Passionflower is a climbing vine native to South Texas. Growing to a length o 30 feet under ideal conditions, the vine bears three-lobed leaves, purple flowers, and yellow-to-orange egg shaped fruit.
The name of the plant comes an analogy between the plants ornate flower to the elements of the crucifixion of Jesus, white and purple to symbolize heaven and purity, five stamens for the five wounds he suffered, three style for the three nails used to affix him to the cross.
Herbalists in Mexico, Central America, and Texas have used passionflower as a calmative and sleeping aid for over 200 years. Relieving muscle tension, the herb lowers blood pressure and calms anxiety.
Pregnant women should avoid passionflower, since it can stimulate uterine contractions.
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