"Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose, Water Elder, European Cranberrybush, Cramp Bark, Snowball Tree) is a species of Viburnum, native to Europe and Asia. The common name ‘Guelder Rose’ appears to have originated because a popular cultivar, the Snowball tree supposedly first originated in the Dutch province of Gelderland.
This bush’s symbolical roots can be traced into the Slavic paganism of millennia ago. According to a legend Kalyna was associated with the birth of the Universe, the so-called Fire Trinity: the Sun, the Moon, and the Star. Its berries symbolize blood and the undying trace of family roots. Kalyna is often depicted on the Ukrainian embroidery. In Slavic paganism kalyna also represents the beauty of a young lady which rhymes well in the Ukrainian language: Ka-ly-na - Div-chy-na.”
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I’m doing my Advanced Metals project based on this flower and its relation to my hometown in Russia and my childhood.