My latest passion in the garden is the purple passion flower vine also known as Maypop!
Everyday it's loaded with the promise of many new flowers to come.
The large buds open quickly each morning to reveal a quirky, other-worldly, exotic and downright funky looking purple flower. I read that the bloom contains a lot of religious symbolism.
I weave some of the vine through the fence, while some of it dangles loosely.
It attaches itself with these curly tendrils to the Beautyberry that's planted beneath it.
I've never seen any flower like it. Each flower is an intricate piece of art. Look at all the detail in that flower. If I were an artist, I wouldn't know where to start to capture all the amazing detail of this passion flower.
Each flower lasts only one day, and then slowly a small round fruit develops. I read that they will ripen later this summer, and I look forward to tasting it and perhaps making some tea with it.
I resisted planting this vine in my yard because I know it can have a somewhat invasive habit, but I relented because of one reason - Butterflies. The Gulf Fritillary and Zebra Longwing (our state butterfly) is also passionate about the passion vine. It is a host plant for their young. I caught a blurry photo of a Zebra Longwing in the lower left corner, as she and her friends flutter around this vine from sun up to sun down.
They lay their tiny little yellow eggs on top of the leaves,
and when they hatch they chew on the leaves until they get big and transform into more Zebra Longwings.
I was lucky to catch these two newly emerged butterflies drying in the sun one morning.
I don't know why it took me so long to plant this vine, but I'm sure glad I did because I love seeing the gorgeous flowers and the fluttering butterflies through the French door. It's a real summer treat!
I find this flower so mesmerizing! I can't help but admire its bizarre, yet amazing bloom.
The rock star Prince might have his 'purple rain' but I have my 'purple passion!'