The Bleeding Heart
is an unusual flower, shaped as a heart. There is an old Japanese
legend. A young man tried win the love of a young lady. He did this by giving a pair
of rabbits (the first two petals of the flower), a pair of slippers (the next two
petals of the flower), and finally a pair of earrings
(the last two petals of the flower) to
the girl. She continued to reject him, and, heart-broken, he pierced his heart with his sword
(the middle part of the flower).
The first Bleeding Heart
sprung from the place where he died.