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Venus and Adonis Anemone Flower

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Anemone Flower

After Adonis is killed by the wild boar, Venus creates the anemone flower from his blood. To some, this flower has come to represent the goddess's short-lived lover.

This particular flower seems like a good choice to represent the fallen Adonis for a couple of reasons:

  1. The blossoms of the flower can be bright red – the color of blood;
  2. Its blooms only last for a short while before the wind blows them away, reminding some of Adonis's short but beautiful life.

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