Some weeks ago when I read about the violet on Bill's blog, I wrote a comment and told him that my favorite is the Heartsease. Than I got a mail from one of his other readers with a photo of Heartsease from this persons garden in Germany. I was told that they call it Little stepmother which is almost the same name as we have for this little beauty. I will now share the story about how she got her name.
Stepmother and her daughters
The lower and more yellow petal symbolizes the stepmother who sit on two cushions / chairs. Turn on the flower and see the two green sepals at the bottom of her petals. She sits on them with a yellow butter dish in her knee. The middle two petals on either side of her are her own daughters, who sit on the opposite cushions (sepals) and also at a comfortable distance from the butterdish. The two slightly narrower petals are her two step-daughters, who huddle together and are forced to share a pad and they almost don't reach the good butter. So they will have to eat their sandwiches without any butter.
But I have also heard another story which explains that the yellow color is porridge that the stepmother only gives to her own daughters. (A cruel story....)