following UF/IFAS Publication:

Weed Management in Pastures and Rangeland—2017