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Passiflora caerulea

Passiflora caerulea

Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel

Thank you to Natalie G. of Spain for submitting today's photograph from the countryside near her home.

Blue passionflower or common passionflower is native to southeastern South America. Similar to yesterday's plant, though, it can now be found cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world (but also more than a few warm temperate areas as well). The Plants for a Future database provides more information, including cultivation and propagation methods.

16 Comments

With what lens was this image captured? For such a close-up, the depth of field is tremendous. Being from the southeastern US, I have often photographed this flower, but my tools are 60mm and 105mm macro lenses. In any case, it is a beautiful image.

I'm a little hesitant to post a haiku comment, but what the hey. I know that what I enjoy about the comments is the diversity, from oxygen transport proteins to 'oh what a pretty flower!'.

~ Passiflora ~

space station
galaxy flower
whirling beauty

George, what you said! Cool haiku -- you must have been reading my mind.

Gorgeous photo, Natalie.

I remember this flower from when I was in elementary school, probably second or third grade. We were out for recess and I saw this most interesting flower. I thought it was pretty, so naturally, I picked it, and it left the most horrifying smell on my hands!! I was so disgusted by it I could hardly wait to go back to class and wash my hands.

By the way, this was in southeast Texas - so I guess our climate was perfect this plant.

can you not see the little folk danceing
round and round perhaps at night they
come out to play in the band great set of drums

lovely image to start the week hai gl

What a great photo to make the imagination run wild! Loved the haiku and Elizabeth's comments.

I bought the plant as a gift for my mother-in-law and I am envious of how it has done in the patio behind her house in very small village in Spain. It has basically taken over one wall and threatens to do the same with the other. Unfortunately she is thinking of cutting it down because the dried flowers are a lot of work to clean up so I have taken several photos and will give her one if she decides that the work isn't compensated by the beauty of the plant.
I am glad that so many people have been able to enjoy my photo.
"Un Saludo" from Spain.

Beautiful, yes, but highly invasive. Be careful where you plant it.

What a beautiful flower. I love the blue. It is hard to get a true blue flower in a photograph.
Thank you from such a wonderful Photograph.
Margaret-Rae

My grandmother grew these in North Central Iowa, along her south-facing foundation. When I moved to Minnesota, I tried (unsuccessfully) to move a start to my yard.

This has got to be the weirdest flower I've ever seen. It looks like an amusement park ride with mushrooms sprouting at the top.

Actually needs more words or syllables to make it 14 a true haiku. And needs two parts responding to adding to or negating one another not three and the two parts unequal like this flower. 9+5=14........................................
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Three brown clubs two yellow slugs float, swirls........
Purple trampoline....................
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No it s not a Fibonacci series 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377

So sorry so wrong at 5 AM.
It is three lines indeed
17 syllables 5 7 5.
but two thoughts. Try again .................................................................................
Haiku or lowku on a Passion flower Euonymus planipes the title being longer than the poem entitled
Float hover and swirl....................................................
Low pale green petals
Three brown clubs two yellow slugs
Purple trampoline.

¡Saludos, Natalie!

What a beautiful capture! Well done.

I have one of these growing on my deck in Vancouver, BC (Canada). I thought it was dead and started to pull it out in the beginning of this summer, but then I saw new growth, so I left it, and it's done really well, in spite of the unusually cold summer we've had this year.

Laura 3:)

Glad you like it.
As to temperature, I have a widget on my computer with Vancouver and Calgary's weather on it and there were days when the weather here in La Rioja was cooler than those two places. The plant does better out of the hot sun anyways.

Natalie

I have to say this is the most beautiful flower I think have seen.

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