Fleuron (typography)
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A fleuron (;[1] ?) is a typographic element, or glyph, used either as a punctuation mark or as an ornament for typographic compositions. Fleurons are stylized forms of flowers or leaves; the term derives from the Old French: floron ("flower").[2]Robert Bringhurst in The Elements of Typographic Style calls the forms "horticultural dingbats".[3] It is also known as a printers' flower, or more formally as an aldus leaf (after Italian Renaissance printer Aldus Manutius), hedera leaf ("ivy leaf"), or simply hedera symbol.


One of the oldest typographic ornaments, in early Greek and Latin texts, the hedera was used as an inline character to divide paragraphs, similarly to the pilcrow.[4] It can also be used to fill the white space that results from the indentation of the first line of a paragraph,[5] on a line by itself to divide paragraphs in a highly stylized way, to divide lists, or for pure ornamentation.[6]

In more modern historic books, line breaks became more common as paragraph dividers, and fleurons became popular to create ornamented borders. Fleurons were crafted the same way as other typographic elements were: as individual metal sorts that could be fit into the printer's compositions alongside letters and numbers. This saved the printer time and effort in producing ornamentation. Because the sorts could be produced in multiples, printers could build up borders with repeating patterns of fleurons.

In 1922, typographer Stanley Morison founded the Fleuron Society, which went on to publish the lavish typographical magazine The Fleuron (1923-1930).

Use with computers

Designers continue to produce fleurons for use in digital typefaces.



  • IM Fell Flowers, an open-source release of the Fell Types preserving the irregularities of the original 17th-century designs.[13]


In Unicode standards, the Symbols category includes fleurons referred to as "floral hearts" in the Dingbats and Miscellaneous Symbols blocks:

  • FLORAL HEART (HTML ❦) (Dingbats)

Twenty-four fleurons originally found in the Wingdings and Wingdings 2 fonts have been included in Unicode 7.0 under its new Ornamental Dingbats block.



  1. ^ "fleuron". Collins English Dictionary.
  2. ^ "Fleuron | Define Fleuron at Dictionary.com". Dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Bringhurst, Robert, The Elements of Typographic Style, Second edition: Hartley and Marks Publishers, 1996. ISBN 0-88179-132-6
  4. ^ "History of Graphic Design: Rare Books Collection: The Pilcrow". Mikemichelleapril.blogspot.com. 2008-09-29. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Typographic Marks Unknown - @retinart". Retinart.net. Retrieved .
  6. ^ [1] Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Hoefler Text Font Features: Special Characters | H&FJ". Typography.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Download". Linotype.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "LTC Fleurons Granjon". P22.com. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Download". Linotype.com. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Lanston Font | Printers Fleurons C | Printers Borders". P22.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Requiem Font Features: Ornaments | H&FJ". Typography.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Marini, Igino. "Fell Types". Retrieved 2014.

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