Strategic Metamorphosis No 1: “Heliotrope”

“Heliotrope” is both a type of flowering plant and a type of mineral. Its Greek etymology means to “turn toward the sun.” In Ovid’s Metamorphosis, the water-nymph Clytia was the rebuffed lover of Helios, god and personification of the sun. In despair, she sat naked on the rocks and looked longingly at her former lover shining in the sky above, and after nine days she was transformed into the genus of plants now known as heliotropes, plants which keep their blooms turned toward the sun.

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