Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Kerria Pleniflora

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From Exotic Flowers.com:

Bachelor Buttons are one of the most striking gifts we are blessed with during the summer months and luckily, they seem to spring up almost anywhere. They are deemed an old blossom associated with traditional times and are typically seen in English-styled postcards and paintings. The flower’s happy blue faces are enough to make anyone smile along with their delicate shaped heads stretching out like tiny individual stars. Otherwise known as “Bluebottles”, Bachelor Buttons are common across the northeast and grow like weeds where you least expect them, especially within wheat fields where they receive their symbolism of “opulence”.

There have been a few surprise sighting throughout history, one of which was during the excavation of an Egyptian tomb. When archeologists went to explore King Tutankhamen’s crypt, the last thing they expected to find amongst gold was a wreath still intact made out of these indigo wonders.

Dating even before King Tutankhamen, myth says that the Bachelor Button was even tied to Greek Mythology when Chiron was attacked with an arrow but cured with the flower’s powerful nectar. This soon became the basis for making the blossom signify “protection” and “healing”. Interestingly enough, Bachelor Buttons are proven to possess medicinal properties when the petals are soaked in boiling water. If the heads are then placed on a person’s eyelids, they are supposed to be soothing and capable of alleviating issues like puffiness or redness.

Along with it being symbolic of “delicacy”, “purity of feelings” and “good fortune”, the flower is said to be able to tell the future outcome of a new relationship. Place one head in your pocket and if the flower is still alive the next day, the couple will have a long future together.

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