Vitality of Spring Flowers
      The long, monotonous winter finally decided to leave, and the lively spring made her visit. In March, young buds of flowers sprout despite stinging winds and cold. Among all that stands out is adonis whose vitality melts down ice above its bud. As it blooms in the snow and ice, adonis gained several nicknames—snow lotus and ice flower.
How can the fragile wild flowers live in the snowfield? Around each flower, ice and snow melt down forming a circle, as if someone has blown one’s breath. Was it the flower’s breath that melted down snow? This question can be answered easily after a simple experiment. If we measure the temperature of the inside of a flower, when the temperature of the environment falls to minus 1.2°C, the result is astonishing: the flower’s internal temperature is 11°C. Each flower, using its internal temperature, melts down ice little by little for survival. Flowers’ struggle against the odds for survival is rather miraculous.
And why does adonis bloom earlier than any other flowers? Living under tall deciduous trees, the short adonis cannot proceed photosynthesis once the trees’ leaves begin to grow, as they block the sunlight. No photosynthesis eventually means no production of seeds. Thus, the only way for adonis to reproduce is to change its life cycle. Adonis grows and blooms before the leaves of trees grow, in order to survive.
Adonis lives for several years; moreover, due to its strength that overcomes cold, people present the flower as gift to the elderly during January, wishing for their longevity and health.