2014-01-27

Antirrhinum¸ Dragon skull flower | Snapdragon Seed

Skull flowers | The Execrable Complexion of Snapdragon Seed Pods — The Antirrhinum, commonly known as the snapdragon, has been a popular garden plant for many years, and is also known as the dragon flower, its common name derives from the flower's resemblance to a dragon's head.

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

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Dragon skull Flower


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

Snapdragon Seed


Flower that looks like a skull — Concealing a snapdragon flower skull about the body was supposed to make a person appear gracious and fascinating. Perhaps it is for this reason that the snapdragon skulls were designated to symbolize deception and presumption in the Victorian language of flowers. However, a lady could also be sent to show gratitude to another - perhaps as a thank you for that marvelous anti-aging potion. Let's face it - those Charmed Ones can't be getting any younger.

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Snapdragon skull flower
Photo by Flickr User Ombrosoparacloucycle
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Snapdragon skulls
Photo by Flickr User Nancy Ouellet
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Photo by Flickr User Ombrosoparacloucycle
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Under an electron microscope the snapdragon pod looks, if anything, even more supernatural. Photo by Flickr Karin Jones

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Dead snapdragon flower

Photo by Flickr User 
Nex Ninek
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Photo by Flickr User Ombrosoparacloucycle
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Photo by Flickr User Emiliano Boga
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Photo by Flickr User Kath_Bar
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Photo by Flickr User Marcia
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Photo by Flickr User Kath_Bar
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Photo by Flickr User Summerbloomz Etc
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Skull orchid
Photo by Flickr User Marcia

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