[permaculture] Drylands water capture question

Koreen Brennan cory8570 at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 25 18:17:51 EDT 2013

Jason,  LOL. 

Does the caerulea produce more flowers than the incarnata? How do you propagate the incarnata? Would like to try to grow some up there. Didn't know about this medicinal value:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora_incarnata (at the end of the article)

Your set up sounds great. Maybe I will get out there to see it someday! We did plant some nanking, serviceberry, goldenberry, raspberry, Siberian pea shrub, hazel, buffalo berry, and a few others. They won't be making wine with it up there tho - alcohol is illegal on the rez. But sounds delicious! 

 From: Jason Gerhardt <jasongerhardt at gmail.com>
To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org 
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:46 PM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Drylands water capture question

I thought I might throw you off with that passionflower remark. We have it
in a greenhouse year round. It is the slightly hardy *Passiflora caerulea*.
Makes no fruit worth eating, but thousands of flowers every year. I assign
a student everyday to go in the greenhouse and harvest and set to dry the
days crop (each flower lasts roughly one day only; at peak bloom we get up
to 40 per day). It is one of the highest paying herbs to grow, aside from
wildcrafted stuff and reishi mushroom.

I do have *P. incarnata* outside here, but I just let those make fruits for

Have you planted nanking cherry up at Pine Ridge? These make great
windbreaks and decent fruit. A student of mine turned last years harvest
into a Nanking wine, and wow! Probably the best non-grape fruit wine I've
ever tasted.

Jason Gerhardt

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Boulder, CO 80306
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