In the European tradition is considered the flower fairies, apotropaichen. The wreath of hawthorn flowers in May - a sign of virginity, chastity, or miraculous virgin conception.

In Greco-Roman culture hawthorn served as the wedding flower of the Hymen, Hloe, Hecate, Flora and Roman Maille'. Protects from witchcraft. In the thickets of hawthorn usually met spirits and fairies.