Product: Passion Flower Herb
Latin Name: Passiflora incarnata
Plant Family: Passifloraceae
Other Names: Passion Vine, Grandilla, Maracoc, Maypops, Passiflora, Passionflower, Purple Passionflower, True Passionflower, Wild Passion Vine
Description: The passionflower is a perennial, climbing vine native to Southern and Central America that is now cultivated in Europe. It can reach a height of 10-12 metres and climbs by means of thin tendrils which spiral around the host plant to hold itself in place. The leaves are palmate, 3-lobed and alternate and 6–15cm in length. The 5-petaled flowers also have 5 sepals making it look like the flower has 10 petals; they are pale bluey-white in colour with a purple ‘fringe-like’ layer of fine petals on top. The flower has 5 pale coloured stamens and 3 stigmas, the flowers are 7-10cm in diameter.
Brief History: Passiflora most commonly known as Passion flower, Maypops and also Maracuja in the Amazon was first discovered in Peru in 1569 by the Spanish Doctor Nicolás Monardes (c1493 - 1588). The species was later classified in 1745 by Carl von Linné (c1707 - 1778) when he recognised 22 species. In the 1800's passiflora became popular with the Victorians when the hybridisation of the passionflower began.
Passionflowers can be dried and used in pot-pourri blends, the fruit oil can be used as flavouring for cosmetics and as scent in bath products. The dried leaf and flowers can be combined with other herbs such as hops, chamomile and lavender to make a fragrant and soothing herbal sleep pillow. The dried leaf can also be made into a bath tea with other soothing herbs such as lavender and rose petals to make a wonderfully fragrant and relaxing bath blend.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.