Sunday, November 1, 2009


I wanted to share with you this beautiful bloom in my passion flower plant.

In Uruguay and Brasil we call it Mburucuya.

Here are some interesting facts!

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus Christ and especially the Crucifixion:
The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
The tendrils represent the whips used in the Flagellation of Christ.

The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (less St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
The flower's radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the Crown of Thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
The 3 stigmata represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).
The blue and white colors of many species' flowers represent Heaven and Purity.


  1. BEAUTIFUL and just moving about the history... thx for sharing. xoxxoo

  2. No Brasil é conhecida como Maracujá.
    Delicius fruit, you can eat in mousses, in fruits salads, to drink in juices, or teas, is very good for relaxation, you can eat the pulp and weeds with add of sugar or honey, and relax, sleep.

  3. I planted one last spring here in Ontario, Canada, but I don't know if it will survive out winter. Mine is more pink in color and they are just the most beautiful flower, with such a gorgeous scent, love them :)