There are over 400 species of tropical passion flowers (Passiflora spp.) with sizes ranging from ½ inch to 6 inches across. They are found naturally from South America through Mexico. Early missionaries to these regions used the distinctly colored patterns of the flowers parts to teach about the passion of Christ; hence the name. Passion Flower gained its name from the unique structure of its flowers and their symbolic importance. According to the plant's original catalogers, each of the flower's structures is religious in nature: the corolla reflects Christ's crown of thorns, the five stamens are the five wounds in his hands, feet, and side, and the three stigmata are for the nails that were used to nail Christ to the cross. Whatever their religious significance, there...
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