Passion Flower Products
Following the many varied traditions the Passion Flower has taken and the symbolism it has invoked, Indigo Herbs is pleased to bring you our premium quality Passion Flower products which have been traditionally used to invoke calm and peace. Choose from Passion Flower Tincture, Passion Flower Tea or unlock the power of Passion Flower with capsules from our guest brands.
In South America and some parts of North America this plant a long history of traditional use by indigenous Brazilian tribes as well as some native American Tribes. The Passion Flower was first made known to Europeans in 1569 when it was discovered by a Spanish doctor named Monardes whilst he was in Peru. It was not until 40 years later that the plant was brought to Europe as an ornamental plant. Many were fascinated by how this vine exploded into very unique blooms that hadn't been seen before. It was in 1633 that the Jesuit Ferrari noted the plant in his book, De florum cultura, seeing in the Passion Flower representations of the Passion of the Christ. The vines of the plant symbolize the whips that were used during the flagellation of Christ. One of the major characteristics is the hundreds of filaments on the flower that symbolize the Crown of Thorns. The five anthers are associated with the five sacred wounds of Christ. The flower contains three stigmas that reflect the three nails that were used for Christ’s hands and feet during his Crucifixion. There is a floral component that resembles a chalice-like ovary that has been suggested to symbolize the Holy Grail. In terms of color symbolism, the flowers of Passion Vines are generally a blue and white colour which can represent the heavens and purity. Even the Latin name given to the plant comes from these Christian representations; passio or 'suffering', flos, the 'flower' and incarnata which means 'to make flesh'.
The plant itself has an amazing arrangement of species with over 400 hundred documented. Some species are now endangered and many have unique characteristics which have evolved with certain species of bird or bee. Because of its climbing ability some Passion Flower can reach up to 10 meters in length and produce a green small pod like fruit. The leaves have three prongs which are serrated and have fine hairs underneath. The plant supports itself by throwing out tendrils which rap and twine themselves around other branches and plants.