A Blue Passionflower

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.



  1. And maracuja, right? All of this is one and the same, or just relatives? I’m glad you’ve been to Grožnjan. Motovun also? Film festival approaching? I was there last year but later, in August. Lovely places.

    1. Si, maracuja. Tried the fruit in South America, but it wasn’t much to write home about. Grožnjan was just a quick stop on the way home from a brief getaway in Rovinj. We also stopped in Oprtalj, another nearby hilltop village but not nearly as crowded or as renovated as Grožnjan — both very nice in their own ways. I was in Motovun there once before so we skipped it this time. Will likely return in the fall for the Truffles festival in Livade.

  2. Passion flowers are lovely, aren’t they? I saw a whole fence of them just beginning to open, the other day, I wish I’d taken a photo. Someone once told me there is s biblical story attached – the outer leaves representing the disciples, the purple bits are the crowd, and five loaves and three fishes are the stamens and stigmas (or the other way round). Have you ever heard of this?

    1. Next time, get that photo. 🙂 I came across mention of a Christian interpretation yesterday when reading a little bit about them, but nothing before that. One website mentioned it as representing the passion of Christ.

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