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Living Arts Originals features a wide variety of articles on all types of symbols and their meanings. The types of symbols that Living Arts Originals focuses on include flowers, animals, colors, nature, color, sacred, and many more.

Find Your Flower: Flower Symbols and Meanings


Flower Symbols Around the World
Ancient Roots of Flower Symbolism
The Victorian Language of Flowers
Modern Symbolism of Flowers
More Resources for Flower Symbols
Alphabetical List of Flower Meanings


Flower Symbols Around the World

flower symbolsSince antiquity, flower symbolism has been a significant part of cultures around the world. Flowers accompany us in every major event in life--birth, marriage, holidays, graduations, illness, and finally death. Flowers have been grown in decorative gardens and used as adornment for centuries on virtually every continent on earth. Finding the right flower to give to someone your love is an art. Make sure to include a note about the meaning of the flower!


Ancient Roots of Flower Symbolism

Flower symbolism began with many ancient religions. Many flowers were originally linked to ancient deities including Venus, Diana, Jupiter and Apollo. During the Renaissance, nature was viewed as a reflection of the divine. Flower symbolism was included in much of the religious art of the day and medieval gardens were often created with both the symbolic meaning of flowers and spiritual symbolism in mind. (See article on Mary Gardens.) Flower symbols were used in the religious art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and reached the highest level of development in the Victorian era.

Flower LanguageThe Victorian Language of Flowers

Although the legendary associations and religious meanings of flower symbolism have existed for centuries, the use of the symbolic meaning of flowers to represent emotions was developed to a high degree during Victorian times. Due to the strict protocol of the times, emotions, wishes and thoughts were not openly expressed between men and women. Instead, an elaborate language based on flower symbolism was developed. Gifts of either single flowers or bouquets conveyed clear messages to the recipient.

During the Victorian era, flowers adorned nearly everything--hair, clothing, jewelry, home decor, china plates, stationary, wallpaper, furniture and more. Even the scents of flowers had their own meanings in the language of flowers. For example, a scented handkerchief might be given in place of actual flowers.

With the increasing complexity of flower symbolism, handbooks were written to guide the understanding of the symbolic meaning of flowers. The first book written on flower symbolism in modern times was Le Language des Fleurs by Madame Charlotte de la Tour in 1819. The most popular book on flower symbolism, which remains a prominent resource today, is Kate Greenaway's Language of Flowers (1884). See recommended books below.


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Modern Symbolism of Flowers

Flower PaintingsFlowers are still used today to convey feelings in a more general way than in Victorian times. Many florists provide information on the language of flowers to encourage the practice of helping modern gift-givers to "say it with flowers." The flower symbolism for many flowers has been obscured by time and may remain only as a few key phrases or words. Flowers have been given as gifts for special occasions and to celebrate holidays throughout history. (Visit FloristOne to see flowers for all occasions.)

The beauty and feminine quality of flowers also inspired the tradition of naming girls after flower names. This tradition has existed in many cultures throughout history and continues today. Popular girls' names related to flowers include Rose, Daisy, Lily, Holly, Violet, Heather, Fern, Jasmine, Myrtle, and Lavender.


More Resources for Flower Symbols

Flower SymbolismFor a quick reference to flowers by meaning (such as hope, love, etc.), please see our article Find Flowers By Meaning. For a guide to the origin of flower names, please see Meanings of Flower Names. For information on the symbolic flowers in gardens honoring Mother Mary, see Mary Garden Flower Symbolism. For symbolism related to popular garden flowers, see Garden Flower Symbolism. See other related articles below.

For more on flower symbolism, see recommended books from Amazon below :
Kate Greenaway's Language of Flowers
Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths
The Language of Flowers
The Meaning of Flowers
Forget-Me-Not: A Floral Treasury Sentiments and Plant Lore from the Language of Flowers


Pictures of Flowers and Their Meanings

Pictures of flowers and their meanings and other fascinating facts about flower symbols and plants from around the world are included in the following illustrated list of the symbolic meaning of flowers:

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Acacia Flower Symbolism
     

acacia flowerThe symbolic meanings of acacia flowers are friendship, secret love, beauty in retirement and chaste love. Yellow acacia flowers symbolize secret love. Acacia is a genus of pod-bearing shrubs and trees. The leaves typically have a large amount of tannins, which are astringent substances that play a role in the ripening of fruit and aging of wine. Most species of acacia are native to Australia. Acacia seeds and shoots can be used for food. Acacia honey is considered to be a delicacy and acacia is an ingredient in a number of soft drinks and chewing gum. (Photo courtesy of Stan Shebs, Wikimedia Commons)

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Learn about the meaning of the name acacia.

