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->''"A light snow was falling, and the little girl with the tattered shawl had not sold a violet all day."''
-->-- Part 2 of '''Snoopy''''s novel, ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}''

A sweet, [[ShrinkingViolet shy, reserved]], perhaps [[IllGirl ill]], girl whose profession is making artificial flowers or growing real ones. Liable to [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth die a]] [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] [[DeathByNewberyMedal death]].

Not to be confused with ''literal'' flower girls such as Sunny Funny in ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'', or Cheza in ''Manga/WolfsRain'' (she's a hybrid of human and flower DNA). FlowerMotifs are not enough to make an example of this trope; at the very least, there need to be corporeal flowers present.

Do not confuse with InnocentFanserviceGirl.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* {{Macross 7}} has a shy, [[TheVoiceless apparently mute]] girl who [[OnceAnEpisode continually attempts]], without success, to give Basara a bouquet of flowers. One starts to wonder if he's ignoring her on purpose.
** She eventually succeeds in the final episode. She tosses her flowers in shock and Basara manages to catch them, on the fly no less.
* Freya from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is a beautiful, kind girl that can hear the "voices of the flowers". [[spoiler:When Mytho briefly casts a spell on her to convince her that she is better than everyone and should give her heart to him, dark, raven-shaped flowers cover her flower bed and cut off the voices of her beloved plants. Tutu is able to break the spell when she points out to Freya how the voices are missing.]]
* {{Naruto}} subverts this, since Ino Yamanaka works in her family's flower shop and has great knowledge of flower language... but she's a strongwilled, somewhat vain {{Tsundere}}.
* [[DigimonAdventure Sora Takenouchi]] also subverts this, though she does eventually get into her mom's business by the time ''02'' rolls around. Coincidentially, she and Ino are both voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey.
* Tsubomi Hanasaki a.k.a Cure Blossom, from ''HeartcatchPrettyCure'', loves flowers, lives in a flower shop with her family, and aspires to be a botanist. She is also [[ShrinkingViolet so shy]] that flowers and plants were her only friends until she met her Pretty Cure partner [[TheFashionista Erika]]. Her knowledge about flower is so deep that she's able to point out the meaning of every flower residing in the hearts of former victims of the Desertrians.
* Michelle Ratockie from MobileSuitGundam sells pastries, but otherwise she fits in perfectly.
* In a filler episode of DetectiveConan we meet a young woman named Midori Nozaki, the sister of a famous ''ikebana'' arrangement expert. After [[spoiler: her rival Rika Ookano and her sponsor Shiraki steal her secret to make flowers bloom eternally and get her blacklisted from the ''ikebana'' circles]], the eldest Nozaki [[spoiler: kills herself with poison]], and Midori [[spoiler: starts carrying her revenge [[TheMole by working with the culprits and gaining their trust]] so she can kill them when they lower their guard]]. [[spoiler: She manages to kill Shiraki by drugging and then strangling him, but Conan stops her when she's about to exact the revenge on Rika ''and'' [[ThanatosGambit kill herself]] [[FatalMethodActing on stage]] at the same time, using the same techniques that the deceased Nozaki-san used in her suicide.]]
* Oz meets one in ''PandoraHearts''. [[spoiler:Her horrible death was the demonstration of what happens when an illegal contractor's seal is completed.]]
* Midori in SuehiroMaruo's manga ''MrArashisAmazingFreakShow'', who makes paper flowers and sell them on the street. Might not be exactly innocent as it is strongly implied she gives special "favors" to a male customer. Anyway she leads a deplorably sad life, while the story goes on to BreakTheCutie and YankTheDogsChain in a most sadistic manner.
