This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mrs. R. T. W. asks: "Can you inform me where I may find the Emblematic description of the 'Passion Flower,'and greatly oblige."
[ An apology is due to this lady for overlooking the question last month, for which it came to hand quite in time.
The Spaniards when they first entered Mexico, associated everything possible with their religious faith. This flower came in for its share of this attention. It was taken to illustrate the passion of Christ. The three nail-like pistilc were emblematical of the three nails by which he was attached to the cross, and the five stamens the five wounds, four on the hands and feet, and one in the side. The singular narrow processes which characterize the passion flower, and form the course below the stamens, is the crown of thorns which covered the Saviour's head. The ten petals and sepals are the ten apostles, two being absent, one, Peter, being afraid and having run away to hide himself; the other, Judas, having in a spirit of remorse, gone and committed suicide. The fancy is much more perfect than that which identifies the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove with the Peristeria elata, and is, perhaps one of the best that the Spanish Americans have given us. - Ed. G. M.]