AKA: Maypop, passiflora
Parts Used:aerial parts, fresh flower
Active Compounds:maltol, indole alkaloids, cyanogenic glycosides, flavonoids
Background: The passionflower derives its name from the religious symbolism that surrounds it. The way the plant looks is thought to be symbolic of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The flowers are purple and white - colors that have long been representative of the crucifixion of Christ. The flower also has 3 styles that represent the nails used and 5 stamens that represent the wounds of Christ. While the name of this flower has its roots in the Bible, it has uses in herbal medicine as well.