Passion Flower, Krishnakamal, Passiflora (Pink)
Passionflowers have Botanically known as Passiflora from the Passifloraceae family. Common names are Passionflower, Rakhi flower, Krishnakamal, Passion phool. It is a perennial semi-evergreen flowering vine and Passiflora, known also as The passion flowers or passion vines Because are a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants. The namesakes of the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous.
The Passionflower has a unique structure, which in most cases requires a large bee to effectively pollinate. The Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera Ensiferum) with its immensely elongated bill has co-evolved with certain passion flowers.
Passiflora incarnata (maypop) leaves and roots have a long history of use among Native Americans in North America and were adapted by the European colonists. Because the fresh or dried leaves of maypop are used to make a tea that is used for insomnia, hysteria, or epilepsy, And is also valued for its analgesic properties.
Passionflowers can be rampant growers. Even in marginal areas, such as USDA zone 6, where passionflower may die back to the ground each winter, They will grow back from their root system in spring and flower that late summer. Grow passion flowers in full sun, on well-drained soil, and fertilize also in spring mid-summer to get the best growth and blooms. But keep the soil moist with mulch. Because the mulch also can protect the roots in winter in cold areas.
Passionflowers usually don’t need much attention to deadheading and pruning. But in areas where passion flowers thrive, so do their pests. Control aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites with sprays of insecticidal soap whenever you see the damage. Clean up dropped leaves in the fall to reduce fungal diseases on the flowers and foliage.