* Horribly subverted in the first FatalFury OVA. We see a cute and shy girl named Lily with a basket of flowers, and she approaches a man named Jeff Bogard to ask him if he can to buy some of her stuff - so far, so good. But the kinda cute scene turns into tragedy when Jeff is attacked by several men in black, knifed as he tries to shield Lily... [[spoiler: and then murdered by the mooks's leader Geese Howard. It turns out that Geese ''forced'' Lily to act as a DecoyDamsel so he could have a chance to kill Jeff.]] Flash forward to 10 years later, and when Jeff's son Terry comes back home to face his past and have {{Revenge}}, he meets [[SheIsAllGrownup the adult Lily]] as a beautiful FemmeFatale who [[BrokenBird has never forgotten her terrible stunt as a flower girl]]...
* Shakuntala in {{Webcomic/Kubera}} fits this trope to a T: Gentle personality, [[ActualPacifist dissuades conflicts]], has a [[IllGirl weak constitution]], almost always seen sitting in a field full of flowers, gifts hand-made flower wreaths.
* Parodied by Cordelia Glauca in ''TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes''. She's extremely beautiful (compared to the other members of the titular [[GreatDetective detective group]]), ''would like to believe'' that she's [[PuritySue the embodiment of purity]], and has flower motif-- her hair is adored by flowers ''from nowhere''. Oh, and she's also very insane (PlayedForLaughs), even by the series' standard; that's saying ''something''.
* Ran from ''{{Texhnolyze}}'' plays the trope straight in some ways, but also subverts it in others: while she's [[StoicWoobie very quiet and reserved, and goes through a lot of crap]], she's not really all that innocent, and is more morally ambiguous than many examples.
* Eileen from YamiNoMatsuei. [[spoiler: Horrifyingly enough, she was kidnapped and murdered by Muraki so her heart would be given to Tsubaki Kakyouin, Eileen's closest friend, years before the story even started. When Tsubaki found out ''from Muraki himself'', she felt so horribly guilty that with some more push from him, she developed a SplitPersonality named after Eileen, which started killing people in revenge.]]
* Martha from ''HonooNoAlpenRose'', though she's more outspoken than the standard. [[spoiler: She's the one who offers Lundi some alpine roses and sings the Alpine Rose song, which tips Jeudi and Lundi off in Jeudi's MysteriousPast.]]
* A traveling show in ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' includes a small girl who makes little rabbit heads on sticks and sells them. She's the first characters in that world to break through the protagonist's growing cloud of despair.
* In Tatsuya Shinjyouji's ''TheKingOfFighters 94'' manga, Terry Bogard has quite a bit of ShipTease with an Italian flower girl [[http://www.tuku.cc/comic/8362/3/?9 named Marucco]], who also has ties to an OrphanageOfLove. [[spoiler: Unlike Lily and Sulia from the FatalFury animes, Marucco doesn't kick it -- though in the second volume she and her friends ''are'' targetted by some mafiosi, but Terry helps them.]]
* ''VictorianRomanceEmma'' is littered with these. There are literally [[http://emmaavictorianromance.wikia.com/wiki/Flower_girl 3 distinct flower girls in episode 11]]
* ''LightNovel/KagerouDays'': Mary. It's PlayedForLaughs when it's mentioned that she makes artificial flowers... but the income they generate is so small that it's barely noticeable. [[spoiler:She also happened to die a [[TeensAreMonsters very sad death]] on August 15th about a century ago, but is [[BackFromTheDead still alive because]] (a) the creator of the eternal Heat Haze world is her grandmother (and had the powers necessary to resurrect her) and (b) she's 1/4 medusa, meaning her aging process is immensely slow (she appears about 14, despite being ten times that age)]].

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* Klara Prast of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' is a twelve-year-old girl who was married off to a much older, abusive man because her parents were horrified by her power to control plants.
* In ''ComicBook/YokoTsuno'', Mieke is a shy bouquet-maker and seller from 16th century Bruegel.

