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Friday, May 21, 2010

Passion. . . Passiflora Caerulae


A most accommodating vine in my greenhouse
Next time you are perusing a seed catalog, order a few Passiflora Pardifolia seeds. They are very, very easy to grow. There is no other vine I know of which is so perfect for flower arrangements or bridal bouquets. No special "conditioning" is needed. The tendrils are sturdy and graceful. The passiflora is a prolific grower.

Leaves of the Passiflora contain powerful chemicals and when used in tea can produce dangerous and negative side effects. Passion flower fruit and leaves have been used in folk medicine to lower anxiety and insomnia. I grow passion flowers in my cool greenhouse. Outside they are hardy to zone seven. Most species are found in Brazil and Argentina.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend with restful and invigorating sleep.

Gina

2 comments:

  1. I first saw these in a local garden and was just amazed at the structure of them. How wonderful that you have them growing right in your own greenhouse! Have a lovely weekend, Gina. Invigorating sleep sounds just the thing! Our dawn chorus starts at 4:30 now and I hate to miss it so always get up no matter what time I've gone to bed. xo - g

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  2. Dear Georgianna, You can even grow these beautiful vines indoors, by a window. You won't get any fruit but you will get exotic flowers and lots of tendrils and vines for your photography.

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