The passion flower is a perennial woody vine, which means that it will grow back every year if given the proper care. They are mostly from tropical America, but there are also a few species that originated in the Polynesian Islands and Asia. This flower, which is in the Passi-flora family, got its name in the 16th century when Christian missionaries went to South America and found the plant that they felt was an omen for their work.
The missionaries called this flower the passion because, to them, it symbolized the death of Jesus Christ. The five petals and sepals on the flower, which look quite similar, were symbolizing the disciples (omitting Judas and Peter). The plant has a double row of filaments, also known as the corona, which represents the crown of thorns that Christ wore before the crucifixion. And finally the flowers five stamens and their three different spreading styles with their flattened heads represent the wounds and the nails. The tendrils on the vines symbolize the whips used to lash Christ.
Passion flowers should be planted close to a wall or fence in beds that are dry and that face the south. They hate having wet or cold roots and generally love being in the sun. If you decide to plant your flower in a pot, a clay pot works best with broken bits of pot and sharp sand situated at the bottom.
Around forty different types of plant in the Passi-flora family produce passion fruit that is edible. You can find all of them withbest plant identification app 2019. Of these forty, about ten of these produce fruit that can be grown as food crops, but most of the plants have fruit that is soft and does not travel or keep well. For the most part though, until the fruit is ripe and fully mature, one should not try to eat the passion fruit as immature fruit and rind can be poisonous.