This perennial herb is also known as Maypop, Passion Vine, Granadilla and Maracoc. It was named by Spanish explorers in South America in the 1500s because the flowers reminded them of elements of the crucifixion and symbolized, to them, the passion of Christ.
Passionflowers grows in sandy thickets, open fields, roadsides and fence rows.
Plant in a well-drained soil, sandy slightly acid soil in full sun.
The flowers are purple and white and bloom from June to August. The fruit is yellow-green when ripe.
To make tea, steep 2-3 teaspoonfuls of dried herb in 8 oz. (240ml) boiling water for 10 minutes.
Parts used: Flower, leaves and stem.
This herb may cause sleepiness in some people and should not be used before driving or operating machinery. Don't take if you are pregnant.
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