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"She has flowers in her hair and bluebirds singing around her head. Who did you think she was, the bringer of pestilence?"—Loki, Order of the Stick
A subset of Hair Decorations. Flowers have long been a symbol of femininity, and therefore young women (and those who are young at heart) sometimes wear them in their hair.
These can take the form of a daisy chain headband or a single flower (or bunch) placed in the hair. The flowers can be real or artificial.
- Fairly common in pornography -- it might be the only thing the woman is wearing. Funny, considering flowers are plant sex organs.
Anime & Manga
- Axis Powers Hetalia
- Hungary and Taiwan (pictured above). Hungary's is a geranium and represents Lake Balaton, and Taiwan actually wears the plum flower, the national flower of her country.
- Vietnam is sometimes drawn with lotuses in her ponytail, which also happen to be the country's national flower. Let's not forget the Nyotalia versions of Japan (who wears a chrysanthemum), China (who wears peonies on her hat), Spain, Sweden, and Hong Kong. Mangary also wears one in his ponytail.
- Fem!Japan is an especially notable example as the sketches for her have depicted her with no less than three different flowers in her hair: a yellow chrysanthemum in the earliest colored sketch of her, a pink sakura in a more recent colored sketch of her (complete with Cherry Blossoms cascading down on her), and a red spider lily in a colored sketch of her "dark" self. And all of these flowers have a special symbolic significance in Japanese culture.
- Just about every Rozen Maiden, Kirakishou in particular, who not only has roses in her hair but actually has a rose in place of her eye.
- When we first meet Nia in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann she has a flower ornament in her hair. Contrast this with resident Action Girl Yoko, who has a hair clip that looks like a skull.
- Naruto has the Akatsuki member Konan, with a paper flower in her hair at all times.
- Project A-ko: As mentioned in the parent trope, C-ko Kotobuki wears daisy barrettes in her hair.
- Uiharu from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun has a crown of flowers on her head, while Saten has just one. Uiharu hasn't given any sort of definite answer on what her flowers are or how they got there. During the School Festival, when someone points them out, her only response is "What are you talking about?"
- Lua Klein from Baccano wears a white flower in her hair.
- Milfeulle's standard hairdo in Galaxy Angel.
- In the final episode of Eureka Seven, the hairclip that Renton puts on Eureka has a flower on it.
- In Future War 198 X, the soldier Michael's ingenue girlfriend Marina wears a white flower in her hair. After she dies, he is seen looking at the flower in his hand while singing "Eidelwess", blasting the nuclear warhead without care of the consequences.
- Lycoris from Sorcerer Stabber Orphen has a hairband with a flower ornament. Given to her by her sister Esperanza. Whom she can't remember due to a mind-wiping spell. It's... complicated.
- Cordelia Glauca from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. It's not exactly symbol of femininity, though; if anything, it's probably part of her insanity projected into the real world. The other characters Lampshade Hanging how impossible it's that her hair is always adored with flowers from nowhere.
- Alicia in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, whose most prominent scene in the series is her playing innocently in an open field with her mother while wearing a daisy chain in her hair.
- Gertrud of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, in that she's female and that she has flowers in her hair. She's also a giant butterfly monster with a mass of what appears to be moss in place of hair, which has roses growing on it. Yeah.
- Portgas D. Rouge, Ishilly and an unnamed mermaid from One Piece.
- Ranma One Half. Akane sports a pair of flowers in her hair as part as her skating outfit for the Martial Arts Figure Skating arc. As well as Female!Ranma in the same story after an Instant Cosplay Surprise.
- Rea from Sanka Rea sports one of these. Cutest zombie ever!
- The witch Beatrice from Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
- Rose from Plus Anima.
- Though only a one time event, Casca from Berserk wore a bough of flowers in her hair during Griffith's celebratory ball. It added to her feminine appeal that fans remember all to well that drew Guts to her. Averted when she regains her sanity thanks to the Queen of the Fairies: she gets dolled up quite a bit, but her clothes and accesories have wing motifs instead.
Films -- Animation
- Michelle from Once Upon a Forest wears one. We get a close-up of it drifting to the ground and wilting after Michelle has her accident with the gas leak that renders her comatose.
- Ariel from The Little Mermaid, moments before and during "Under the Sea". Except, since she lives underwater, it's an anemone (which is more of an invertebrate animal than a plant).
- Rapunzel from Tangled gets a very complex version of this during the story, where Flynn has several girls braid her Rapunzel Hair into a huge plait laced with flowers.
Films -- Live Action
- In Love Takes Wing, Belinda wears a lovely headband of flowers for her wedding.
- In Sandy Mitchell's Warhammer 40000 Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand, Cain is astounded to see Amberley Vail as he had last seen her -- wearing a flower he had put behind her ear. It takes him a few minutes to realize that it's a sorcerous illusion.
- In the children's book Ferdinand the Bull, the ladies at the bull ring are described as wearing flowers in their hair.
- In Meredith Ann Pierce's Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood, the Nature Heroine Hannah actually grows useful plants appropriate to the season in her hair. This is a reader's first clue as to her true nature.
