Swirl of passion…passion flower with deep purple coloring. Captured at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, USA. 586 views as of Jan. 27, 2013
Featured in—One Single Flower on Show-Oct. 1-2 (time diff.), 2011
Featured in—Wildflowers of North America-Oct. 11, 2012
Featured in—Artistic Flowers-Aug. 12, 2013
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From: Wildflowers of Escambia
The plant is a climbing, hairy vine that becomes woody with age. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, fence rows, fields, woodland edges and waste sites. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region (and elsewhere.)
The leaves are alternate on the vine. The stalked leaves are deeply palm-like with three lobes or occasionally five. Leaf margins are toothed.
Flowers are in the leaf axil; solitary; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. There will be five sepals (modified petals) that are white above, and five petals that are blue to pale purple. The corona segments are numerous and lavender in color or white with purple bands. The five stamens are elevated above the petals. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.
Fruit is a berry.
The plant name refers to the resemblance on the floral parts to the crucifixion story. The 10 petals represent the disciples, excluding Peter and Judas; the five stamens represent the wounds Jesus received; the three stigmas represent the nails, and the fringe represents the crown of thorns.