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It is a woody vine with unusual blossoms. Roman Catholic priests of the latter part of the 1500s named the flower for the Passion (death and suffering) of Jesus Christ.

The priest suggested that the five sepals and five petals of the flower which are similar in appearance, represent the disciples without Peter and Judas.

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    • That is true, Doc, My source is Google and I’m sure there are other legends. Would you care to share one on this page for the sake of interest shown in it here? What makes this flower in the image significant to me, is that I planted one seed, 9 years ago which grew into a huge vine yielding many harvests. I also took my last few steps in that year, before my life-changing, below-knee amputation and swapping my one-man cellphone sales and repair business for a disability pension and a wheelchair for a car. Down-sizing is not all doom and gloom because people get by comfortably on a fraction of the stuff we accumulate in a lifetime.

  1. I knew it was connected with the Passion of Christ but did not know the details. I had these vines and thanks to my gardener he did deep pruning and killed them. We have seen loads of passio fruits from these vines. They taste glorious