We still have so many passion flowers and maypops "popping" up all over the hill top, so I thought it was time I shared a little history lesson on how this fascinating flower received its name 😊... When Spanish explorers first discovered this flowering vine in Florida in 1529, they believed it to be a symbol for the "passion of Christ". The five petals and five sepals of the plant were said to represent the 10 apostles (leaving out Judas, and Peter because Peter denied knowing Christ). The purple corolla is said to represent the crown of thorns. The three prominent stigmas on the plant were said to represent the nails. The five stamens were said to symbolize the number of Christ's wounds. The lance like leaf was said to represent the spear that pierced Christ's side. The dark spots under the leaves are said to symbolize the 33 pieces of silver paid to Judas to betray Jesus. The flowers die after a single day representing the amount of time Jesus spent on the cross. And, because the petals close over the ovary, they said that this was symbolic of Jesus being placed in the tomb, and seen as the "hidden wisdom" that constitutes the "mysteries of the cross".... the symbolism of the plant was later embellished to include that the white petals symbolized the purity of Christ; the leaves, the hands of his persecutors; the clinging tendrils, the cords of his bondage or whips with which he was lashed. The fruit then became the world, for which Christ promised salvation.