Today’s Flower of Power
Growing on the walls of the steps leading to the edulis Restaurant you will see two showy climbers. The evergreen highly scented white-flowered plant is Star Jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, a native of eastern and south-eastern Asia. Growing with it, the very showy passion flower is a form known of Passion Flower ‘Lavender Lady’, a very old UK hybrid. After the much more widely grown Passiflora caerulea, it is one of the hardier forms, despite its exotic appearance. The flowers of the plant is a reference to Christ on the cross, with the filaments representing a crown of thorns, the three stigmas the nails and the five anthers his wounds.
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