There are many kinds of flowers in this world. Each flowers has its own beauty and characteristics. And flowers actually have its own story, even from the old times. So, what kind of flower stories that based on Greek Mythology? Check this out!
Paeon is well known as a healer because they working under the instruction of Asclepius, the God of medicine. They also healing the wounds of Gods Hades and Ares. But, Ascelpius become jealous of his student and threatened to kill him . Then, Zeus, the king of the Gods, stepped in with an act of divine intervention to save Paeon by transforming him into a peony flower.The myth of Paeon actually have some basis in reality, because the peony was used for a variety of medicinal and health purposes in ancient times, including for pregnant women.
The Greek myth of the sunflower began with the story of the nymph Clytie who is consumed love for the sun God Helios. But unfortunately, Helios is more interested in her sister, Leucothoe. Because of that, Clytie tells their father about her sister’s affair with the God, by burying Leucothoe alive. Strangely, this kind of action help Clytie to win Helios’ affections. He continues to spurn her and let her strips naked while sitting on a rock for nine days doing nothing but staring at the sun. Without food or water, she slowly being wasted away and turns into the heliotrope (aka turnsole or sunflower).
The hellebore or more well known as Christmas rose, was used by the ancients for a variety of medicinal purposes, such as treating paralysis, gout and insanity. And in one particular legend, it was also used to cure the madness of the daughters of the King of Argos. Being cursed by Dionysus, the God of wine, many of the poor women of Argos are rampaging naked around the streets. They also crying and screaming, most likely on a Saturday night around the town centres. Fortunately, a renowned soothsayer and animal talker called Melampus of Pylos turns up bearing a good supply of hellebores, which he used to help cure the women of their malaise. Lastly, a happy ending comes for our heroes of Greek legend. For his gratitude, Malampus is allowed to take a third of the goods of the city of Argos.
There are so many types of flowers in this world. Each flowers also has their own shape, uniqueness and scent. Actually, there are some interesting facts about flowers that you should know. Check this out!
The flowers are usually large, showy and brightly coloured, generally red yellow or white. They often have a different coloured blotch at the base of the tepals (petals), internally. In 17th Century Holland, Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold! The flower symbolized immortality, life and love. In 1630’s a kind of frenzy for tulips occurred in Western Europe named “Tulip mania” and tulips became so expensive as to be treated as a form of currency. Tulips grown from seeds often need five to eight years before plants are of flowering size.Tulips lifespan is very short, being 3 to 7 days.
Angelica is a genus of about 60 species of tall biennial and perennial herbs in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, reaching as far north as Iceland and Lapland and Greenland. They grow to 1–3 m (3 ft 3 in–9 ft 10 in) tall, with large bipinnate leaves and large compound umbels of white or greenish-white flowers. Angelica was used in Europe for hundreds of years as a cure for everything from the bubonic plague to indigestion. Because it resembles celery in odor and appearance, Angelica sometimes known as a wild celery. Alternative medicine practitioners say that Angelica is a good herbal tea to take for colic, gas, indigestion, hepatitis, and heartburn. It is useful to add in remedies for afflictions of the respiratory system, as well as liver problems and digestive difficulties.
Lotus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species. Several species are culvivated for forage, including L. corniculatus, L. glaber, and L. pedunculatus. They can produce toxic cyanogenic glycosides which can be potentially toxic to livestock, but also produce tannins, which are a beneficial anti-bloating compound. The lotus was considered a sacred flower by ancient Egyptians and was used in burial rituals. This flower blooms in rivers and damp wetlands, but may lie dormant for years during times of drought, only to rise again with the return of water. Egyptians viewed it as a symbol of resurrection and eternal life. While others view the flower as a symbol of beauty, grace, purity and serenity.
Helianthus or sunflower is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae. The common name, “sunflower”, typically refers to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus, or the common sunflower, whose round flower heads in combination with the ligules look like the sun. The genus is one of many in the Asteraceae that are known as sunflowers. Albeit with dispute from some quaters said that the sunflower head track’s the sun’s movement, a phenomenon known as heliotropism. The Sunflower head is actually made of many tiny flowers called florets. Sunflowers are usually tall annual or perennial plants that grow to a height of 300 centimetres (120 in) or more. They bear one or more wide, terminal capitula (flower heads), with bright yellow ray florets at the outside and yellow or maroon (also known as a brown/red) disc florets inside. M.Heijmf in the Netherlands grew the tallest sunflower which stood at 25′ 5.5″ tall in 1986. Sunflower seeds are rich in oil, which they store as a source of energy and food; its seeds are crushed to produce sunflower oil for cooking.
A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae, or the flower it bears. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach seven meters in height. Roses are related to apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds. Rose hips (the berry-like fruit structure of rose) of some species of rose are amongst the richest source of Vitamin C. They are used to make jams, jellies and also brewed for tea. In ancient Egypt, roses were considered as sacred flowers. Ancient Egyptians used them during funerals to form a beautiful wreath on the tomb stone. The flower was used to serve the Goddess Isis in a sacred ritual. Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown for their flowers in the garden and sometimes indoors. They have been also used for commercial perfumery and commercial cut flower crops.