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Golden Helenium A6 Card

Golden Helenium A6 Card


A6 tent fold card with a photograph of sunny, golden Helenium autumnale 'Wyndley' flowers on the front and a quotation from the poem ‘Flowers’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on the reverse side. The card is left blank inside for your own personal message and comes with a white envelope.

  • Floral Notes

    Helenium autumnale 'Wyndley' flowers bloom from June to August. Heleniums are a member of the 'sunflower' family of plants native to the Americas. In olden times the dried leaves of this plant were used to make snuff and hence it was given the common name 'sneezeweed'. Sneezing was believed to expel malevolent spirits from the body and so Heleniums were attributed with the power to protect from evil and associated with healing.

    The Helenium's name was inspired by the legend of Helen of Troy, wife of Menelaus (king of Sparta) and allegedly the most beautiful woman in the world. Sometimes these flowers are known simply as 'Helen's Flower'. The legend says that when Helen was captured following her affair with the handsome Trojan prince, Paris, and brought before her husband, she fell to her knees weeping and begged his forgiveness. Her tears fell upon the ground and where they touched the earth, golden Helenium flowers sprang up in their place to comfort her in her sorrow. For this reason, Heleniums have come to symbolise tenderness and tears.

    The Helenium is the birthday flower for those born on 2nd September.

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