Flowers have long been a symbol of femininity, and therefore young women (and those who are young at heart) sometimes wear them in their hair.
These can take the form of a daisy chain headband or a single flower (or bunch) placed in the hair. The flowers can be real or artificial.
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- Axis Powers Hetalia
- Hungary and Taiwan. Hungary's is a geranium and represents Lake Balaton, and Taiwan actually wears the plum flower, the national flower of her country.
- Vietnam is sometimes drawn with lotuses in her ponytail, which also happen to be the country's national flower. Let's not forget the Nyotalia versions of Japan (who wears a chrysanthemum), China (who wears peonies on her hat), Spain, Sweden, and Hong Kong. Mangary also wears one in his ponytail.
- Fem!Japan is an especially notable example as the sketches for her have depicted her with no less than three different flowers in her hair: a yellow chrysanthemum in the earliest colored sketch of her, a pink sakura in a more recent colored sketch of her (complete with Cherry Blossoms cascading down on her), and a red spider lily in a colored sketch of her "dark" self. And all of these flowers have a special symbolic significance in Japanese culture.
- Wy as well.
- Lua Klein from Baccano! wears a white flower in her hair.
- Yeon Yihwa from Tower of God wears her family's crest, a flower, on her alice band.
- Though only a one time event, Casca from Berserk wore a bough of flowers in her hair during Griffith's celebratory ball. It added to her feminine appeal that fans remember all too well that drew Guts to her.
- In the final episode of Eureka Seven, the hairclip that Renton puts on Eureka has a flower on it.
- In Future War 198X, the soldier Michael's ingenue girlfriend Marina wears a white flower in her hair. After she dies, he is seen looking at the flower in his hand while singing "Eidelwess", blasting the nuclear warhead without care of the consequences.
- Milfeulle's standard hairdo in Galaxy Angel.
- Alicia in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, whose most prominent scene in the series is her playing innocently in an open field with her mother while wearing a daisy chain in her hair.
- Naruto has the Akatsuki member Konan, with a paper flower in her hair at all times.
- Portgas D. Rouge, Ishilly and an unnamed mermaid from One Piece.
- Rose from +Anima.
- Project A-Ko: As mentioned in the parent trope, C-ko Kotobuki wears daisy barrettes in her hair.
- Gertrud of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, in that she's female and that she has flowers in her hair. She's also a giant butterfly monster with a mass of what appears to be moss in place of hair, which has roses growing on it. Yeah.
- Ranma ˝: Akane sports a pair of flowers in her hair as part as her skating outfit for the Martial Arts Figure Skating arc. As well as Female!Ranma in the same story after an Instant Cosplay Surprise.
- Just about every Rozen Maiden, Kirakishou in particular, who not only has roses in her hair but actually has a rose in place of her eye.
- Rea from Sankarea sports one of these. Cutest zombie ever!
- Lycoris from Sorcerer Stabber Orphen has a hairband with a flower ornament. Given to her by her sister Esperanza. Whom she can't remember due to a mind-wiping spell. It's... complicated.
- Cordelia Glauca from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. It's not exactly symbol of femininity, though; if anything, it's probably part of her insanity projected into the real world. The other characters lampshade how impossible it's that her hair is always adored with flowers from nowhere.
- When we first meet Nia in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann she has a flower ornament in her hair. Contrast this with resident Action Girl Yoko, who has a hair clip that looks like a skull.
- Uiharu from A Certain Scientific Railgun has a crown of flowers on her head, while Saten has just one. Uiharu hasn't given any sort of definite answer on what her flowers are or how they got there. During the School Festival, when someone points them out, her only response is "What are you talking about?" It turns out they're just a rather elaborate headband. Perhaps she's taken to wearing it so often she forgets about it?
- The Sonoda sisters of Sakura Trick each have a pair of flowers they're always seen wearing.
- InuYasha: Kanna wears two white lilies in her hair.
- Pokémon 2000: Melody wears a crown of flowers as part of her festival maiden costume.
- Blood+: After their dance at the ball in Vietnam, Solomon pins a blue rose in Saya's hair before taking his leave.
- Rei from Sailor Moon wears a yellow one◊ when singing her Image Song "Eien no Melody" in the "R" season of the anime.
