The other day my mom sent me another picture from the garden back home, this one of the first flower of the season on my maypop or purple passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata):
Maypop (Passiflora incarnata)
I find this feisty native of much of the eastern United States much showier than its much more well- known and widely grown South American relative the blue passionflower (Passiflora caerulea), although both arguably fall short of the floral glories of some of their more glamorous tropical cousins. Moreover, the flowers have a unique powdery fragrance which I rather like. Then again, it is so far anyway the only passionflower that I am able to grow permanently planted outside in Michigan, so for that alone I would appreciate it even if its other charms were not so pronounced. With all that it has going for itself, I definitely hope that it will find more use in gardens than it currently does.