Windflowers are beloved in their native Mediterranean home because of their bright color and whimsical appearance. Their botanical name Anemone was derived from the Greek mythological word for wind gods, Anemoi. In ancient Greece, the altars of the goddess Venus were decorated with wreaths woven from these windflowers. Europeans during the Middle Ages believed these flowers had healing powers, so they laced necklaces woven from the flowers around the necks of the ill.
The common name for this flower, wind flower, is derived from the Greek word ánemos, which means wind. This wind flower, or anemone, has a history in Greek and Roman mythology. Aphrodite was in love with Adonis, and she kept him by her side past the curfew allowed by the Gods, thus triggering the vengeance of Persephone. Weeping for Adonis death, Aphrodite swore Adonis would live forever and this beautiful flower was born out of her tears. The flower in this image seems to stare forever, watching over everyone who appears in its presence.
March 15th, 2018
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