Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Photographs, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

The Gloriosa daisy also known as Rudbeckia Gloriosais a perennial. It returns each spring from the same roots and forms ever-expanding clumps of beautiful yellow, daisy-like flowers.  Developed in the 1950’s, it’s yellow like its parent flowers, the Black-eyed and Brown-eyed Susan, but is often graced with a mahogany-brown starburst marking.

My search for the sacred meaning of this flower unexpectedly led me to a photograph of the Flight 93 Memorial National Park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Surrounding the image of a seventeen-ton boulder which marks the spot where the airplane crashed on that fateful day, September 11, 2001, there stands a field of wild flowers with many tall, stunning examples of Rudbeckia Gloriosa growing around it.  These beauties grace the site where forty-four brave people died on the most infamous day in modernAmerica.

In my research, I discovered that the Black-eyed and Brown-eyedSusan, from which the Gloriosa daisy was bred, are considered to promote the healing of painful or traumatic emotions. These flowers also assist in self-growth, self-awareness issues and allow us to embrace emotions that have previously been avoided or repressed.  How curious, I thought, that these flowers found this site to grow.

And then it all came together for me. The beautiful Rudbeckia is a hybrid, a joining together of two simple flowers, much as we Americans are a joining of many people who have made a greater nation because we came together. It seems fitting that it is prominently seen in such a place of national attention and self-sacrifice.

 

~J.K. Ingersoll~

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