Passion flower (passiflora caerulea) Common Names: blue passionflower, hardy passionflower, deciduous passionflower.
This was from a healthy vine in the greenhouse at Chico Hot Springs, Montana USA. The vine has been growing there as long as I can remember.
Native to southeastern parts of the Americas, passion flower is now grown throughout Europe. It is a perennial climbing vine with herbaceous shoots and a sturdy woody stem that grows to a length of nearly 32 feet.
Each flower has 5 white petals and 5 sepals that vary in color from magenta to blue. According to folklore, passion flower got its name because its corona resembles the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during the crucifixion.
The passion flower’s ripe fruit is an egg-shaped berry that may be yellow or purple. Some kinds of passion fruit are edible.
Canon EOS 7D, 1/125s, f/5.0, ISO: 500, 110 mm