anemones – windflowers

There are over 120 species of anemones.  Its name is Greek and loosely translated means “daughter of the wind”.  In Greek mythology it was believe that anemones were born form Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. They were believed to bring good luck and guard against evil. Others believe, when the flower bows its head at night, fairies hide inside and when the flower closes its petals, rain will come. Symbolically the flower represents anticipation. Medicinally the plant has been used for emotional duress and cramps and some of the species are poisonous to humans. The pretty flower has no smell and is pollinated by insects.