Both the national emblem and deemed the Flower of Scotland, the Scottish Thistle has long been beloved by the Scottish people. In the language of flowers the thistle is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth. Steeped in history and legend, in the oral tradition the story is told that one simple Scottish Thistle is said to have saved an entire Scottish army and the country of Scotland as a whole. The Scottish legend of the Thistle states that in ancient times during the Vikings invasion of Scotland and in the middle of a silent midnight raid an advancing barefooted enemy warrior stepped on a wee Scottish thistle and cried out in pain. The sound of the cry alerted the sleeping Scottish clansmen and Highlanders encamped near by warning them of the approaching Norsemen thus saving Scotland from defeat. So grateful were the Scottish people and their king that the Scottish Thistle was quickly adopted as Scotland’s national symbol.