Mar. 31, 2022
blood-drops, Adonis annua
Adonis? He was just too pretty, and wound up being slain by a wild boar sicced on him by jealous Persephone. Where his blood drops landed these flowers sprang up. Blood-drops became part of the festivals of Adonis. Those were celebrations of the death and rebirth of nature in which only women participated. The flowers were planted ahead of time, and cut on the first day as part of mourning for Adonis. This Eurasian has been planted here, though I'm unaware of any accompanying festivals. But it's worth considering, ladies! Blood-drops have been reported from AL, AR, ID, KY, LA, MO, MT, TN, TX, WA, MB, and ON. Beal Gardens, MSU, 7/26/12. Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.