Recommended Books
For more information, see the following books on Amazon:
Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History
The Meaning of Trees: Botany, History, Healing, Lore
The Acacia Tree



Alyssum Flower Symbolism     

alyssum flower symbolThe meaning of alyssum flowers is beauty. Alyssum is a perennial plant with yellow, white, pink or purple flowers. Occasionally alyssum are grown as small shrubs. Alyssum are in the mustard family and are native to Eurasia. Alyssum produce a notched fruit and seeds with wings and embryonic roots. English variant spelling of Spanish Alicia, meaning "noble sort." Also from Latin alyssum and Greek alysson, meaning "not rabies," as the plant was believed to cure rabies.

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For more information, see the following books on Amazon:
Rock Garden Plants: A Color Encyclopedia
Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants



Amaryllis Flowers Meanings
        

amaryllis symbolThe meaning of amaryllis flowers is pride, timidity and splendid beauty. There are two types of amaryllis. One is the true amaryllis or Amaryllis belladona, a native of South Africa. The other is Hippeastrum, a plant that is often forced to bloom indoors in the winter months. These bulbs are sold to bloom over the winter holidays. (Photo courtesy of Digigalos, Wikimedia Comoons.)

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See other flowers meaning love.
Learn meaning of amaryllis flower name.

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For more information, see the following books on Amazon:
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Asters
How to Grow Asters: A Manual on Asters
Popular Garden Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Aster Flower Symbolism

aster flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with asters is daintiness, love, from Greek word for "star." Asters are believed to have healing properties. Asters were laid on the graves of French soldiers to to symbolize the wish that things had turned out differently. There are many varieties of asters that are popular garden plants. Asters grow in all hardiness zones.

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See other flowers meaning love.

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For more information about asters, see the following books on Amazon:
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Asters
How to Grow Asters: A Manual on Asters
Popular Garden Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Azalea Flower Symbolism

azalea flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with azaleas is temperance, passion, womanhood (China), take care of yourself for me and fragility. Azaleas are members of the rhododendron family (see rhododendrons below). Azaleas grow as shrubs and small trees with large, showy flowers and are popular as ornamental plants in landscaping. The English name derived from the Greek word azaleos, meaning "dry."

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See other flowers meaning passion.

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For more information, see the following books on Amazon:
Success With Rhododendrons and Azaleas
American Azaleas
Azaleas
The Meaning of Flowers



Baby's Breath Flower Symbolism

baby's breath flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with baby's breath is purity of heart, innocence, and the breath of the Holy Spirit. Baby's breath is white with dense, delicate clusters of flowers. They are native to Europe, but have been naturalized throughout the eastern United States. Baby's breath is often used as ornamental garden plants and as filler in bouquets.

More Information on this Website
See article featuring other flowers with unusual meanings.

Recommended Books
For more information, see the following books on Amazon:

The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Popular Garden Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers



Bachelor Button Flower Symbolism

bachleor button flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with bachelor buttons is celibacy, single, blessedness, hope in love, delicacy. The bachelor's button is also known as the cornflower, basket flower and boutonniere flower. Bachelor buttons are blue and have been prized historically for their pigment. According to folklore, a young man would wear a bachelor button flower to indicate his love for a young woman, If the love was unrequited, the flower would fade quickly. The bachelor button, or blue cornflower, is the national flower of Poland.

More Information on this Website
See article featuring other flowers with unusual meanings.

Recommended Books
For more information, see the following books on Amazon:

The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers



Bamboo Symbolism

The bamboo is the most popular plant in China and represents the spirit of summer. The bamboo is considered a gentleman with perfect virtues. The bamboo combines upright integrity with accommodating flexibility. It has the perfect balance of grace and strength, or the Yin and the Yang. When a storm comes, the bamboo bends with the wind. When the storm ceases, it resumes its upright position. Bamboo also symbolizes longevity, immortality and youth. Its ability to cope with adversity and still stand firmly without losing its original ground is inspirational.

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Read more information about bamboo symbolism.

