Welcome back passionflower! This week marked the opening day of my passionflowers. This is truly one of the most interesting and unique flowers, I have ever laid eyes on. Not only is she a stunner, but passionflower may help relieve anxiety and insomnia. It can cause sleepiness and slowed breathing, so it should not be used if you are taking sedatives. (As always, I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on T.V., You must consult your physician for medical advice.)
One of my favorite activities is watching the bees in the passionflowers. The stamens of the flower are at the perfect height for carpenter bees to get their heads covered in pollen whilst milling about the Merry-go-round like surface of this intricate bloom. When this pollen laden bee heads to the next passionflower, and brushes up against its stamen, bam, pollination occurs. Hence the beginning of a passionfruit! Yes, this is where passionfruit comes from. It appears that the bees may also feel the same relaxed state that humans do while working with and in the passionflower vines.