Passiflora ‘Catalunya’ | ‘Passionflower’ | Dried plant
This listing is for our dried Passiflora ‘Catalyuna’ mix, combining several excellent ‘Passionflower’ species into one great selection! While most Passiflora are native to Central and South America (notably Mexico), there are some species which are native to parts of Oceania, South America and the USA too.
The rather varied plants of the Passiflora genus (which is itself located within the Passifloraceae family, comprising roughly five hundred and fifty species at the time of writing) have earned many colourful synonyms over the years – some less popular than others! – including Anthactinia, Asephananthes, Astrophea, Baldwinia, Ceratosepalum, Cieca, Decaloba, Disemma, Granadilla, Hollrungia, Monactineirma, Murucuja, Pentaria, Poggendorffia, Tacsonia, Tetrapathaea and Tetrastylis.
Passiflora can be either herbaceous or woody and range in form from shrubs to threes to vines (although most are commonly some form of the latter). Their unique, incredibly distinctive flowers are often pollinated by creatures such as bats, bees, hummingbirds and wasps, and must truly be seen to be believed! The gorgeous flowers are followed by tasty, seed-bearing fruit. ‘Passionflowers’ are especially attractive to butterflies, a number of which use them to feed their larvae.
Several ‘Passionflower’ species are grown commercially (and by amateurs) for their tasty fruits, including Passiflora edulis, Passiflora foetida, Passiflora incarnata, Passiflora laurifolia, Passiflora ligularis, Passiflora maliformis, Passiflora mollissima, Passiflora quadrangularis and Passiflora tarminiana. Moreover, many ornamental Passiflora species and cultivars have earned the British Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
The genus has a long history of use in various traditional medicine practices (including those of some Native Americans), having been used to treat anxiety, epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia and pain and also as MAO-inhibitors and sedatives. Various ‘Passionflower’ are also, or have been, important to many religious traditions around the globe.
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