beautiful and intricate flower, the passion flower parts are supposed
to represent various aspects of "The passion of Christ". Many of
them on the back wall make an impressive sight.
are the deeply lobed leaves of the passion vine. I see
caterpillars have been nibbling on some of them.
This is one of the caterpillars of the gulf fritillary butterfly which were imported along with the vine. One reason I grew the vines was to have a ready supply of caterpillars for my students to observe in class. We also enjoy all the butterflies in our yard.
is the fruit of the passion flower. Unlike the commercial
species, this one is rather tasteless, but still pretty while hanging
on the vine.
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