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The Craft & Art of Bamboo: 30 Eco-Friendly Projects to Make for Home & Garden
Hardy Bamboos: Taming the Dragon
Bamboo Style: Exteriors, Interiors, Details



Bauhinia Flower Symbolism

bauhinia flower symbolThe bauhinia flower is a symbol of harmony. The orchid-like flowers are purple-red flower and surrounded by thick leaves. Bauhinia flowers bloom from November to March. The Bauhinia flower is featured on the flag of Hong KIong with five petals and stars in white surrounded by a red background. Bauhinia has a double-lobed leaf similar to a heart shape.

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The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Begonia Flower Symbolism

begonia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with begonias is fanciful nature and beware. Begonias are large shrubs which grow in subtropical and tropical moist climates, in South and Central America, Africa and southern Asia. Because of their showy flowers of white, pink, scarlet or yellow color and often attractively marked leaves, many species and innumerable hybrids of begonias are cultivated.

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See article featuring other flowers with unusual meanings.

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For more information about begonias, see recommended books on Amazon:
Begonias
Begonias: Cultivation, Identification, and Natural History

The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths
Summer Bulbs: Simple Steps for Growing Beautiful Dahlias, Begonias and Other Bulbs



Bird of Paradise Flower Symbolism

bird of paradise flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the bird of paradise flower is freedom, good perspective, faithfulness (when given from a woman to a man). The bird of paradise flower is so-named because of a resemblance to the actual bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a "crane" flower. The leaves are large, 30-200 cm long and 10-80 cm broad, similar to a banana leaf but with a longer petiole, and arranged to form a fan-like crown of evergreen foliage.

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For more information, see the following books on Amazon:
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Bluebell Flower Symbolism

bluebell flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with bluebells is humility, constancy and gratitude. Bluebells are closely linked to the realm of fairies and are sometimes referred to as "fairy thimbles." To call fairies to a convention, the bluebells would be rung. Bluebells can be found in North America, Western Europe and North Africa. In some areas they are referred to as wild hyacinths.

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Read more in our article about bluebells.

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The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Buttercup Flower Symbolism

The flower symbolism associated with buttercups is humility, neatness, childishness. Buttercups are part of a large genus of 400 species. Buttercups usually flower in April or May but may be found throughout the summer. In the Pacific Northwest (USA) the buttercup is called ‘Coyote’s eyes.’ The legend is that a coyote was tossing his eyes up in the air and catching them again when an eagle snatched them. Unable to see, coyote made eyes from the buttercup.

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The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Cactus Flower Symbolism

cactus flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the cactus flower is endurance, my heart burns with love, maternal love. Cacti are distinctive and unusual plants, adapted to extremely arid and hot climates, with a wide range of features which conserve water. Their stems have expanded into green succulent structures containing the chlorophyll necessary for life and growth, while the leaves have become the spines for which cacti are so well known.

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For more information about cactus, see recommended books on Amazon:
Cacti and Succulents: Step-By-Step to Growing Success
Cactus Growing for Beginners
Growing Classic Cacti



Calendula Flower Symbolism

calendula flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the calendula is grief, despair and sorrow. Calendula blossoms in wine are said to ease indigestion. Calendula petals are used in ointments to cure skin irritations, jaundice, sore eyes and toothaches. The marigold is also part of the calendula family.


More Information on this Website
See article featuring other flowers with unusual meanings.
Read our article about marigolds.

Recommended Books
For more information, see the following books on Amazon:
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Calla Lily Flower Symbolism

calla lily flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the calla lily is magnificent beauty. Calla lilies are native to southern Africa. The calla lily is visible in many of Diego Rivera's works of art. Georgia O'Keeffe's sensual flowers redefined the flower as a pure, almost geometric form. Her painting "Calla Lilies with Red Anemone" (1928) recently was sold for $6.2 million at a Christie's auction in New York.

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For more about the history of the flower in art, see Flower Paintings Through the Ages. Learn more about calla lilies here.

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For more information about calla lilies, see recommended books on Amazon:

Georgia O'Keefe and the Calla Lily in American Art, 1860-1940
The Floral Collection: Calla Lily



Camellia Flower Symbolism

The symbolic meaning of camellia flowers is admiration, perfection, good luck gift for a man, gratitude, nobility of reasoning. The colors have specific symbolic meanings including innate worth, adoration, perfection and loveliness (white); longing, longing for a man (pink); and you're a flame in my heart or excellence (red). The English name is derived from the Latin name of the flowering evergreen shrub, camellia, named after the Czech-born missionary and botanist George Josef Kamel, whose name was originally derived from the word kamel, meaning "camel."

