I have a plant growing up one of my blueberry bushes.
It looks so exotic,
like it would be treasured and rare.
But it isn't either.
It grows wild here in Georgia
It is considered a weed by many.
This beautiful flower was named "Passion Flower" because it
who happened to be the official namer of such things,
of Jesus' death and resurrection
(which is called The Passion).
Looking at the flower,
I don't see the connection.
Growing up, I never knew this plant as anything other than a MayPop.
Until I became a gardener and started a library of gardening books.
And there it was.
My MayPop was a Passiflora Incarnata.
Each of the flowers lasts about one day.
That's not many.
And after that one day,
the exquisite flower wilts
begins the process of becoming fruit.
Some people harvest the fruit of the Passion Flower to eat.
As a kid, I didn't know that.
I only knew that when I stomped on one of those green balls,
I'd hear a loud
Another thing I didn't know about the MayPop when I was a kid.
The Passion Flower, a/k/a MayPop, is considered a medicinal herb.
You can find it in vitamin bottles in Health Food Stores.
It is used to treat anxiety and sleeplessness.
As it turns out, I could us some help with that.
Yes, the MayPop is staying.