Passion Flower - This is the Tennessee State Wildflower. Symbolically, the varied parts of this flower represent the Passion of Christ (hence the flowers name). The ten petals of the flower represent 10 disciples of Christ (missing are Judas and Peter). The 72 gnarled filaments symbolize the crown of thorns with a blood red inner fringe symbolizing the wounds caused by the thorns. Representing the five sacred wounds (hands, feet, head & side) are the five stamen with anthers. The 3 stigma symbolize the nails. The abundant and beautiful leaves are shaped like the head of a lance or pike like the spear that pierced the side of Jesus, while the underside of the leaf is marked with dark round spots signifying the thirty pieces of silver, that Judas was paid to betray Christ.
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