Passion Flower - A little history

Passion Flower

Passion Flower - Passiflora alata
Passiflora alata

Prized by the Cherokee, abundant and lush, the passion flower is known not only for its beauty but its medicinal properties as well.  On vines reaching more than 30-feet high, the passion flower is believed to be named for its resemblance to the crown of thorns worn by Jesus. As if not enough, the passion flower was used in earlier days to cure anxiety and hysteria. 

An excerpt from Charles Moore's poem "Where the passion flower grows"

"Lay down on your pillow and turn the lights down low let me take you to the garden where the passion flower grows
Close your eyes and enter dreams as love's emotion sets the scene and flitters through the garden
where the passion flower grows"


Passion Flower (Passiflora alata) illustration  from Charting Nature's Vintage Flower Collection