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Learn more about camellias.

Recommended Books
For more information about camellias, see recommended books on Amazon:
Camellias: The Gardener's Encyclopedia
Camellias (New Plant Library)
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths
Growing Camellias in Cold Climates



Carnation Flower Symbolism

carnation flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the carnation is fascination, impulsiveness, capriciousness, joy, devoted love; disdain, refusal (white only). Carnations were used in Greek ceremonial crowns. The name carnation may come from the Greek carnis (flesh) and refer to the incarnation of God made flesh. The English name derived from the flower name, from French carnation, meaning "complexion," from Italian carnagione, meaning "flesh-colored."

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For more information about carnations, see these books on Amazon:
Carnations and Pinks: Their True History and Complete Cultivation
Carnations and Pinks
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths
The Book of the Carnation (Gardening in America)



Cattail Flower Symbolism

The flower symbolism associated with the cattail is peace and prosperity. Cattails or bulrushes are wetland plants with spongy, strap-like leaves and starchy, creeping stems. The thick root can be ground to make a flour substitute. The spread of cattails is an important part of the process of open water bodies being converted to vegetated marshland and eventually to dry land.

Resources
For gorgeous stock photos of plants and flowers for art, design and crafts, see Dreamstime for high quality digital images. Find garden supplies of all types at Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

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The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses
Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Chamomile Flower Symbolism

chamomile flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the chamomile flower is energy in action. The extract of German chamomile is taken as a strong tea. It has been used in herbal medicine as a a digestive aid and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used in ointments and lotions, and as a mouthwash against infections of mouth and gums.

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Chamomile (Herb Library)



Cherry Blossom Flower Symbolism

cherry blossom flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the cherry blossom is education. In China, the cherry blossom is also a symbol of feminine beauty. It also represents the feminine principle and love. In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize the transience of life because of their short blooming times. Falling blossoms are metaphors for fallen warriors who died bravely in battle. This connotation links them with the samarai.

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For books related to cherry blossoms, see the following books on Amazon:
The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration
Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri
Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars!
Cherry Blossoms: Traditional Patterns in Japanese Design



Christmas Rose Flower Symbolism

Chrsitmas rose flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the Christmas rose is that it is purported to have flowered on Christmas Day, and is therefore associated with the infant Jesus. The Christmas Rose is a member of the genus Helleborus and is not related to the rose bush. The Christmas Rose is frost-resistant and many species are evergreens.

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The Christmas Rose of Mary Gardens bears pure white or pink flowers and are sometimes known as the Lenten Rose.
Learn more about Mary Gardens.

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For books related to the Christmas rose, see the following books on Amazon:

The Legend of the Christmas Rose
Story of the Christmas Rose: Remembrance of Times Past
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Chrysanthemum Flower Symbolism

chrysanthemum flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the chrysanthemum is abundance, wealth, cheerfulness, optimism, truth (white), hope, rest and wonderful friendship, I love (red), slighted love (yellow). The Japanese put a single chrysanthemum petal on the bottom of a wine glass to sustain a long and healthy life. Japanese emperors sat on the Chrysanthemum throne. The name is derived from the feminine form of Greek Chrysanthos, meaning "golden flower." In Italy, chrysanthemums are associated with death.

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For books related to the chrysanthemum, see these books on Amazon:
Chrysanthemums: The Complete Guide
Chrysanthemums and Dahlias

The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Crocus Flower Symbolism

crocus flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the crocus is cheerfulness and gladness. The genus crocus is placed botanically in the iris family. The plants grow from corms and are mainly perennials. They are found a wide range of habitats including woodland and meadows. Crocuses are native to central and southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and China.

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For books related to the crocus, see the following books on Amazon:
Crocus and Colchicum
The Big Book of Flower Gardening
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Cyclamen Flower Symbolism

The flower symbolism associated with cyclamen flowers is resignation and goodbye. Cyclamen are native in the Mediterranean and Africa. Cyclamen grow in dry forest or scrub areas. They are part of the primrose family, although they are tuberous and bear no obvious resemblance to primroses. Cyclamen have white, bright pink, red or purple flowers.

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Learn more about cyclamen flowers.

