The aromatic Laurus casts a gentle scent in the night air, as it cools from its bath in the day’s sun. In cities across the Mediterranean it grows in courtyards, and shady avenues. It’s leaves, shaped like the playing card suit of spades, have been used in traditional medicines. This usefulness and ubiquity may have been what caused it to be named daphne by the Ancient Greeks, after the mythic mountain nymph who was a Priestess of Mother Earth, or Gaia. The Laurus leaves are also strongly associated with victory and achievement, having been used to fashion wreaths in Ancient Greece to crown those who were of the highest status and accomplishment.
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