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[[folder: Fairy Tales ]]

* The original "Literature/TheLittleMermaid", the tragic one, grew underwater flowers and plants in her spare time. One VHS cover of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid the movie]] has Ariel sitting on a rock preoccupied with underwater plants, possibly as a MythologyGag.
* Another Creator/HansChristianAndersen character, the "Literature/LittleMatchGirl", fits the trope as well, except for what she sells.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Mocked pretty thoroughly in Edward Gorey's ''The Hapless Child''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Kes in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' built her own hydroponics garden in Voyager's cargo hold, though it got burned up when she suffered one of her rare CreepyChild moments. Most of the time however Kes is portrayed as kind, innocent and understanding. She also suffered a tragic fate, being booted off the cast for a [[MsFanservice busty blonde in skintight catsuit]], only to return a few seasons later as an AxeCrazy granny in a revenge plot with an ill-conceived motive and an unconvincing resolution.
* Possibly Kendall, a florist that Black Ranger Danny pines after in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. Of course, since Danny is her coworker in the flower shop and a GentleGiant, he really fits as an Innocent Flower ''Boy''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In the ''{{Dracula}}'' film from 1931, the titular character preys on an innocent flower girl in London.
* Let's not forget the blind flower seller in Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/CityLights''. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, thanks to the Little Tramp, she's had an operation to restore her sight.]]
* The film ''Alegria'', inspired by the Cirque du Soleil production of the same name, has a whole troupe of unwanted, unloved kids under the thumb of an abusive taskmaster who forces them to sell flowers on the streets, as well as tend to them in the warehouse they're imprisoned in. [[spoiler:They are inspired to revolt at the end.]] Sadly, there's TruthInTelevision here: the director got the idea for this when he was approached by such a kid.
* Thel Russel from ''Film/DeadMan'', a sweet and abused young woman who makes paper flowers and gets murdered at the beginning of the film.
* Subverted for laughs in Terry Gilliam's ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}''.
* Toyed with in Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's adaptation of ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''. Sophie ends up owning a flower shop, and while she becomes stronger in the process she also remains kind and gentle, not going through levels of jerk-ass.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "Artificial Flowers," BreakawayPopHit from the musical ''Tenderloin'', was about one of these.
* Featured in "The Rain, The Park, and Other Things" by the Cowsills, overlapping with ManicPixieDreamGirl
* TheBeatles' "Penny Lane": "Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout, a pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray."

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[[folder: Oral Tradition ]]

* OlderThanFeudalism: GreekMythology features the young goddess of spring, rejuvenation and youth named Kore (Maiden). One day she was collecting flowers, and then she either was kidnapped by Hades and forcibly taken to the Underworld, or met up with him and asked him to take her along. She spends half of the year as Persephone, Hades's consort and Queen of Underworld. {{Alternate character interpetation}}s abound.
* JapaneseMythology has Konohanasakuya-hime, the blossom-princess and goddess of Mount Fuji. She fell in love with Ninigi no Mikoto, the grandson of Amaterasu, who liked her as well and persisted in marrying Konohana when her dad, Oho-Yama, wanted Ninigo to marry her older sister Iwa-naga. However, Ninigi soon suspected her of infidelity since Konohana became pregnant in just one night; enraged at Ninigi's accusation, Konohana trapped herself in a doorless hut and set it on fire, vowing that the child would not be hurt if it were truly the offspring of the Ninigi. Not only she gave birth to ''triplets'' (Hoderi, Hosuseri and Hoor), but neither of them was hurt so her innocence was proved and she was absolved.

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* Mimě from the Puccini opera ''LaBoheme'', despite being actually a seamstress, fits in well otherwise. (Absolutely ''not'' Mimi from ''{{RENT}}''.)
* Ophelia, ''{{Hamlet}}''. Depending on one's interpretation of the scene, the flowers Ophelia hands out may only exist in her mind. And they're not so innocent, considering each of her flowers represents a thinly veiled criticism of the people she hands them to.
* Averted by ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}''. Eliza Doolittle may be a flower girl, but she's far from innocent.
-->I'm a good girl, I am!
* Audrey in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''. Choked by the weedy CrapsackWorld she lives in (and undoubtedly by her [[DepravedDentist sadistic]] [[DomesticAbuser boyfriend]]), all she wants is to be with her {{Adorkable}} coworker, Seymour, "[[IWantSong Somewhere That's Green]]"...
* Though unnamed, the Rose Seller in "Who Will Buy?" has one of the loveliest solos in ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''. The part is often cast and costumed to evoke this character archetype.
-->Who will buy my sweet red roses/Two blooms for a penny?