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Growing Cyclamen
Cyclamen a Gardener's Guide to the Genus



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Daffodil Flower Symbolism

daffodil flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the daffodil is regard, unrequited love, chivalry, sunshine, respect and the sun shines when I'm with you. Though the traditional daffodil of folklore, poetry, and field may have a yellow to golden-yellow color all over, both in the wild species and due to breeding, the daffodil may be variously colored. Breeders have developed some daffodils with double, triple, or ambiguously multiple rows of petals, and several wild species also have known double variants. In Greek mythology, the daffodil is described as a pale yellow deathless kind of lily flower that overspreads the plains of Hades and is the favorite food of the dead. The English name is derived from the flower name, from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, meaning "asphodel flower." Daffodils are also known by the English name derived from the Latin juncus, meaning "rush."

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see the following books on Amazon:
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Dahlia Flower Symbolism

dahlia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the dahlia is dignity, elegance, forever thine. The Aztecs used dahlias as a treatment for epilepsy. Europeans used the dahlia as a source of food in the 1840s when disease destroyed the French potato crop. The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl. Dahlias are often grown for flower shows. The English name is derived from the flower name, from the surname of Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, meaning "valley," hence "dahlia flower" or "valley flower."

Recommended Books
For more information about dahlias,
see the following books on Amazon:
The Dahlia Primer: How to select, grow, and show dahlias
Encyclopedia of Dahlias

Dahlias (Gardener's Guide)



Daisy Flower Symbolism

daisy floer symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the daisy is purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity. Daisies are often depicted in meadows in Medieval paintings, also known as a "flowery mead." Daisies are believed to be more than 4,000 years old and hairpins decorated with daisies were found during the excavation of the Minoan Palace on the Island of Crete. Even further back, Egyptian ceramics were decorated with daisies. The English name is derived from the flower name, from Old English dægeseage, "day's eye."

More Information on this Website
Daisies were used symbolically in Mary Gardens. Read more in our article about Mary Gardens or learn more about daisies in general in our article on daisies.

Recommended Books
For more information about flower gardening, see books on Amazon:
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Dandelion Flower Symbolism

dandelion flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the dandelion is love me, affection returned, desire, sympathy, faithfulness, happiness and love's oracle. The dandelion is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to many other places. In northern areas and places where the dandelion is not native, it has become a weed, exploiting disturbed ground in human environments.


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A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

Newcomb's Wildflower Guide

 



Day Lily Flowers

The symbolic meaning of the day lily is forgetting worries. As an omen for expectant mothers who wish for baby boys, the flower means "Suited for A Boy." The Chinese also venerate the day lily as a symbol of filial devotion to one's mother. The day lily has many names in China. When it has a cheerful position, the flower is called "Wong Yu".

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Learn more about day lilies.

Recommended Books
For more information about flower gardening, see books on Amazon:
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Delphinium Flower Symbolism

delphinium flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the delphinium is big-hearted, fun, lightness, levity, ardent attachment. The name delphinium comes from the Greek word delphis, a reference to the flower's resemblance to the bottle-like nose of the dolphin. Delphiniums were used by Native Americans to make blue dye. European settlers used delphinium for making ink. Delphiniums were also once thought to drive away scorpions. The name is derived from the French form of the Latin Delphinia, meaning "woman from Delphi."

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Delphiniums

The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Edelweiss Flower Symbolism

edelweiss flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the edelweiss flower is daring, courage and noble purity. The flowers are felted and woolly with white hairs, with characteristic bloom consisting of five to six small yellow flower heads surrounded by leaflets. Eidelweiss is a European mountain flower belonging to the sunflower family. The name comes from German edel (meaning noble) and weiss (meaning white).

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50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Fern Symbolism

fern flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with ferns is magic, fascination, confidence, shelter, discretion, reverie and a secret bond of love. A great many ferns are grown as landscape plants, for foliage for cut bouquets and as houseplants. Ferns do not have seeds or flowers, but reporduce by spores. There are about 12,000 varieties of ferns worldwide. The English name is derived from the vocabulary word fern, from Old English fear meaning "fern," a type of leafy plant. The name was first used in the 19th century when flower, plant or other "dainty" names were popular.

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Ferns: A Comprehensive Guide to Growing Ferns for the Home Gardener

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Forget-Me-Not Flower Symbolism

forget-me-not flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the forget-me-not is true love and memories. In 15th century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. In a medieval legend, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not". It is also told in pious legend that the Christ child was sitting on Mary's lap one day and said that he wished that future generations could see them. He touched her eyes and then waved his hand over the ground and blue forget-me-nots appeared.