Films — Animation
- Ariel from The Little Mermaid, moments before and during "Under the Sea". Except, since she lives underwater, it's an anemone (which is more of an invertebrate animal than a plant).
- Michelle from Once Upon a Forest wears one. We get a close-up of it drifting to the ground and wilting after Michelle has her accident with the gas leak that renders her comatose.
- Rapunzel from Tangled gets a very complex version of this during the story, where Flynn has several girls braid her Rapunzel Hair into a huge plait laced with flowers.
- In Lilo & Stitch, Nani and Lilo occasionally wear hibiscus flowers in their hair. Lilo wears flowers and leaf crowns when she dances, and both sisters wore flowers in their hair the night before Lilo was supposed to be taken away by the social worker. Their separation was signified by Nani singing "Aloha Oe" while releasing the flowers in the wind. Nani also wore a hibiscus flower as part of her uniform at the fake luau restaurant.
Films — Live-Action
- In Love Takes Wing, Belinda wears a lovely headband of flowers for her wedding.
- Mila Kunis's character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall is sporting one when she first appears. Of course, she is a hotel clerk at a Hawaiian resort.
- In Paulie, Misha confides in Paulie that he once loved and lost a girl with flowers in her hair. At the end of the movie, after Misha has helped Paulie reunite with the now grown-up Marie, he is prepared to leave. Paulie convinces him to stay by mentioning that Marie has flowers in her hair.
- In Sandy Mitchell's Warhammer 40,000 Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand, Cain is astounded to see Amberley Vail as he had last seen her — wearing a flower he had put behind her ear. It takes him a few minutes to realize that it's a sorcerous illusion.
- In the children's book The Story of Ferdinand, the ladies at the bull ring are described as wearing flowers in their hair.
- In Meredith Ann Pierce's Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood, the Nature Heroine Hannah actually grows useful plants appropriate to the season in her hair. This is a reader's first clue as to her true nature.
- In Wen Spencer's A Brother's Price, in which standards of masculinity and femininity are largely inverted, Jerin Whistler has tiny flowers braided into his long hair when he's presented at court.
- Mary Renault's The Persian Boy shows that young Persian men wore a flower or two in their hair. This wasn't confined to eunuchs; young warriors also used them to decorate their outfits and even their weapons for parades.
- In Wyrd Sisters Magrat plaits violets and cowslips into her hair. Like most of her attempts to look like a romantic heroine, it doesn't work, and is described as making her look like a window-box had fallen on her head.
- In Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, Dorcas' hair is often decorated with a flower. In one case where she places one on her head, Severian asks whether it is possible that a water hyacinth was brought into existence only in response to her reaching out to pluck it, as there are no other flowers in sight. A flower's purpose is to attract pollinators, and Severian and Dorcas seem to be an attractive young couple — but people should not be as oblivious as plants to trope subversions Dorcas has been dead a long time, and Severian is her grandson.
- Niecy Nash of Clean House always wears a flower in her hair. Every. Single. Episode.
- In Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars this is Aeryn's only concession to the fact she's getting married.
- The same actress (Claudia Black, as Vala) wears a big white flower in her hair for her "non-date" with Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1.
- Guinevere from Merlin is often depicted with flowers in her hair, possibly to contrast with the higher-born Morgana, who wears jewels. Even when Guinevere gets an upgrade in social status, her jewellery is still in the shape of flowers.
- In the Smallville episode "Idol", Jayna (of the Wonder Twins) wears a flower in her hair.
- In Wives and Daughters, Molly and Cynthia wore flowers in their hair for a Charity Ball. Cynthia destroyed a bouquet she had just received, but they looked really cute.
- The Addams Family: Morticia Addams' sister Ophelia has flowers in her hair — which might just be growing out of her scalp.
- If you're goiiiing to Saaaan Fraaaanciscoooo / Be sure to weeear some flowers in your haiiir...
- Rachael Yamagata's song "1963."
I feel like I'm loving you in 1963
Flowers in my hair
Little bitty hearts upon my cheeks...
- One of the traits of the flower girl in The Cowsills' hit "The Rain The Park And Other Things".
- "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat features this set of lines:
You'll hear the music fill the air
I'll put a flower in your hair
- Sandi Thom wishes she was a punk rocker with flowers in her hair...
- Blues singer Billie Holiday made this her signature look.
