I am getting to this pretty late, but hopefully it will be worth the wait. I took this photo at the botanical gardens in Des Moines just last week. This flower looks like something from outer space. Maybe you should go and see it for yourself, the Des Moines Botanical Center is a wonderful place to lose yourself in tropical plants, cactus, water features, and a showcase room that is full of beautiful flowers. This is a great place to spend a winter afternoon. A tropical paradise without all the travel. Well here is your flower for day 2 of my 365 days of flowers project. Enjoy.
Maybe if you know what the name of this flower is you could drop leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks.
The Passion Flowers are so named from the supposed resemblance of the finely-cut corona in the center of the blossoms to the Crown of Thorns and of the other parts of the flower to the instruments of the Passion of Our Lord. Passiflora incarnata has a perennial root, and the herbaceous shoots bear three-lobed, finely-serrated leaves and flesh-colored or yellowish, sweet-scented flowers, tinged with purple. The ripe, orange-colored, ovoid, many-seeded berry is about the size of a small apple; when dried, it is shriveled and greenish-yellow. The yellow pulp is sweet and edible.
There are 550 different varieties of these flowers, many different colors, all vibrant and beautiful.
Passion flower is a climbing vine that is native to the southeastern United States, and Central and South America. The above ground parts are used to make medicine.
Some people take passion flower by mouth for sleep problems (insomnia), anxiety, adjustment disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pain, fibromyalgia, relieving opioid withdrawal symptoms, reducing anxiety and nervousness before surgery, and heart failure.
Some people apply passion flower directly to the skin for hemorrhoids, burns, and swelling (inflammation).
In foods and beverages, passion flower extract is used as a flavoring.
Passion flower was formerly approved as an over-the-counter sedative and sleep aid in the U.S., but this approval was withdrawn in 1978 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the class and manufacturers did not submit evidence of safety and effectiveness.
How does it work?
The chemicals in passionflower have calming, sleep inducing, and muscle spasm relieving effects.
Okay, that is probably way more that you wanted to know about this particular flower, but hopefully you learned something.
Information on the passion flower were pulled from Wikipedia under “Passion Flower” 9/16/18.