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Foxglove Flower Symbolism

fosglove floer symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the foxglove is stateliness and youth. Foxglove flowers have both positive and negative symbolic meanings. They are said to sometimes hurt and sometimes heal. The scientific name is digitalis, a reference to the presence of powerful chemicals that can heal heart conditions if taken correctly but can kill if taken in large amounts. Thus, foxglove is symbolic of both healing and harm.

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Fuchsia Flower Symbolism

fuchsia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the fuchsia is confiding love. Fuchsia flowers are a very decorative pendulous "eardrop" shape, borne in profusion throughout the summer and autumn, and all year in tropical species. In many species, the sepals are bright red and the petals purple, a combination of colors that attract hummingbirds.

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Gardenia Flower Symbolism

gardenia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the gardenia is you're lovely, secret love, purity and refinement. Gardenia plants are prized for the strong sweet scent of their flowers, which can be very large in some species. Gardenias are in the coffee family and are native to Africa, Asia, Australasia and Oceana. Gardenias also grow in Hawaii. They are shrubs or small trees. The English name is derived from the flower name, meaning simply "garden flower."

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Geranium Flower Symbolism

geranium flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the geranium is a true friend, stupidity, folly and meeting. The genus name is derived from the Greek word geranos, meaning "crane". The name derives from the appearance of the seed-heads, which have the same shape as the bill of a crane. Geraniums are found in temperate regions of the world and in tropical mountains.

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Gladiolus Flower Symbolism

gladiolus flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the gladiolus is preparedness, strength, splendid beauty and love at first sight. The gladiolus is named for the shape of its leaves, "gladius" or sword. The gladiolus is said to have symbolized the Roman gladiators. The British used the stem base (corms) as a poultice for thorns and splinters.

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Globe Amaranth Flower Symbolism

globe amaranth flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the globe amaranth is unfading love. The globe amaranth is an annual plant that grows up to 24 inches in height. The true species has magenta flowers, and garden varieties have additional colors such as purple, red, white, pink, and lilac. The globe amaranth is a genus of plants in the family Amaranthaceae.

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Hibiscus Flower Symbolism

hibiscus flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with hibiscus is delicate beauty. Hibiscus is a large genus containing over 200 species, including landscape shrubs (attractive to butterfliwes and bees), a variety used as a vegetable and another type used for paper making. The most well-known use of hibiscus is for herbal teas. (Photo courtesy of Nvineeth, Wikimedia Commons)

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Holly Symbolism

holly flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the holly is defense, domestic happiness and forecast. The Romans decorated their hallways with holly garlands for their mid-winter celebration, Saturnalia. Medieval monks called the holly the Holy Tree and believed holly would keep away evil spirits and protects their homes from lightening. The pointed leaves represented the crown of thorns worn by Jesus, and the red berries symbolized drops of his blood.

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Honeysuckle Flower Symbolism

honeysuckle flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the honeysuckle is bond of love and I love you. Wood cuttings from honeysuckle are sold as cat toys. The wood contains nepetalactone, the active ingredient found in catnip. Honeysuckle is a twining flower grown in China, Europe and North America. Many species have sweetly scented, bell-shaped flowers.

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Huckleberry Symbolism

hucleberry symbolismThe symbolism associated with the huckleberry is faith and simple pleasures. The tiny size of huckleberries led to their frequent use as a way of referring to something small, often in an affectionate way. The phrase "a huckleberry over my persimmon" was used to mean "a bit beyond my abilities". "I'll be your huckleberry" is a way of saying that one is just the right person for a given job.

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Hyacinth Flower Symbolism

hyacinth flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the hyacinth is games, sports, rashness, and playful joy. The name is derived from the Latin form of Greek hyakinthos. Hyacinths are named after Hyacinth, a figure in Greek mythology. This is the name of a youth loved by Apollo who accidentally killed him, after which the hyacinth flower sprouted from his blood.Hyacinths are sometimes associated with rebirth. The hyacinth flower is used in the Haftseen table setting for the Persian New Year celebration. The prophet Mohammad is reported to have said “If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul.”

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Impatiens Flower Symbolism

Impatiens Flower SymbolismThe flower symbolism associated with impatiens flowers is motherly love. Impatiens flowers come in a wide variety of forms including flat flowers and orchid-like shapes. In the medieval Mary gardens devoted to the Virgin Mary, impatiens plants were called "Our Lady's earrings."

