The Dragon Tree (Dracaaena Draco) Ladies yoga pants depicting the dragon Ladon, an ancient dragon that had 100 heads and spoke in as many different voices.
When Juno — the queen of the gods and mother of Mars — was married, her mother Gaia gave her three golden apples as a gift and set the dragon Ladon to guard them in the Garden of the Hesperides.
Herakles, also known as Hercules, intending to steal the golden fruit in the garden, killed the dragon Ladon and from this creature’s blood sprang forth the Dracaena or dragon tree. As a reward for giving his life in protection of the golden apples, Juno then placed Ladon amongst the stars in the constellation Draco that even now wraps itself around the north star magically boosting the power of defense, war and new works.
Dramatizing this legend, the sap from this tree is an incredible blood red color, full of red pigments and resins very nearly resembling the blood of a dragon. The Guanches, who worshiped this tree, revered a specimen in Tenerife in the 1400s said to be thousands of years old, which was finally destroyed by a storm in 1868.
The resins in this “dragons blood” have been coveted for centuries. It was used by Stradivarius to color, enrich and create the resonance so well known in his famous violins. The natives also used it in the process of mummification. They made shields from its bark, colored their hair red with the fragrant resinous sap and hollowed out dead trees for beehives.
During their conquests, the Spanish finally over-harvested this tree for its valuable assets until it became a protected species, as it is known today.
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