- Niecy Nash of Clean House ALWAYS wears a flower in her hair. Every. Single. Episode.
- In Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars this is Aeryn's only concession to the fact she's getting married.
- The same actress (Claudia Black, as Vala) wears a big white flower in her hair for her "non-date" with Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1.
- Guinevere from Merlin is often depicted with flowers in her hair, possibly to contrast with the higher-born Morgana, who wears jewels. Even when Guinevere gets an upgrade in social status, her jewellery is still in the shape of flowers.
- If you're goiiiing to Saaaan Fraaaanciscoooo / Be sure to weeear some flowers in your haiiir...
- Rachael Yamagata's song "1963."
I feel like I'm loving you in 1963
Flowers in my hair
Little bitty hearts upon my cheeks...
- One of the traits of the flower girl in The Cowsills' hit "The Rain The Park And Other Things".
- "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat features this set of lines:
You'll hear the music fill the air
I'll put a flower in your hair
- Sandi Thom wishes she was a punk rocker with flowers in her hair...
- The Sorcerer, where Lady Sangazure is under the spell of the Love Potion, and has cast her eyes on Mr. Wells:
Lady Sangazure: Love me! I'll stick sunflowers in my hair!
Mr. Wells: Hate me! They'll suit you not!
- In the opera Falstaff, Alice places a flower in her hair during her mock seduction of Falstaff.
- Ophelia is often represented this way in her mad scenes in older productions (and illustrations) of Hamlet.
- In one of the Bionicle animations, Hahli and Macku are seen with hibiscus flowers on their masks and wearing floral leis. Hahli puts her flower on Jaller and then runs away, prompting him to follow her. RoboShipping ensues.
- Marin from The Legend of Zelda Links Awakening wears a hibiscus flower in her hair.
- Marta in Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World.
- Milfeulle Sakuraba of Galaxy Angel. Also her sister, Apricot.
- Rydia from Final Fantasy IV, especially when she was younger.
- Players in Animal Crossing 2 and 3 can wear most flowers as a headgear.
- Gurdy in Final Fantasy XII.
- In City of Heroes, female characters who use leaves for hair can also choose to have a flower in it.
- Naomi of Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots put a blue rose in Sunny's hair to show how pretty she can be.
- Coco Bandicoot in the Crash Bandicoot series until Crash of the Titans.
- The game Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny introduces Kyrie Florian, the younger Florian sister who wears a flower in her hair and has a very pink motif. However, in contrast to her appearance, she has a cynical personality, a constant smirk on her face, and a fighting style that utilizes transforming guns, swords, and really big swords.
- Many Fire Emblem girls wear flowers or flower-shaped Hair Decorations in their hair:
- The player character of Tokimeki Memorial 2 puts one on the hair of prideful Tsundere Mei Ijuin in one of her special Events. The shy and embarassed look she has then is one big Squee moment.
- Beatrice of Umineko no Naku Koro ni has a large red flower in her hair, but she's not "good" (at first; it's complicated).
- Eutropia from Amazoness. This trope is also played with, since Eutropia is actually physically male, but he was raised as a girl.
- The page quote is from strip #501 of Order of the Stick. Incidentally, Kazumi Kato is also wearing a flower in her hair for her marriage.
- Tanna of Ears for Elves doesn't like wearing the wreaths of herublossoms at the Taurëcuiva Festival like the other women and girls, but Rolan thinks the flowers suit her.
- Lo from Stoked.
- Lacienega from The Proud Family
- Shrinking Violet in Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Dot from Animaniacs.
- Princess Amalia of Wakfu, pictured above. The big flower closes at night and even wilts when Amalia is dying in season 1 episode 7, so it is clearly a real one, kept alive by the Sadida's Green Thumb powers. It's not part of her hair, though, as she can still take it off. As if not enough, she sometimes adds another flower on the opposite side.
- Wendy from Peter Pan and The Pirates wears a wreathe of daisies on her head.
- Cindy Bear, girlfriend of Yogi Bear, wears a large daisy behind her ear.
- Helga from Hey Arnold gets this in "Helga and the Nanny" when her nanny Inga wants her to look more like a girl.
Arnold: Wow, Helga... you got flowers in your hair.
Helga: YEAH? Wanna MAKE something of it, Football Head!?
Arnold: No! I was just thinking they look kinda nice.
- Ami from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, along with Odango Hair.
- Jenny from Phineas and Ferb wears a flower in her hair to fit with her Granola Girl personality
- A 1980 study found that waitresses who wore flowers in their hair earned slightly bigger tips.
- Quite normal in the 1960s. Both men and women might wear flower decorations back then, but the iconic image of the 60s hippie is the "flower child", a serene woman wearing either a single daisy or a whole crown of'em.
- Blues singer Billie Holiday made this her signature look.
- Niecy Nash seems to do this quite often.
- A flower in the hair is an integral part of the imagery for the Tahitian "Vahiné" -- notably in Paul Gauguin's paintings.