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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wildflower Beauty



Resembling something of an underwater sea-creature, the Passion Flower resides far from the ocean, in land-locked Tennessee.
It was first named as the official state flower in 1919 and then in 1939 the iris was also named the state flower. In 1973 legislation was passed designating the passion flower as the state wildflower and the iris as the state cultivated flower.

Also known as the maypop, wild apricot and the ocoee, passion flowers grow wild in the southern United States and South America. Ocoee is the Indian name for the passion flower (also used in the name of the Ocoee River and valley in Tennessee and the city of Ocoee in Florida). American Indians considered ocoee the most beautiful of flowers.
I can't help but agree.

9 comments:

L. D. said...

I remember this flower of yours. It still does not look like a real plant. It is beautiful.

Kathy said...

I have never seen this flower before. How beautiful! It almost looks fake, it's so unusual.

DJan said...

It is incredibly beautiful and really doesn't look like it could exist naturally. Thank you for introducing me to it :-)

Country Gal said...

Strange yet beautiful . Yes that's what I though it was at first was a under water sea creature lol ! Lovely photo ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

SimplySingleSenior said...

It is so intricate and beautiful. I have never tried growing them -- I may have to give them a try.

NotesFromAbroad said...

Do they have a wonderful scent or are they all looks and no scent :)

Betsy Brock said...

I'm not sure I've ever seen one of those! I love it! Amazing.

Susie said...

JO, That is an unusual looking flower and so beautiful. I would love to grow some here. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Elizabeth P said...

I have to agree as well!