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The Crown Imperial: The Blush of Shame

 

The official name for the Crown Imperial is Fritillaria Imperialis. Large yellow or red flowers hang like a wreath of bells from the stem of this striking bulbous plant. Those flowers do not hang without reason however. According to a legend, all flowers bowed in respect toward Jesus when he was on his way to Golgotha - all the flowers except for one. This one, the crown imperial, remained proudly (and a trifle arrogantly) upright. But when Jesus looked at the flower, it blushed with shame. Then, the flower humbly bowed its head. The sparkling drops of nectar that appear at the base of each flower are the tears that the flower has shed ever since that time. These tears are so big that they fall from the flowers when you touch the plant.