Queen Anne’s Lace is a beloved wildflower that appears magically along the roadside late in the summer. This close up view shows the dramatic explosion of stems needed to hold up thousands of little white flower with a secret center dark red flower.
- Printed printed on 80 lb natural card stock.
- The card is 5 x 7 in with a 4 x 6 in centered image.
- The inside is blank
The Mystery of the Purple Flower
By Nana Kate
Late summer in Wisconsin the countryside is embellished with the delicate white froth of Queen Anne’s Lace. This prolific floral foreigner unfurls its grid of girders and beams to support hundreds of tiny white flowers, a design only a divine engineer could have imagined. Each flower is capable of producing a seed with the exception of a dark purple flower in the center.
I was not aware of this flower until I found it in one of my reference photos. Apparently the purpose of the sterile dark purple flower is a botanical mystery. Folklore suggests its namesake, the Danish Queen Anne, pricked her finger while making lace and a drop of blood fell on her handiwork and was forever displayed in the flower.
The drop of blood theory intrigued me, but instead of the Queen’s blood I thought about Christ’s blood. One drop of His blood was so powerful it could cover sin once and for all. It makes me wonder why an all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-powerful God loved me so much that He would suffer and die on my behalf? That too is an unsolved mystery, but thankfully I have an eternity to figure it out.
“how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? “ Hebrews 9:14