As creative floral designers come up with eyecatching and unique floral arrangements especially for Valentine's Day, the season of love; mother nature in its own amazing way brings a flower species that relates so much to this season. This is the Lamprocapnos also known as the bleeding heart.
This unique heart shaped flower is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family Papaveraceae, native to Siberia, northern China, Korea and Japan. In a moist and cool climate, it will grow in full sun, but in warmer and drier climates it requires some shade.
There is a legend from Japan which tells a story of how the bleeding heart flower came to be. In the story, a young man tried win the love of a young lady. He did this by giving a pair of rabbits (which are the first two petals of the flower), a pair of slippers (which are the next two petals of the flower), and finally a pair of earrings (which are the last two petals of the flower) to the girl. She continued to reject his affections, and, heart-broken, he pierced his heart with his sword (the middle part of the flower) which caused the bleeding heart.