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Passionflower is a creeping perennial vine with white purple-tinged flowers and orangecolored berries that grows to a height of up to 30 ft (9 m).
Passionflower was first used by native americans and the Aztecs of Mexico as a sedative aid. Since then it has been a popular natural remedy for centuries in Europe and North America.
Other names for passionflower include maypop, granadilla, passion vine, and apricot vine.
The herb received its peculiar name from the Spanish conquistadors who invaded Mexico and Peru in the sixteenth century.
In the flowers, they saw various symbols of the Passion of Christ, which in Christian tradition refers to the period of time between the Last Supper and Christ's death.
In the Spaniard's elaborate analogy, the corona in the center of the flower was thought to resemble the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during the crucifixion. The flower's tendrils symbolized whips, the five stamens represented Christ's wounds, the total number of petals corresponded to the 10 faithful apostles (Peter and Judas not included), and so on.
While there are over 400 species belonging to the genus Passiflora, the variety used for medicinal purposes is called incarnata, which can be translated "embodied."
The flower is gathered primarily from the southern United States, India, and the West Indies, though passionflower also grows in Mexico as well as Central and South America.
Only the parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used as a drug, in fresh and dried form.