This is one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. Passion Flower is so intriguing, that one can't help but be drawn to it and marvel at God's beauty. Passion Flower gets it's name from an old story passed down from missionaries in South America who used the flower to tell the story of Christ's crucifixion. Each part of the flower and vine symbolize the passion of Christ's death, and thus the flower earned its name, 'Passion Flower.' There are many variations to this story, and I researched as many as I could to get the best of all of them. Some went into greater detail, but I chose the easiest to understand. If you Google Christ's Passion Flower Story, you can see all the variations that have been passed along. I find them all interesting.
The flower parts symbolize:
- The spiraled tendrils on the vine- the lash of Christ's scourging
- The 10 petals - The ten apostles (minus Judas and Peter)
- The 72 radial filaments - the Crown of Thorns
- The top 3 stigma - the 3 Nails
- The lower 5 anthers - the 5 wounds
- The leaves (some species) - the head of the Centurion's Spear
- The red stains (some species) - Christ's Blood Drops
- The Round Fruit - The World Christ came to save
Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar
There are hundreds of species of Passion Flower. The flowers range in many colors and sizes, but all have an amazing beauty that is unlike any other flower I've ever seen. Passion flower truly is a beautiful flower with a beautiful story! And so I have another plant of the day, which has made many days a joy in my garden.