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The Meaning of the Passion Flower: A Truly Special and Symbolic Gift

What does the Passion Flower symbolize? The story of Jesus Christ on the cross.

At my old home, I used to have a Passion Flower growing on my chicken coop and it’s blooms were like no other! In the spirit of the holidays I wanted to share with you the beautiful story of the meaning behind the Passion Flower and the powerful symbolism associated with each element of this truly intricate and beautiful flower.

When the Spanish and Portuguese missionaries came to the Americas in the 16th century, they used the Passion Flower as a symbolic way to teach about the story of Jesus Christ.

  • The 10 petals represent Jesus’ Faithful Apostles
  • The five “anthers” are symbolic of the five Sacred Wounds Jesus suffered
  • The circle of filaments in the center of the flower represent the Crown of Thorns.
  • The three purple stigma represent the 3 nails holding Jesus to the cross.

Why not give this story as a beautiful gift for the holidays? Watching and caring for the Passion Flower seeds would be a practice in patience and appreciation for all the beauty that surrounds us this holiday season.

As always, I have linked all of these materials in my Amazon Store here.

To create a mini-greenhouse effect, I’ve planted my Passion Flower seeds in a small terra cotta pot with a glass cloche that I found from HomArt.com. Adding a bit of reindeer moss to the base of the cloche stand adds a beautiful texture and finishing the look with a simple ribbon and gift tag really adds a special touch. I wrote the story of the Passion Flower on the back of my gift tags for a special touch.

When germinating a seed, great potting soil is a must. Also, keeping your seeds indoors in full sun with moist soil will keep this Passion Flower happy. Every few weeks, let your plant breathe some fresh air by removing the cloche. After the first frost, plant your seedlings and enjoy watching your patience pay off!

Passion Flowers grow well in the Southeast and has a woody and aggressive vine that will took up a 10 x 8 foot run in my home over a 2 year period.

This gift would make a great name tag for a table setting, a hostess gift, a holiday party favor, or a gift to inspire a child!

I wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook @carmenjohnstongardens to see how my seeds are doing. As always, thank you for reading friends!

Photos courtesy of Gunnar Robinson Photography @shotsfromgun