Passiflora foetida L.

Etymology Genus Passion flower; the flower parts of Passiflora are symbolic to the events of the Passion of Jesus Christ
Species Stinking
Family Passifloraceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Love In A Mist
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Climber
Native Distribution Tropical America


Passiflora foetida is a herbaceous climber that is common among wild vegetation. It is hairy throughout, has trilobed leaves which emit a smell when crushed, and stipules with sticky glands. The flower is distinct for the species.

Interesting Facts:

Love In A Mist is a host plant for the caterpillar of Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore). Parts of the plant are edible; the aril is eaten in Colombia, the fruits in Venezuela, and in Thailand, the young cooked leaves and the fruits are consumed.

Love In A Mist in Hougang growing out of a cultivated shrub amidst the covid19 period (2020).

Leaf upper surface.

Leaf underside

Stipule and hairy stem.



CABI (n.d.). Passiflora foetida (red fruit passion flower). Invasive Species Compendium, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International. Accessed on 12-Jul-2020.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2020-07-11 / Modified: 2020-07-12