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Vibrantly Colored Flowers Turn into Creepy Skulls When They Die

WOW...... Is this for real?

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The snapdragon or dragon flower is one of the most popular plants in gardens around Europe, United States, and North Africa. Named for its resemblance to a dragon’s mouth that opens and closes when lightly squeezed, this beautiful flower also has a dark side. When its petals wither away and fall off, they leave behind dried seedpods that look a lot like creepy tiny skulls.

One of the few plants to resemble something when alive and another thing entirely when dead, the snapdragon flower has inspired various legends ever since ancient times. According to one story, women who eat the tiny skull-like seedpods will regain their lost youth and beauty, while another says that scattering them throughout the house will protect residents from curses, sorcery and other evil things.

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 Concealing a snapdragon about the body was supposed to make a person appear gracious and fascinating. Perhaps it is for this reason that in the Victorian language of flowers, the snapdragon was designated to symbolize deception and presumption.

 
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When laterally squeezed the dragon will open and close it mouth: ask any grandparent whose flowers have been decimated by over keen but clumsy grandchildren. Yet once the flower has died, leaving behind the seed pod, something a little more macabre appears. The dragon – just a visual metaphor after all – appears to have a skull.

 


 
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Little wonder, then, that ancient cultures held the snapdragon to possess supernatural powers. They were thought to offer protection from deceit, curses and witchcraft if they were planted in your garden. Another myth maintains that they are able to restore youthfulness and beauty to any woman who ate them. It’s a wonder that the witches didn’t raid the gardens in which they grew to repair their own ravaged features.

 
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Unread post Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:54 am

So amazing Owls!! Goes to show that nature is the greatest artist and symbolism can be found within everything one way or another.

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Unread post Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:24 pm

That's cool

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Unread post Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:01 pm

My family used to have snapdragons, they were quite pretty....though in my youth I never found out about the skull shaped seedpods...pretty interesting find.

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