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Why is this called the Black Widow?


By Ajay

London, United Kingdom Gb

I have always wondered why this is called the Black Widow? Can anyone enlighten me?




Hi Ajay. I've seen it called a mourning widow before, apparently because the purple of the flowers looks sultry.

31 Jan, 2007


Mourning widow the flowers hold themselves down

11 Feb, 2007


I think it is to do with the purple colour of the flowers. In Christian symbolism, the colour purple is associated with mourning. This colour asociation extends even beyond Christendom. For instance, purple-coloured cloth is used to signify mourning and death in the Pacific Islands (the recent Royal death in Tonga being a case in point).

20 Feb, 2007


Thank you for your answers

24 Feb, 2007


It's also called Dusky widow...or dusky's a geranium.

28 Jul, 2008


Geranium phaeum, useful for shady places and seeds about gently. The Mourning Widow.

2 Oct, 2011


Goldfinches like the seeds.

21 Feb, 2012


Also supposed to be that the flowers resemble the bonnets worn by widows.

29 May, 2012

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