The Myth of the Anemone

Anemone is said to be the wind-flower. Writers say that it is a delicate flower that easily withers when the wind blows over it. There are others who claim that it only blooms when the wind blows on it. According to Greek mythology, Anemos, the wind, uses this fragile flower as an indication of his arrival in early spring while forests and hillsides still need foliage to break his breeze’s rude force. It is also believed to have been associated to Venus because of her tears. As the goddess was wandering through the forest, she witnessed the death of her youthful lover, Adonis. She pronounced that his body shall be transformed into a flower that blossoms during the spring as a reminiscence of her misery. Nectar was spread over his blood, and then a subtle flower sprang out of it. The flower opens as the wind blows over it and therefore was considered the wind-flower.

One myth says that its name came from the name of a beautiful nymph that Zephyr adored very much. Flora became extremely envious of Zephyr’s love for Anemone. So she exiled her from the courts and she died with a broken heart. Zephyr requested to Venus, who transformed her body into a flower which abides the name. It is believed that Zephyr fans her all the time with his wings.

No wonder that anemone is not considered to be a cheerful flower. The legends and stories behind its existence prove it all. Despite the disheartening background of this flower, it is still an astonishing addition to your garden. Its colors can add a merry and optimistic atmosphere on the dull spots of your garden. Anemones are remarkably beautiful flowering plants that serve to enhance the look and ambiance of any garden.