Passion flower or Krishna Kamal
Passion flower ( Krishna Kamal ) vine produces very beautiful white flowers with purple, blue, or pink calyx crown blooms.
The flower is complex, about 10 cm 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.
Why it is called 'Krishna Kamal?'
It is believed with reference of Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’ that :
There are about 100 of blue petals - one for each of the Kauravas.
5 of the yellow ones in the centre - one for each of the Pandavas.
The green bulb in the centre symbolises Draupadi, the queen of Pandava,
The three filaments are for the holy trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiv and,
The radial in the centre is the Sudarshan chakra of Lord Krishna.
Its colour, fragrance, shape, the vine, the leaves; everything about it is simply unique and magically beautiful.
Religious Importance :
- It’s said that passionflower got its name because its corona resembles the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ during the crucifixion. It symbolizes Christ’s suffering on the cross. It is more commonly known as the crown of thorns.
- This flower also resembles a rakhi which is worn on the wrist of every brother on Raksha Bandhan festival all over India as the symbol of a sister’s love for her brother.
Medicinal Applications :
Passionflower is used traditionally as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria.
A decoction of passion flower has been successfully used in bronchial asthma.
Early research indicated that an extract of passion flower was effective against the disturbance of menopause.
**Recommended Planters :**
As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).
If you don’t have a good soil for vegetables, you can also buy ready to use nutrient rich soil.
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.