Friday, January 7, 2011
Passiflora Berkeley with Gulf Fritillary
Isn't this a pretty passion vine? I love the bright white with the lavender ring. It used to grow near the Ecole Bilingue elementary school in Berkeley, and they added butterflies to the curriculum because the kids noticed that it was covered in Gulf Fritillary Butterflies and got very excited. When a friend told me that the house was abandoned and scheduled for tear down, I became concerned because the butterflies loved that vine so much, and if it died, replacing would become impossible. As a result, in 2006, I worked with Carlos at the UC Botanical Garden to clone the vine. I took many cuttings from the front yard (the house was on Heinz Ave just below San Pablo, if I recall correctly) and learned about propagating vines. Carlos sold many of them, calling them "Sally's Rescue" and I planted one in my front yard. They are supposed to be hardy and vigorous, and the one I got cuttings from certainly was, but mine is more like an invalid. Too many snails, I guess.
In 2007, it was registered as "Berkeley" by Dr Les King. Just today, in a email from David Costen, I learned that DNA analysis indicates that it may be triploid.
Somebody registered a name for a plant I saved! Somebody else did DNA analysis on it! David and Les care about a plant I rescued from an overgrown abandoned front yard! Isn't that cool? I think this is my moment of famousity!