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Apparently, an Augustine monk made a sketch of this New World blossom in the early 1600s and brought it back to Rome, where it caused quite a stir. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps providentially, each part of the flower could be linked to elements in the story of Christ's Passion. The 10 petals (actually five petals and five sepals) represented the 10 apostles at the crucifixion, the
I just know it as the purple passion vine.