If confronted with a similar situation, what would you do?
The flower itself is based off a sego lily, which has special significance to my people. After years of massacres, injustice, and an extermination order (which made it LEGAL to murder us and wasn't rescinded until 1976)), we arrived in the Salt Lake Valley with little to no food. The Native Americans showed us how to dig up the sego lily bulbs (about the size of a marble). That delicate little flower saved hundreds from starvation.
In the book, Ilyenna is ultimately confronted with a choice to become a healer or a killer (as a Winter Queen is an unthinking force of nature). On the cover, she holds a blossom in her hand, a symbol of the choice she must make.