- In Going to California by Led Zeppelin,
Someone told me there's a girl out there
With love in her eyes, and flowers in her hair
- Pixie Lott's choice of headband at the 2012 Global Fashion Awards.
- Likewise, Delta Goodrem's ... interesting headwear at the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
- Probably the only line in the Acid Bath song "Scream Of The Butterfly" that isn't totally disturbing.
She smiles like a child with flowers in her hair
With blood on her hands
Into the sun she stares
She feels it die
I heard her cry
Like the scream of the butterfly
- The Catrina, a female version of Death in Mexican folklore is portrayed as woman wearing skull paint (Instead of being an actual living skeleton) and flowers in her hair.
- Canadian gymnast Christine "Peng Peng" Lee always wore a white flower in her hair when she competed, and she was a lock for the 2012 Canadian Olympic team. Then she injured her knee just a few months before the Games and was forced to withdraw from selection. She was picked to be the team captain anyway, travelling with them to London, and all five members of the competitive team wore a white flower in their hair in honor of her. Canada placed fifth in the team competition, a best-ever finish and the first time they had ever made the team finals in the Olympic Games.
- American Olympic runner Alysia Montańo is famous for wearing flowers in her hair during every race, which she started doing to assert her femininity while training with her male peers.
- In one of the BIONICLE animations, Hahli and Macku are seen with hibiscus flowers on their masks and wearing floral leis. Hahli puts her flower on Jaller and then runs away, prompting him to follow her. RoboShipping ensues.
- Marin from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening wears a hibiscus flower in her hair.
- Marta in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.
- Milfeulle Sakuraba of Galaxy Angel. Also her sister, Apricot.
- Rydia from Final Fantasy IV, especially when she was younger.
- Starting with Wild World, players in Animal Crossing can wear most flowers as a headgear.
- Gurdy in Final Fantasy XII.
- In City of Heroes, female characters who use leaves for hair can also choose to have a flower in it.
- Naomi of Metal Gear Solid 4 put a blue rose in Sunny's hair to show how pretty she can be.
- Coco Bandicoot in the Crash Bandicoot series until Crash Of The Titans.
- The player character of Tokimeki Memorial 2 puts one on the hair of prideful Tsundere Mei Ijuin in one of her special Events. The shy and embarassed look she has then is one big Squee moment.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny introduces Kyrie Florian, the younger Florian sister who wears a flower in her hair and has a very pink motif. However, in contrast to her appearance, she has a cynical personality, a constant smirk on her face, and a fighting style that utilizes transforming guns, swords, and really big swords.
- Mandrake in Puyo Puyo has a red flower grow in her green hair. Justified.
- It's not really in your hair, since you're forced to wear a hat at all times, but one of the numerous accessories available for the player character in Pokémon X and Y is an artificial flower pin.
- Beatrice of Umineko no Naku Koro ni has a large red flower in her hair, but she's not "good" (at first; it's complicated).
- Eutropia from Amazoness. This trope is also played with, since Eutropia is actually physically male, but he was reared as a girl.
- The page quote is from strip #501 of The Order of the Stick. Incidentally, Kazumi Kato is also wearing a flower in her hair for her marriage.
- Tanna of Ears for Elves doesn't like wearing the wreaths of herublossoms at the Taurëcuiva Festival like the other women and girls, but Rolan thinks the flowers suit her.
- Raeka's Combo Corsage in Samurai Princess subverts this trope a little, it gives Raeka better ability with her sword instead of making her more of a princess.
- Faye from Girls in Space wears a flower in her hair in The Pickled Past storyline.
- Monica of Phuzzy Comics has a rose on either side of her hair, though they're drawn as pink spirals. (The actual Monica will go to conventions wearing roses that actually look like roses.)
- A 1980 study found that waitresses who wore flowers in their hair earned slightly bigger tips.
- Quite normal in the 1960s. Both men and women might wear flower decorations back then, but the iconic image of the 60s hippie is the "flower child", a serene woman wearing either a single daisy or a whole crown of'em.
- Niecy Nash seems to do this quite often.
- A flower in the hair is an integral part of the imagery for the Tahitian "Vahiné" — notably in Paul Gauguin's paintings.
- Common at May Day celebrations, especially if there are garland dancers present.