Crazy plant stories
Cursed begonias
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Cursed begonias

The 13th of the month makes me think about how my grandma used to fear certain plants due to their “magical powers”. It always made my eyes roll all the way to my brain :P. But, the stories on how the plants became notorious are actually quite interesting and often funny. ⠀⠀⠀⠀

For example, the Begonia’s symbolism of cautiousness comes directly from the translation of the name. This unusual moniker for the plant was chosen by the French botanist who discovered it, Charles Plumier.

The Begonia is also an interesting flower because it has certain connotations, which are less than positive – some people believe that Begonia’s flowers can induce negative thoughts. In cultures all over the world people begonia flowers are associated with something bad. We may know the Begonia as a symbol of warning, as well as a symbol of cautiousness. Aside from that watchfulness, the Begonia also represents connections between people and good communication. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Do you know any “cursed” plants? In my family there had always been a superstition about cacti driving money away, and ivy apparently sapped sexual energy. There are also some plants bringing luck. But this is a whole other story.

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