Thursday, July 2, 2020

Passionflower: Review (with Pictures)

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Passionflower or Passiflora incarnata is a reputed botanical for anxiety, as a sedative, as nervine, for nervous heart and stomach, for deaddiction, for sex related anxiety, insomnia, irritating cough, hyperactive children and many other troubles.

Find the info about this plant and its cultivation.

About The Plant:

Stem & Root:

Passionflower is a tendril vine. The strong woody stem can reach up to 10 m. in length. The stem is initially angular and later it is rounded, with longitudinally striated bark.

Leaves:

The alternate, petiolated and serrate leaves are finely pubescent. The undersurface has more hair than the upper surface. Stipules and tendrils grow from the leaf axis.

Flowers:

The axillary pedicle measures up to 8 cm. and has one flower. The androgynous flowers are rayed with a diameter of 6 – 9 cm. Flower has an involucre. The outside of the five sepals is green and the inside is white and tough.

Five petals are whitish to pale red. The secondary corolla inside the petals has four thread wreaths arranged in rays around the axis of the flower. The ovary has three carpels and three style branches. The above six structures end in a thick stigma.

 Five stamens joined at the base are fused to the androgynophor. Passionflower has many large aromatic flowers. Flowers bloom from June to August.

Edible Parts:

The berry or fruit is egg shaped with multiple seeds. Edible, fresh and juicy fruits are gathered when soft and yellow-green. The small berry like fruit is called Granadilla or water lemon.

The yellow pulp from the fruit is edible. First make sure that the fruit is not over ripe as it would then ferment into a foul smelling paste.

Habitat:

Passionflower is found in Eastern North America – Southeast US to Argentina to Brazil. This vine is found in sandy thickets, open fields, roadside, fence rows and waste places.  Now it is grown throughout Europe.

Cultivation:

It is cultivated by root division and by seeds, transplants from the wild plants. It needs  sandy, slightly acidic, well drained soil in Sunlight. A trellis is also needed for this climbing tendril vine.

For a maximum flavonoids content in the flowering shoot, the two yearly harvest is considered good by many persons and when the fruits are matured. The harvest is either air dried or hay dried.

Use Passionflower For:

  1. Generalized anxiety disorder.
  2. Insomnia.
  3. Adjuvant in seizures, Irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, cough.
  4. Visit Passionflower related pages on Holistic-Herbalist to get more information.
  5. Take one vegicap once a day. Each vegicap contains Passionflower 200 mg.
Arjun
As a native Indian and an Ayurvedic holistic healer, Arjun writes in the lane of herbal healing and home remedies. Certification: BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).

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