Flora is the Roman goddess of flowers, spring, and tame nature. She is often depicted happy and garlanded with flowers. Her Greek counterpart is the nymph-goddess Chloris.
She is married to Zephr, the god of the west wind. In his love for her he granted her the dominion over flowers. Her powers gave charm to youth, sweetness to honey, and fragrance to flowers. Flora in her generous nature gave mankind countless varities of flowers, honey, and seeds.
Naiads and Dryads are sacred to her. The Naiads are water nymphs, quiet and elusive young women who lurk around springs and streams. They are kind and playful yet wild in the sense they have no knowledge of civilization not even of speech. The Dryads are like the Naiads except they are wood nymphs. They lurk in the lighter woods, away from fiercer and crueler predators of the denser forests.
The Floralia festival is celebrated at the end of April and beginning of May. It is the celebration of unrestrained pleasure, of growing things, of new life and the beauty of spring.