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Iris Flower Symbolism

iris flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the iris is faith, wisdom, cherished friendship, hope, valor, my compliments, promise in love, wisdom. Irises were used in Mary Gardens. The blade-shaped foliage denotes the sorrows which 'pierced her heart.' The iris is the emblem of both France and Florence, Italy. Greek name meaning "rainbow." In mythology, this is the name of a rainbow goddess. The name is in use by the English as a feminine name, and by those of Jewish heritage as a unisex name.

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Ivy Symbolism

ivy symbolismThe symbolism associated with ivy is wedded love, fidelity, friendship and affection. Ivy walls are considered idyllic and charming. A soundly mortared wall is impenetrable to the climbing roots of ivy and will not be damaged, and is also protected from further weathering by the ivy. However, walls with already weak or loose mortar may be badly damaged, as the ivy is able to root into the weak mortar and further break up the wall.

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Jasmine Flower Symbolism

jasmine flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the jasmine flower is attachment, sensuality, modesty, grace and elegance. Jasmines are widely cultivated for their flowers, enjoyed in the garden, as house plants, and as cut flowers. The flowers are worn by women in their hair in southern and southeast Asia. Some claim that the daily consumption of Jasmine tea is effective in preventing certain cancers. The English name is derived from the Persian yasmin, meaning "jasmine flower," a plant in the olive family and the masculine form is Jasmin.

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Lady's Mantle Symbolism

lady's mantle symbolismThe symbolism associated with Lady's Mantle is that of a cloak for for the Blessed Virgin. Lady's mantle was grown in Mary Gardens. The name alchemilla ("little magical one") derives from the dew which collects on the lady's mantle. Dew is often associated with magic. The dew was used as a beauty lotion, while pillows stuffed with it were reputed to bring on a good sleep.

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Lilac Flower Symbolism

lilac flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the lilac is beauty, pride, youthful innocence and youth. A pale purple color is generally known as lilac after the flower. Lilacs can also be white, pale yellow, pink or burgundy. Lilacs are known for their strong, perfume-like scent and are the state flower of New Hampshire. Lilacs grow on shrubs or trees. English woman's name is derived from the name of this flowering bush. A pale purple color is generally known as lilac after the flower.

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Lily Flower Symbolism

lily floer symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the lily is chastity, virtue, fleur-de-lis, Holy Trinity, faith, wisdom, chivalry, royalty; beauty (calla), mother (China), hatred (orange), wealth, pride (tiger); sweetness, virginity, purity, majesty, it's heavenly to be with you (white); gaiety, gratitude, I'm walking on air (yellow). The flower symbolism of lilies is associated with the annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the angel Gabriel. In both Christian and pagan traditions, lilies symbolize fertility. In Greek marriage ceremonies, the bride wears a crown of lilies.

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Lotus Flower Symbolism

lotus flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the lotus is estranged love and forgetfulness of the past. The lotus is the national flower of India. The blue or Indian lotus, also known as the bean of India and the sacred water-lily of Hinduism and Buddhism. Lotus roots are also used widely in Asian cooking. The English name is derived from the flower name, from Latin lotus, from Greek lotos, a name for various kinds of plants before it came to designate the Egyptian "white lotus." The Greek word may ultimately come from Hebrew lowt, meaning "covering, veil."

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Lupine Flower Symbolism

lupine flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with Lupines are symbolic of imagination. The name "lupinus" actually means "of wolves" due to the mistaken belief that ancient peoples had that lupines robbed the soil of nutrients. The fact is that lupines add nitrogen to the soil. Lupines are the only food for the Karner blue butterfly's caterpillar. The scent from lupine blossoms is like that of honey, a nice addition to any garden.

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Magnolia Flower Symbolism

magnolia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with nobility, perseverance and love of nature. Magnolia is the official state state flower of both Mississippi and Louisiana. The flower's abundance in Mississippi is reflected in its state nickname, the "Magnolia State". The magnolia is also the official state tree of Mississippi. One of the oldest nicknames for Houston, Texas Is "The Magnolia City" due to the abundance of Magnolia Trees growing along Buffalo Bayou.

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Marigold Flower Symbolism

marigold flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with marigolds is indicated in the name: Mary's Gold. Marigold flowers were "golden gifts" offered to the Virgin by the poor who could not afford to give actual gold. Marigolds were used in Mary Gardens. Marigolds are symbolic of passion and creativity. Marigolds are also known as the "Herb of the Sun." Marigolds have been used as love charms and incorporated into wedding garlands. In some cultures, marigold flowers have been added to pillows to encourage prophetic or psychic dreams. The English name is derived from the flower name, composed of the name Mary meaning "the Mother Ray" and the word "gold."

