Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wildflower Beauty

One of the sure signs, that Summer is waning, is the return of the Passion Flowers.
 




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.
 

13 comments:

Patsy said...

Never had one in my garden. They are different, didn't know about it being a state flower of Tennessee.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a beautiful looking flower, lovely photograph.

All the best Jan

Henny Penny said...

That;s interesting. I'm pretty sure the passion flower grew wild along the dirt road where we lived when I was a teenager. I'm thinking the may pop and passion flower are the same flower?? It is so beautiful! Think I will look that up now. :)

Susie said...

Jo, What a wild looking flower...but so pretty. Yes, I feel summer is waning...makes me rather sad. I love our summertime, don't you? I loved the sunset photo from your previous post. Awesome !!! Blessings, xoxo, Susie

L. D. said...

It is a flower that I have ever seen only on your blog. It is beautiful and almost not believable when looking at it. The colors are so wonderful.

DJan said...

I think it's one of the most beautiful flowers I've ever seen! Thank you for sharing it with me. :-)

Angela Gabhart said...

Gorgeous! I grew up in Tennessee and had no idea it was our state "wildflower". Thanks for sharing:)

Henny Penny said...

How dumb of me! :) I was looking at the picture again and noticed that you mentioned maypop in your post. I did read what your wrote, really I did. Must be my age. :)

Annie said...

Summer seemed very short and now just a bit over a month left.
The Passion flower was my high school graduation class theme flower.
Why we needed a flower was anyone's guess but there you have it!
No internet meant no photos of one so a class artist drew it.. badly.
They are elegant in person.

Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

Your photos always inspire me.

Rain said...

Oh look at that! I've never seen a passionflower! But I take some daily to help with anxiety, go figure lol! :)

Collie222 said...

I've never seen one before! Makes our wildflowers up here in New England look rather ordinary!

Jayne said...

They really are unusual and beautiful blooms!