Plant Ethnology, Myths, Legends, Folklore

This site section is dedicated to the legends, myths and folklore surrounding certain plants. Stories and allegories about plants exist in many cultures and traditions, from the early Mesopotamian people, to the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, ancient China, Mayans and Aztec empire, on to medieval times of Europe, the Victorian language of flowes, the art nouveau movement and what is still preserved in our modern world.

We just have to look into our own garden and surroundings, to find the plants whose folklore dates back centuries or millennia. Some have been brought here by the Romans, others were imported from the “new world” to old Europe. We look East, West, South and North, from the sakura blossoms of Japan to the white sage of Northern America, from the Hindu dhatura to the Jimson weed of Northern and the angel’s trumpet of Southern America. We delve – of course! – into the legends surrounding the mandrake of the Near East. We merely scratch the surface, when it comes to the wonderful flora of the Mediterraneans, the vast medicinal treasuries of the Africans and rain forests of Southern America. We find, almost every plant has a legend and its very own spirit – or “deva” – to it.

Step by step I will add here articles that focus on these special plants and herbs, which are most often also attributed “magical” or metaphysical properties. On this occasion I’d like to point out a very special friend’s website, who is an academic student of ethnobotany and whose expertise and council is invaluable. German visitors of this page are encouraged to visit her website at and leave feedback or engage in a conversation about nature spirituality.

After all, this is how we educate and develop our senses in an ever-changing world, where nature seems to play a lesser part, yet we face the greatest challenges in our development as civilized humans, who are still part of and dependent on this ‘wild nature’ that we ever yearn to transcend.

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