3 to 5 inches broad, with pointed lobes, finely serrate, on petioles
1/2 to 2 inches long. Flowers, single, axillary, consisting of a bell-shape, tubular calyx with 4 or 5 narrow lobes at top; a double or triple fringe of large purplish hairs or bristles called a crown, in the throat. 4 or 5 petals lie under the fringe, joined to the calyx-tube. Ovary is raised on a little stalk around which the filaments make a hollow tube, with anthers distinct. Fruit, size of a small lemon, 2 inches long, yellowish, edible, a many-seeded berry, called may-pop. May to July.
Dry soil, Virginia to Florida, westward to Texas.
The passion flower vine is better known North in cultivation. The flower was named by Roman Catholic missionaries in South America, who fancied they found in it symbols of the passion of our Saviour - " the crown of thorns in the fringes of the flower, nails in the styles with their capitate stigmas, hammers to drive them in the stamens, cords in the tendrils."