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Passiflore bleue

Blue Passionflower, Passiflora caerulea, a species of the family Passifloraceae. It is part of a genus that is very widespread in South America, usually forming lianas, whose name evokes Christ’s passion. Indeed, the coloured filaments evoke the crown of thorns, the stamens the hammer, and the trifid pistil evokes the nails. Passiflora caerulea is one of the few frost-tolerant species; it is also the only one cultivated in France. Many species produce edible fruit (passion fruit). A sedative used in alternative medicine is derived from the species Passiflora incarnata.

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