This alabaster fantasy sculpture is Pantheus, the pansy Flowerspirit.
Most people have heard of Woodspirits or Greenmen, as they are sometimes called, but few have heard of (much less seen) Flowerspirits. Flowerspirits exist in every variety of flower form imaginable and are the mysterious (and very elusive) caretakers of woodland plants, just as Woodspirits are the caretakers of all the trees in the forest.
Pantheus is a kindly elder Flowerspirit. Though particularly fond of pansies — after all, he IS a pansy Flowerspirit — and violas and little Johnny-jump-ups, he looks out for all the plants and flowers in his section of the forest. He encourages them to grow, shows them the best spots to meet their needs, discourages evil, invasive plants from setting down roots, and spreads joy and good cheer. But watch out, if you treat his subjects badly!
Flowerspirits have magical powers. Disrespectful people, who trample those under his care or pick protected species, are likely to find vines winding around their feet and tripping them or poison ivy joining them in their sleeping bags or thorny plants scratching at them and blocking their way. Wild plants and shrubs thoroughly enjoy cooperating with their local Flowerspirit and getting back at mean humans.
Flowerspirits are not as short-lived as the plants they resemble. Each fall they snuggle into the woodland floor and sleep for the winter. They’re amongst the first to awaken in the spring and quickly settle into their nurturing mode.
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