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Originally posted by SolarE-Souljah
How did it originate?
Nobody's quite sure, but it might have to do with a North African plant.
During the seventh century B.C., the city-state of Cyrene* had a lucrative trade in a rare, now-extinct plant: silphium. Although it was mostly used for seasoning, silphium was reputed to have an off-label use as a form of birth control.
The silphium was so important to Cyrene's economy that coins were minted that depicted the plant's seedpod, which looks like the heart shape we know today. The theory goes that the heart shape first became associated with sex, and eventually, with love.
Originally posted by Majestic RNA
The florists out there make a killing on this tradition, I went to a well known supermarket to get some roses for my fiancé yesterday and they wanted £58 for 24 wilting roses... it's just nuts! you could bye a whole bloody bush for that price plant it in ya garden and pick them at will..