Thursday, May 1, 2014

Passion Vine in Flower


Our Passion vine is finally in flower. They are full of buds, and this was the first flower of the season. There are many types of Passiflora species.  In Florida, besides the ornamental varieties, we have both Passiflora incarnata and Passiflora edulis. Both of these are used medicinally.   The leaves and tendrils are used  for insomnia and relaxation. Sometimes I tincture the tendrils and leaves. My friend Suebee likes to add the dried leaves to regular tea. They are best cultivated from seeds. I have never had any luck starting them from cuttings. Caterpillars love the leaves. The fruits are small, but edible. I generally just save seeds from the ripened fruits.  

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