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What in the world? ==> passion flower

A friend of mine just moved to a new house, and sent me this photo, hoping I could identify the plant. I have never seen anything like it!
She says it is a vine plant.
Thanks in advance!
[img]https://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a360/madonnaswimmer/flower.jpg[/img]
Here's another pic:
[img]https://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a360/madonnaswimmer/flower2bmp.jpg[/img]
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It's passion fruit. It maybe Passiflora incarnata (Maypop) which is hardy to something like USDA Zone 5? Most others are not winter hardy.

They are often recommended for hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Its on my list of plants to plant some day 8)

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Thank you so much! It is a very pretty plant, I hope she is not planning or ripping it out!

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Host plant for gulf fritillary butterfly caterpillars.

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Passion Flower/May Pop vine. Great fot butterflies - like most vines invasive. The fruit can be made into jelly. I won't post a link because it will be pulled for "religious" connotations. Do a few searches and you will find some very interesting information on why it is called Passion flower.

Interesting whether you believe or not.
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I prefer to call natives over-exuberant, so as not to connote that they are exotic. They are hard to grow here because they are eaten faster than they can grow.

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Vines by nature have no self contol. They do their thing and any effort to contol them usually end in frustration.

Very undisciplined plants.

Enjoy your beautiful passion flower.
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Elizabeth, if one wants that link, can we PM you for it???
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Etymology and names

The "Passion" in "passion flower" refers to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion:


Blue Passion Flower (P. caerulea) showing most elements of the Christian symbolism
The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
The flower's radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).
The blue and white colors of many species' flowers represent Heaven and Purity.
The flower has been given names related to this symbolism throughout Europe since that time. In Spain, it is known as espina de Cristo ("Christ's thorn"). Older Germanic names[15] include Christus-Krone ("Christ's crown"), Christus-Strauss ("Christ's bouquet"[16]), Dorn-Krone ("crown of thorns"), Jesus-Lijden ("Jesus' passion"), Marter ("passion"[17]) or Muttergottes-Stern ("Mother of God's star"[18]).
Outside the Christian heartland, the regularly shaped flowers have reminded people of the face of a clock; in Israel they are known as "clock-flower" (שעונית), and in Japan they are called tokeisō (時計草, "clock plant"). In Hawaiian, they are called lilikoʻi; lī is a string used for tying fabric together, such as a shoelace, and liko means "to spring forth leaves".[19]
In India, blue passionflowers are called Krishnakamala in Karnataka and Maharashtra, while in UP and generally north it is colloquially called "Paanch Paandav". The flower's structure lends itself to the interpretation along the lines of five Pandavas, the Divine Krishna at centre, and the opposing hundred at the edges. The colour blue is moreover associated with Krishna as colour of his aura.
In northern Peru and Bolivia, the banana passionfruits are known as tumbos. This is one possible source of the name of the Tumbes region of Peru.
In Turkey shape of the flowers have reminded people of Rota Fortunae thus it called Çarkıfelek.

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Thanks Eric. I was concerned about posting the religious symbolism for fear of having my post pulled (again).

Very interesting symbolism. When the fruit is cut crosswise the pattern of the flower is repeated in side the fruit. BTW it makes a decent jam or jelly.

Merry Christmas all
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When I first saw this down the street from my house, I was like "what planet is this from?". It has a sedative affect, I made a tea out of the flower and drank it before bed. I mixed it with honey and lemon, and I slept pretty well. When I dipped it in the water it seeped out purple liquid. It was so weird.
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applestar wrote:It's passion fruit. It maybe Passiflora incarnata (Maypop)
...I can confirm... VERY NICE specimen...
...I have simple one...


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