An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.
Passionflower - Passiflora incarnata - family: Passifloraceae (Passion Flower Family).
This is a hardy woody perennial vine that can climb to over twenty-five feet high. It has finely-toothed deeply lobed dark green leaves. In the spring, summer and fall it produces large fragrant flowers of white, red and lavender. The flowers are followed by edible greenish-yellow-to-orange colored egg-shaped fruits which contain dark brown seeds. These fruits are traditionally used in beverages, jellies, jams and desserts. Traditional Native American and American pioneer use of tea made from leaves as remedy for epilepsy, eye irritations and nervous conditions. Modern European folk use of leaves as a remedy for headache and Parkinson's disease. Modern American folk use of leaves as a remedy for attention deficit disorder (ADD), back pain and stress. Traditional Native American and American folk use of leaves as a poultice for bruises, burns, skin irritations and wounds. Traditional American folk use of leaves as a remedy for anxiety, asthma, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure and insomnia. Approved by the German Commission E as a remedy for anxiety, insomnia and nervousness. Traditional American folk use of roots as a poultice for earaches. Under the name Mukkopira, Passionflower was used as one of the Ayurvedic medicinal herbs. Note: possible side effects may include diarrhea, indigestion, nausea or vomiting. Note: avoid using during pregnancy or while nursing. Note: may be toxic in large doses. State flower of Tennessee. Native to southeastern United States. Cultivated as an ornamental in North America. At least one cultivar exists.
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