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The State Flower of Tennessee. A fast growing perennial woody vine native to the tropical Americas, it can span up to about thirty feet in length and produces a yellowish, edible fruit. It has white to pale Lavender flowers of about two inches across with edible berries. The fruits ripen only in warm, sunny climates, and the vine thrives in well-drained, sandy soil in the sun. The Spanish explorers of the sixteenth century were astounded by the beauty of this exotic climbing vine that resembled elements of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and so named it the Passion Flower in honour of the agonies of Christ.

It is regarded as one of the best herbal tranquillizers for chronic insomnia and is completely non-addictive it is a very gentle and effective sedative that has a depressant effect on the central nervous system and has been a reliable remedy for nervous, menopausal and premenstrual tension, irritability, and fatigue and tension headaches. The Passion Flower has also been used successfully in treating hyperactive children and thought to relieve hypertension and lower Blood pressure. Some tests claim that it relaxes the walls of the arteries, which may be useful for maintaining good heart health.

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