The Passion Vine Story
Although this is not as lengthy or as good a story, for those who have not heard this it might be interesting. I've heard this all my life. Actually I was taught this story many many years ago by another gardener.
The story makes a little more sense when your looking or holding one of the blossoms in your hand.
Apparently, an Augustine monk made a sketch of this New World blossom in the early 1600s and brought it back to Rome, where it caused quite a stir. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps providentially, each part of the flower could be linked to elements in the story of Christ's Passion. The 10 petals (actually five petals and five sepals) represented the 10 apostles at the crucifixion, the filaments represented Jesus' crown of thorns or halo, the five anthers were the wounds and the three stigmas were the nails. Papal scholars immediately declared the flower a divine blessing sent to further their missionary efforts.
Most of you have probably already heard this but I felt it was good enough to share with those that maybe had not heard the story of the passion vines.