Weekly Puzzler #134: Green Fruit & Purple Flower

On a recent visit to that field I had been spending a lot of time I found this one flower, blooming close to the ground. Upon further investigation, I discovered a small green fruit attached to the plant.

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Here are the leaves from this “mystery” plant

Do you recognize this? Have you seen it before in a field near you? What is its name?

It is this week’s puzzler. If you can identify it, use the comment box below for your chance to be entered in this quarter’s drawing–on the first day of winter. All correct answers will automatically be entered.

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6 Comments

  1. Rose Szabo October 22, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    I call this a Passion flower (vine)…….I have them growing ALL over my yard. I’ve been meaning to research what to do with the fruit……

    • Sharon Mammoser October 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

      Rose, thanks for guessing. Do you live here in WNC? I have some caterpillars that feed on it and unfortunately, their field was mowed so now I have nothing to feed them. Maybe if you are in town I could meet you to get some! Let me know your thoughts.

  2. Colleen Gilgenbach October 22, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    I don’t know what it is but I love it!
    What a cool flower

    • Sharon Mammoser October 22, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

      You would love it even more if you could see it in person. So 3-D and interesting! It seems so elaborate. I will have to look up to learn what can be done with the fruit.

  3. Hon October 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    It appears to be Vanilla Ice holding the fruit of a Passion Vine