Gods and Goddesses associated with Plants

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Gods and Goddesses associated with Plants
1. Pick a flower from below and draw the god or goddess it is named for in an action pose.
2. Invent a new flower and a story about how it got its name. Draw the flower and write the story.

It is believed that Peony is named after Paeon (also known as Paean), a healing deity, who had healed Hades’ and Ares’ wounds. The related flower myth says that Paeon was a student of Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing. He was once instructed by Leto (Apollo's mother and goddess of fertility) to obtain a magical root growing on Mount Olympus that would soothe the pain of women in childbirth. Asclepius became jealous and threatened to kill his pupil. Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. Peony seeds were used by pregnant women in ancient times.

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