Meaning of midsummer men in English:

midsummer men


  • (Originally) a pair of orpine plants, symbolizing a young man and his sweetheart, which were set upright by girls on midsummer eve to prognosticate the course of their love; (in later use, also occasionally in singular as midsummer man) the plant orpine (Hylotelephium telephium) itself; the related plant roseroot, Sedum rosea.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Aubrey (1626–1697), antiquary and biographer.