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A Passionflower nodding out of a peach tree?


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How could that be?


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A wider perspective

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What an amazing vine, and what a beautiful surprise so late in the season.  Passiflora incarnata is naturalized all over the southeastern United States.   This perennial vine has had a phenomenal season, growing many many feet to first cover the deer fence, and now climb the peach tree. 


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The plant, dried, has been used to make tea.  It has a calming effect and can help treat insomnia. 

Native Americans and early settlers ate the fruit out of hand as you might an apple.  The fruit is still enjoyed today.  It is sometimes made into juice, and that juice can be cooked into jam and jelly.  Mostly, its flower brings a smile with its wild form and bright colors.  Especially when its found peeking out of a peach tree. 


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A serendipity:  A happy, unexpected surprise.

All photos by Woodland Gnome 2013


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

8 responses to “Serendipity

  1. Pretty neat, WG! That last flower looks to be the size of your hand? Whoa!
    A hardy har-har smiling bloom and far-reaching vine — just my kind of goddess. 😉

  2. I have not see the Passionflower in a long time. When we lived in Florida they grew wild ever where.

    Hilton Head Large Birds

  3. Forest So Green

    How exciting that you have a peach tree. Do you get a lot of fruit?

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