The Live Flowers
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First Appearance

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

Original Publisher


Created by

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (as "Lewis Carroll")


The flowers Alice meets include a tiger-lily, a rose, daisies, a violet, and a larkspur. Alice first meets them in the garden, where they mistake her for a type of flower that can move. The one Alice first makes contact with is a Tiger-lily, who sets the other flowers straight. When Alice asks if they are frightened when no one takes care of them, the rose tells her that the tree in the middle is there. The daisies tell her that it says "Bough-wough," which is why branches are called boughs. Then, all of them make shrill voices and don't stop until Alice whispers that she will pick them if they don't hold their tongues. The violet rudely tells Alice that she had never seen anyone look stupider, of course, she had never seen anybody herself as explained by the tiger-lily. The rose tells her there is another flower that can move and looks like her but, that she is redder, her petals are shorter, and she wears her thorns on her head. The larkspur hears this flower on the gravel-walk. Alice discovers that the red flower is the Red Queen, her hair the petals and thorns the points of her crown. Alice leaves the flowers to meet the Queen.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
  • A New Alice in the Old Wonderland

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