There was once a prince who tries to win the heart of a beautiful maiden by giving her gifts. Despite his attempts, the maiden continues to refuse the prince, and so he pierces himself through the heart – the heart having been formed with the discarded petals, the knife with the green stamen. Thus, the Bleeding Heart Flower.
How many of us have had our hearts broken? Perhaps, all men. Like this perennial flower, all of us have a bleeding heart.