The hardy Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea), or Blue Crown Flower is an evergreen to semi evergreen vine, native to South America, ranging from Argentina to Brazil and all points in between. Paraguay has adopted this beauty as its countries national flower, where it goes by the name of Jesus flower. Spanish Christian missionaries of the past, used the parts within the flower structure, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and his crucifixion.
- Pointed tips of the leaves represent the Holy Lance.
- Tendrils represent the whips.
- Ten petals and sepals for the faithful apostle though excluding St. Peter.
- The flowers outer filaments for the crown of thorns.
- Chalice-shaped ovary for the holy grail.
- 3 Stigmas representing the 3 nails used and 5 anthers for the wounds (4 by nails and 1 by lance).
- The blue and white colors also represent Heaven and Purity.
We are on the cusp of its growing range, so experimentation will be needed to find the best spot for its growth. Out of all the Passion flowers this is best suited to our Northern Virginia gardens, zone 7, or in a protected site with shelter from cold winds it may go down to to a zone 6. Paghat's Garden (www.paghat.com) listed it root hardy to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 degrees Celsius) making it a valuable resource for grafting more tender varieties too.