The arial parts of this plant are used. Do not discard stems as they are just a useful as the leaves. Stems are often broken down into smaller pieces. The stems are what carry vital nutrients to leaves and flowers so are not to be forgotten.
Passiflora incarnata,which Western herbalists use the most. Growing wild on the edge of fields, roads, and forests, this sun-loving vine thrives in hot climates and well-drained soils like those in its native Southeast. For those who find it in nature, don’t be surprised to see it surrounded by ants, who love its sugary nectar.
Passionflower has earned different names throughout history. One of its early names among the Powhatan people of Virginia was mahcawq, which is thought to have evolved to “maycock” or “maypop”—the name also given to the plant’s small fruits.
The mystery of such a beautiful blossom emerging from an unassuming bud has been compared to the Passion of Christ. This inspired the plant's name, which dates back to the 17th century. The leaves, stems, and flowers are used for medicinal purposes.
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