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The name of this flower "Forget Me Not
" is quite well known not only in the United States but also in many countries including England, Germany and Japan as well. We are pretty sure that you have ever heard of the name of "Forget Me Not
" even if you are not familiar with its original German name "Vergissmeinnicht".Despite its famous name, we seldom find regular fresh flower arrangements using this particular flower
. We guess the reason behind this is that the size of petals is so small and stem is so thin which must make it difficult to use this flower as a primary element in floral arrangements. Also we are sure most floral designers have hard time to make a profound (or sophisticated) arrangement due to its tiny petals and thin stems.
Therefore this flower is used as a secondary element in most of fresh flower arrangements. Also once in a while, bouquets using this flower can be found. Meanwhile, as mentioned in the above, German name of this flower is Vergissmeinnicht which consists of three German words: vergiss mein nicht which can be directly replaced by English words: forget me not. According to Wikipedia, there is a story behind the name of this flower (Forget Me Not) . Following is a quotation from Wikipedia:
In 15th-century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armor he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not." It was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.
Above is the background why this flower is named (called) “Forget- me- not
” (“Fergissmeinnicht” in German). There are so many well-known stories originated in the Medieval Times in Europe. This is one of them.
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