The blue passionflower, aka Passiflora caerulea, the blue passion flower, bluecrown passionflower or common passion flower. One of the more beautiful things I saw today on this first day of summer.
I spotted this one along the side of an old home in Groznjan, an attractive hilltop village located in the northeastern portion of Croatia’s Istrian peninsula. (More about the weekend’s brief exploration of this part of Croatia later in the week.)
Passiflora caerulea is native to the southern half of South America, but is cultivated widely, leaving a fragrant trail on the vines from which it sprouts. A common description via wiki:
The flower is complex, about 10 cm (4in) in diameter, with the five sepals and petals similar in appearance, whitish in colour, surmounted by a corona of blue or violet filaments, then five greenish-yellow stamens and three purple stigmas.
To friends, readers and other comrades on the planet’s norther half, Happy Summer.
And for the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the 899th straight, was snapped on 20 June 2016.