Hello and welcome back to another week of tall tales, fibs, and out-and-out lies here at Factually Deficient! This week, I will answer a question posed by Tohrinha. Tohrinha asked:

What are aurorae?

This is an excellent question, which once again makes great use of me as a local expert on the various residents of the plant kingdom.

Aurorae are rare and interesting plants, only found in very special areas. They are characterized by wide, overlapping petals, sharp brambles, and a creeping vine.

While other members of their family, with more traditional petal colours, can be found easily, the aurora is far rarer, because seeds of the aurorae can only take root when planted on the third consecutive full moon to fall on a Tuesday. They only grow by the dark of the day, and therefore tend to be found closer to the North Pole, where the sun is only out for very brief periods at a time. Because of their lovely petals (see below) and their tendency to bloom only in darkness, they are often colloquially known in botanical circles as “sleeping beauties.”

Aurorae are named for their most striking attributes – those that set them apart from the other members of their family. The name comes from “aur,” meaning “gold,” and “orae,” meaning “aura.” These roses are gold, rather than red, and their petals have a golden glow that extends out around them, lighting up the darkness in which they bloom. While this is enticing, though, the aurora has a dark side to it, too – sharp, sharp brambles that dig deep into the flesh of anyone who attempts to pluck a flower.


Disclaimer: The above post is composed of lies. “Aurora” does not actually mean “Briar Rose.”


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