The Asian bleeding-hearts are blooming in Gulin Park in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province. The blossom gets its name from its shape that resembles a heart.
If the flower's appearance isn't enough to conjure ideas of romance and love, its peachy pink color sure does. In folklore, the flower is a symbol of accepting marriage proposals.
Despite its delicate looks, it's a prickly plant. The flower produces chemical compounds known as isoquinoline alkaloids, which can cause mild skin irritation.
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