It won’t be long before my chickens are surrounded by an abundance of passion—the Passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata), that is. My friend Delise Knight, the owner of Pineola Farms, introduced me to this flower first.
When I saw it surrounding her chicken coop it was love at first sight. Not only is the Passionflower easy on the eyes, it bears beautiful symbolism as well. Each part of the plant is symbolic to the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I found this wonderful article describing it for y’all.
Image Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden
In Patrick Jesse Pons-Worley book, The Passionfruit Cookbook, he writes, “Early explorers felt that the passion flower had aspecial purpose to promote the spiritual life among the people where it grew”
Then he goes on to explain the beautiful meaning of each part of the plant:
“The spiraled tendons of the plant, he notes, were taken as symbols of the lashes Christ endured, and the central flower column as the pillar of the scourging. The 72 radial filaments of the flower were seen as the crown of thorns; the three stigmas as symbols of the nails used in the crucifixion, as well as the holy Trinity; the five anthers, as the five wounds of Christ; and the style as the sponge doused in vinegar used to moisten Christ’s lips. Taken together, the five petals and five sepals were used to refer to the ten apostles who did not either betray or deny Christ. The fragrance of the flower, continued Pons-Worley, helped recall the spices used to embalm the body of Christ. Finally, its globular egg-size fruit was taken as a symbol of the world that Christ saved through his suffering.”
With Lent happening all around us, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to remind myself what and who this season is all about.
In order to transplant and protect my passion flower as it establishes around the chicken coop, I used bell jars from the house. These jars will act as miniature greenhouses, protecting the plants and allowing them to stand firm no matter what crazy mood-swing weather Georgia throws at us next.
For those of you who choose to focus on Christ this season, whatever you decide to do, do it with passion!