Do you know the name of the Pretty Purple Flower?

The “Krishna Kamal” also known as “Passion Flower” is a pretty purple flower.

“Krishna Kamal” is an intricate flower.

Krishna Kamal in my terrace garden

The flower comprises five sepals and 5 petals. They are similar in appearance, surmounted by a corona of blue or violet filaments, then five greenish-yellow stamens and three purple stigmas.

I googled the scientific name for this flower, it is widely known as” Passiflora” and “Passion Flower”.

Wild Passion Flower "Maypop is undoubtedly the showiest of the native Passiflora species. It is an evergreen, flowering vine that climbs by tendrils. Its height and spread varies depending on the structure it climbs on. The flower is a spectacular pink and purple and generally reaches a width of 3 to 5 inches. Each unique flower lasts about one day, appearing in the summer and early fall. The flowers fill the plant, making maypop a fine flowering plant for most of Florida. The leaves have three lobes and smooth margins. Ovoid, green fruits are abundantly produced and can be found on the vine along with the flowers. Fruits are light weight and the flesh is spongy and white. They are attractive and edible (but not very tasty) and attain a diameter of 2 aA to 3 inches. Uses: Passionflower is used internally to treat nervous restlessness, sleep disorders, anxiety, neuralgia, irritability and overcoming the difficulty in falling asleep. The ripe passion fruits are eaten raw and can be made into jellies, jams, wines and fruit based drinks, while the flowers are made into syrup. Its narcotic properties cause it to be used in diarrhea and dysentery, neuralgia, sleeplessness and dysmenorrhea." passion flower stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

In India, this flower is known as Krishna Kamal or Mahabharata Flower.

The entire story of the epic “Mahabharata” is existing in this pretty purple flower.

The colour, shape, fragrance, leaves, every part of the flower is simply distinctive and beautiful.

Krishna Kamal resembles the Mahabharata –

There are about 100 purple petals, which represents each one of the 100 Kauravas.

The 5 yellow petals in the centre represent each one of the 5 Pandavas.

The green bulb in the centre represents the queen of the 5 Pandavas, Draupadi.

The three filaments represent the holy trinity of the three main gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

The radial in the centre is the Sudarshan chakra, which is the divine weapon of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna is the eighth incarnation of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Krishna Kamal holds major importance in both Christianity and Hinduism.

In Christianity, the Passionflower represents the suffering of Christ when he was crucified, as the corona of the flower looks similar to the crown of thorns worn by Christ.

Krishna Kamal Plant

purple petaled flowers

This beautiful Purple Passionflower plant grows rapidly.

These plants are perennial climbing vines with beautiful white flowers and purple, pink, or blue-coloured crowns.

The blooming period of the beautiful “Passionflower” is from May to July. But, it flowers almost all year-round.

The leaves of the “Krishna Kamal” are alternate and palmate. The leave arrangements are five-lobed and are 10–18 cms long and wide.

The “Passionflower” is a complex flower. It is about 10 cms in diameter.

Healing Uses of Krishna Kamal Flower

purple flower with green leaves

Passionflower is a beautiful ornamental plant. It is nurtured for its impressive white, blue, purple flowers and medicinal properties.

The Krishna Kamal plant can be used either dried or fresh for medicinal purposes.

The fresh or dried leaves of maypop are used to prepare “passionflower tea”, is calming in nature and can cure many illnesses.

The Krishna Kamal plant was first used by Native Americans as a relaxant, tonics and tranquillizer.

Later on, it reached Europe and now it is listed in the pharmacopoeias of Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland United States, India, France and others.

This medicinal herb is particularly beneficial in the management of disorders related to the brain.

Also, this herb must not be taken in additional amounts because this herb has sedative and tranquillizing properties.

Medicinal properties and benefits of Krishna Kamal

1.    Anti-addictive property:

This herb can prevent and treat addiction as it can stop chemical reactions that cause nausea and vomiting.

2.    Anti-asthmatic property:

This herb can prevent asthma attacks.

3.    Anticonvulsant property:

Reduces epileptic fits and other convulsions.

4.    Antidepressant property:

The suggested dosage is 4–6 g herb daily. Take flowers in a dose of 1–2 tablespoons per day to cure depression.

Passiflora flower Passiflora flower plant in the garden passion flower stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

5.    Antidiabetic property:

Help keep blood glucose levels in control. Passionflower has anti-diabetic properties; hence it is the best remedy for people with diabetes.

6.    Antiepileptic property:

It can significantly cure seizures.

7.    Anti-inflammatory property:

Passionflower consists of anti-inflammatory properties, hence can reduce inflammation.

Inflammation in the form of acne and redness of the skin can be cured by applying passionflower extracts as they offer relief to several skin conditions.

8.    Cures Insomnia

In case of insomnia or disturbed sleep due to mental worry and exhaustion, passionflower tea or its essence is considered very useful.

As you saw the benefits of the Passion Flower Plant, here is a way to grow this beautiful plant, in your garden.

Passions Flower Nahaufnahme einer Passionsblume.See my other passion flower stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

Grow Passion Flower Plant at Home

My Terrace Garden

These plants need fertile and well-drained soil.

You can grow passion flowers from seed or by planting its cuttings from a friend.

This plant is easily available in the plant nursery too.

For this plant vine, dig a hole three times the diameter of the root ball.

Remove the plant from the pot and wash off the potting soil around the root system.

Clip off any circling or rowdy roots and add the plant to the hole. Add water and fertile soil/ manure to this hole.

Keep passion flowers that need to be well-watered.

Tips For Growing Krishna Kamal Plant At Home

  • Passionflower plants grow fast.
  • So, plant them where their size can be maintained with annual pruning.
  • Passionflower plants need a good amount of sunshine and well-drained soil.
  • You can use fertilizers once in 6 months for best growth and blooms.
  • Try to keep the soil moist with the mulch. The mulch not only maintains the moisture but also protects the roots.
  • Passionflowers usually doesn’t need much attention.
  • You can remove the dried flowers and leaves to keep the plant tidy and pruning should be done in early spring to keep this fast-growing plant in bounds.
  • In areas where passion flowers bloom, so do their pests. Aphids, whiteflies and spider mites can be controlled by spraying insecticidal soap whenever you see the damage.
Close-Up Photo of a Passion Flower

Kingdom:     Plantae

Clade:         Tracheophytes

Clade:         Angiosperms

Clade:         Eudicots

Clade:         Rosids

Order:          Malpighiales

Family:       Passifloraceae

Subfamily:   Passifloroideae

Tribe:           Passifloraceae

Genus:         Passiflora

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  1. Hi it was an interesting read… I was aware of the Mahabharat connection with passion flower but Jesus’s crown was new.
    Thank you

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