Bisexual women and lesbians used to give violets to women they were wooing, symbolizing their "Sapphic" desire. In a poem, Sappho described herself and a lover wearing garlands of violets. The giving of violets was popular from the to the
Sappho was a Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos. The Alexandrians included her in their list of the nine greatest lyric poets. It is said that she died around 570 BCE, but little is known for certain about her life.