The Passion Vine: Young botanists and taxonomists work hard to learn the basics to identify plants. Looking for rules often help – for example – flowers which have three of something tend to be monocots. Flowers which are four or five merous tend to be dicots. These early characteristics aid greatly in deducing what plant family and genus a specific plant may belong to. Of course as soon as you learn all of these helpful rules for classification and identification, along comes a plant seemingly hell bent on being difficult. Need an example ? I give you the passion flower. Long known for medicinal and spiritual qualities, there is nothing typical of this summer flowering native. The plant has three ovaries, five anthers and seems to carry six petals and sepals. A strange flower for sure. The key though is its nectar is extremely rich in sugar, thus the omni present pollinators. It just all starts to make sense after all.