Passion Flower, or Passiflora is as useful as it is beautiful.

Passiflora (alatocaerulea)
Passiflora (incarnata)

Passion flowers are native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas.

Depending on which of the 500 or so species of passion flower it is, the plants have large three lobed serrated leaves with beautifully intricate flowers that can be 2 to 3 inches across. It is commonly found growing in sandy thickets and open fields, roadsides and fence rows.

Passion Flower

Passion flower is an aggressive tendril climbing single vine:

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Its lack of tolerance for cooler temperatures is no doubt a limiting factor for wide acceptance of this wonderful, versatile plant. The more I study it, the higher it has moved on my list of “must have” herbs for each new spring. It is not widely available but with patience one can always locate are reliable plant supplier. I am sure that those prospects will steadily improve as Passion Flower gains in popularity.

Passion Flower sounds too good to be true, considering its beauty, ease of cultivation, growing commercial value, culinary possibilities and medicinal properties. This summer I am growing my first two Passiflora. The first as a companion in the greenhouse and the other, when the snow melts, will accompany us on the patio. Both are doing well, growing aggressively towards the roof of the green house. Outside in the spring they will produce a new bud and beautiful flower most every other day!

Do yourself a favor and look into growing your own Passionflower today!