Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Passion Flower for the Pascha Season

This flower poses so unusual a picture that when a Native Mexican monk first sketched it and sent the image to a botanist in Spain, the botanist refused to publish it in his book. He thought the monk had made it up.

Often the flower is associated with Christ. The 3 stamen are for the 3 nails. The 5 anthers are for the 5 wounds of Christ. The circle of filaments is His crown of thorns.

The vine has a reputation of being hardy and invading the garden, but I've been waiting almost 4 years for my puny cutting to get past the "surviving" stage and actually bloom. Just when I had given up on it, this unusual flower decided it was time to make an entrance.

The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.


  1. That is the most unusual flower I've ever seen! Lovely!

    I wonder if it would grow in my garden? Hmm...I'll have to check it out.

    Thank you for sharing it.

  2. I have a trailing Passion Flower in my garden, which blooms prolifically, but not just yet !

  3. Just lovely...I remember the first time I saw one in person, just a few years ago I was stunned...it is so exotic and beautiful!!!

  4. Those are a favorite of mine, both for the flowers and the caterpillars that the leaves attract. :-)