11″ X 17″ Bleeding Hearts art print on Parchment from Maxine Miller’s Magical Botanicals Plant Series.
This print depicts the BLEEDING HEARTS FLOWER ( DicentraSpectabilis) from this series.
Print is unframed and signed by Maxine Miller.
Bleeding hearts belong to the small dicentra genus, which is a member of the fumariaceae family. These blossoms, which are herbaceous perennials, are native to regions of North America and eastern Asia.
Because of its characteristic shape, the bleeding heart flower is at the center of many folkloric tales. One of the best known stories – which has many variations – is generally told directly through the anatomy of the plant itself. This story tells of a prince who tries to win the heart of a beautiful maiden by giving her gifts. With each gift, two of the petals are removed. Despite his attempts, the maiden continues to refuse the prince, and so he pierces himself through the heart – the heart having been formed with the discarded petals, the knife with the green stamen. The essence of the bleeding heart flower is said to open up and strengthen the heart chakra, which in turn causes a person to feel emotionally soothed and open to the possibility of new romance. It is thought to be especially useful after a heartbreak. These blossoms are also frequently used in love spells. One such spell includes braiding the flowers into your hair, lighting a white candle in honor of the goddess of love, and reciting a poem or incantation.
Although they may not be as common as other blooms, the bleeding heart flower can make a great romantic gift. These blossoms are almost exclusively considered a symbol of undying love, and are frequently given at weddings and special milestones like anniversaries or birthdays. These flowers make for a unique, stunning bouquet, but can also be given in gift baskets or as single-bud tokens of affection.
ANOTHER STORY OF THE BLEEDING HEART FLOWER
It is the story of the love of an old woman for an orphan child. Through her love she pricks her finger every day. The drop of blood becomes a seed that is used to create a magical necklace that she gives the young girl when she is old enough to attend a party at the castle. Each time she dresses in her old clothes and the necklace. When she approaches the castle, she repeats a charm that transforms her into such beauty. But as the days go by, she becomes arrogant and disrespectful of the old woman who raised her. One night she forgets the charm and in her selfish arrogance breaks the necklace and the seeds scatter on the ground next to the castle wall. She marries the prince and as the days go by in bliss she forgets the giving old woman. One day she sees the most unusual flower growing by the wall. It is shaped like a heart with a drop of blood falling from it. As she admires it, the flowers remind her of the love she neglected. In shame, she tells her new husband and they bring the old woman into the castle to live and give her back all she had given the young girl. Now as you look upon the unique bleeding heart, think of sacrificial love and all that goes into it.
Artist: Maxine Miller
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