pas·​sion·​flow·​er ˈpa-shən-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce passionflower (audio)
: any of a genus (Passiflora of the family Passifloraceae, the passionflower family) of chiefly tropical woody tendriled climbing vines or erect herbs with usually showy flowers and pulpy often edible berries

Illustration of passionflower

Illustration of passionflower

Examples of passionflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The beautiful gold tin includes 12 sachets of organic, non-caffeinated chamomile tea with hints of linden blossom, passionflower and jujube seed, that combine to make a stress-busting blend. Sarah Rose,, 2 Nov. 2023 Ancestors of the ornamental orchid, magnolia and passionflower families, grass and potato families, the medicinal daisy family, and the herbal mint family all shared Earth with the dinosaurs. Jamie Thompson, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2023 This blend features premium-grade hemp, chamomile, lavender, passionflower, and moringa leaves that work together to create a soothing flavor profile. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2023 The ingredients in these treats include things like chamomile, passionflower, and L-theanine. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 May 2022 Crafted with natural ingredients such as chamomile, passionflower, and valerian root, these chews will keep your cat calm and collected in stressful situations! Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2023 With ingredients like passionflower and ashwagandha, Anxie-T helps to ease stress and anxiety without the unwanted side effects of prescription medication. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 May 2023 On the other hand, to provide a more soothing experience for those in need of restorative benefits, MUD\WTR has combined rooibos tea with reishi, turkey tail, and calming herbs like valerian root and passionflower. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2023 Chrysin is a naturally occurring flavonoid that can be harvested from many different plants, including passionflower. Larry Carroll, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'passionflower.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


from the fancied resemblance of parts of the flower to the instruments of Christ's crucifixion

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passionflower was in 1633

Dictionary Entries Near passionflower

Cite this Entry

“Passionflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!