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* A character literally named Lil' Flower Girl in the ''Precious Miseries'' doll and art series is dark example of this trope, wearing a black and pink dress decorated in spiderwebs and skulls. Her description on the tag of the doll reads as follows:
-->"Dressed in her best outfit, she goes forth into the streets to sell her dead flowers. Because she is not very talkative, when SHE finally decides who is to buy from her, she will follow them all day with her arm extended and flower in hand."

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Pictured above: Polka from ''EternalSonata''.
* Aeris/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aerith]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Subverted when she turns out to be neither shy nor reserved. [[ItWasHisSled She did]] [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth die a]] [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] [[DeathByNewberyMedal death]].
** Aerith gets a cameo in ''FinalFantasyTactics''. In a sidequest, she is nearly sold into prostitution by the local thugs [[spoiler:before Cloud, newly arrived in Ivalice, saves the day.]]
* Ameena Leffeld from ''Star Ocean Till the End of Time'' fits this trope perfectly. For special bonus points, she also looks a great deal like Aerith.
* Inverted by Rina from ''GaiaOnline'', who is an energetic GenkiGirl, a bully, a LethalChef, and a pervert who asked Nicolae for an Alruna's Rose so she could have [[LesYay a "sexy succubus" companion]]. And in the Demonbusters event, she sided with [[ObviouslyEvil Sentinel's]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Infernal Nation]].
* [[{{Terranigma}} Would you like a flower? Make a girl or a penguin talk!]]
** She's not exactly innocent - she just acts that way. Refusing to buy a flower nets Ark a nice little insult (though admittedly, he does refuse really tactlessly).
* Florina from ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}''. She can "feel" the pain of the planet, grows flowers, and, after a sidequest, will grow the usually hard-to-find healing berries for you. In a break from the convention, she doesn't die at the end of the story.
** And Mariel from ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]''; Florina is pretty much an {{Expy}} of her. In the remake, Mariel can join your party, but she can't really attack enemies, only use healing abilities based on the ubiquitous berries.
* Luty from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' is a little girl who became mute from the trauma of her home planet Ariadne disappearing some time before the story begins. A sidequest involves finding and growing a flower from Ariadne, which cheers her up enough to gradually get her to speak again. When encountered again in Episode II, she begins to work as a nurse, and is involved in another sidequest, where she wants to grow a garden of Ariadne Flowers to help make everybody in Second Miltia happy.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' has Erika, the flower shop clerks behind the Petalburg forest, and, to an extent, the entire town of Floaroma.
* Nina, Popuri, and Lyla from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''.
* One of these in ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals''. She suffers exhaustion because she's obsessed with gathering the FlowerFromTheMountaintop, and the party have to go get it for her so she can finally rest. She also delivers a GreenAesop to the owner of a polluting factory in the same town.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' Sofie from the Hearthfire DLC is in Windhelm selling flowers since her parents are dead. However you can adopt her if you have a house to live in.
* Sumia from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Instead of selling flowers she uses them [[HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot for fortune telling]], and in some of her endings she becomes well-known as a bringer of good luck.
** [[spoiler: Her daughter]] Cynthia is also a big fan of flower fortunes, and in her supports with [[spoiler: any of her possible fathers (either Chrom, a male Avatar, Frederick, Gaius or Henry)]] she wants to use flower petals to craft him an awesome battle entry.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Hanami in ''{{Tasakeru}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The LooneyTunes ''Deduce You Say'' has Daffy Duck playing Sherlock Holmes, who after one humiliating setback after another, and his 'bumbling' assistant (Porky) capturing the big dangerous goon criminal, lays into a sweet old granny-type for selling flowers without a license. Needless to say, she's the big dangerous goon's mother...

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