The gig's up. The mystery's solved. The Flickr Pix of the Week was Passiflora 'Incense'.
One of this hybrid's parents is commonly known as Maypop, and just about everything I know about the plant — also known as Passiflora incarnata — I found out this week from you.
All I'd hoped was to tease out a few passiflora experts with our Talking Plants Flicker Pix of the Week. And I did find a few.
But I'm happy to report I got way more than I bargained for. Click here and you will, too.
For instance: Chris has learned not to kill caterpillars (right, Chris?) because they could turn into Gulf Fritillary butterflies; Jason uses the plant's flowers to make tea; Michelle used to pretend the flowers were ballerinas, with three sets of arms and three heads; and Serene has a recipe for passiflora juice.
In addition: it's the Tennessee state wildflower, it's rich with Christian symbolism, and it does a wicked imitation of that creature immortalized in the 1958 classic, The Purple People Eater.
Finally, I'm aware of at least one person in our community who did NOT use a search engine to come up with the mystery plant's name. Congrats, Tai Haku.
I send you off into the weekend with the maypop memories of a Glasgwegian. Here's the last two stanzas of Where The Passion Flower Grows, by a fellow flower-lover, Charles M. Moore.
Feel your mind exploding
in the heavy scented air
experience the shiver
as you're captured unaware