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Marjoram Symbolism

marjoram symbolismThe symbolism associated with marjoram is joy and happiness. Marjoram is a somewhat cold-sensitive under shrub with sweet pine and citrus flavors. It is also called sweet marjoram. Marjoram is cultivated for its aromatic leaves, either green or dry, for culinary purposes. The tops are cut as the plants begin to flower and are dried slowly in the shade.

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Morning Glory Flower Symbolism

morning glory flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the morning glory is affection. As the name implies, morning glory flowers, which are funnel-shaped, open in the morning, allowing them to be pollinated by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, other daytime insects and birds. The flower typically lasts for a single morning and dies in the afternoon. New flowers bloom each day.

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Narcissus Flower Symbolism

narcissus flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the narcissus is normality, stay sweet, self-esteem and vanity. The name narcissus is derived from that of the youth of Greek mythology called Narcissus, who became so obsessed with his own reflection as he kneeled and gazed into a pool of water that he fell into the water and drowned. The legend continues that the narcissus plant first sprang from where he died. The Latin form is derived from the Greek Narkissos, possibly meaning "numbness; sleep.

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Nasturtium Flower Symbolism

nasturtium flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the nasturtium is victory in battle and conquest. Nasturtium literally means "nose-twister" or "nose-tweaker" and refers to a genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial flowering plants. The Nasturtium flower's botanical name, Tropaeolum majus, is Latin for trophy, a warlike reference.Nasturtium have showy, often intensely bright flowers and rounded, shield-shaped leaves with the petiole in the center.

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Orange Blossom Flower Symbolism

orange blossom flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the orange blossom is innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness. The orange blossom, which is the state flower of Florida, is traditionally associated with good fortune, and was popular in bridal bouquets and head wreaths for weddings. The petals of orange blossom can also be made into a delicately citrus-scented version of rosewater. Orange blossom water is a common part of Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Orchid Flower Symbolism

orchid flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the orchid is love, beauty, refinement, many children, thoughtfulness and mature charm. Orchids have become a major market throughout the world. Buyers now bid hundreds of dollars on new hybrids or improved ones. Orchids are one of the most popular cut-flowers on the market. The English name is derived from the flower name, from Greek orkhis, meaning "testicle," from Proto-Indo-European orghi. The plant was given this name because of the shape of its root.

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Pansy Flower Symbolism

pansy flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the pansy is merriment and you occupy my thoughts. The pansy is also called the heartsease or Johnny Jump Up. The name pansy is derived from the French word pensée meaning "thought", and was so named because the flower resembles a human face. In August the pansy is thought to nod forward as if deep in thought.

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Peony Flower Symbolism

peony flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the peony is happy marriage, compassion and bashfulness. Peonies are extensively grown as ornamental plants for their very large, often scented flowers. The English name is derived from the flower name, peony, which was named after the physician god Paeon because the flower was formerly used in medicine. Peonies tend to attract ants to the flower buds due to the nectar that forms. Peonies are herbaceous plants or woody shrubs with red, white or yellow flowers.

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Petunia Flower Symbolism

petunia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the petunia is your presence soothes me. Dixon, Illinois is the Petunia Capital of the world. Every year, the Petunia Festival draws thousands of visitors to the city. The streets are lined in petunias. The parade mascot is Pinky Petunia. Petunias are of South American origin and closely related to tobacco, tomatoes and chilis.

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Poinsettia Flower Symbolism

poinsettia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the poinsettia has an ancient history. The ancient Aztecs considered the poinsettia to be a symbol of purity. Today, poinsettias are the most easily recognized flower symbolic of Christmas. Poinsettias are also known as the "Christmas flower" and "Mexican flame leaf." Poinsettias originally came from Mexico and Central America. According to legend, one day near Christmas a child who was too poor to buy a present for the Christ child picked a weed from the side of the road. When he reached the church, the plant blossomed in red and green flowers.

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Poppy Flower Symbolism

poppy flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with poppies is beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal life. The Egyptians included poppies at funerals and in burial tombs. The Greeks used poppies in the shrines of Demeter, goddess of fertility, and Diana, goddess of the hunt. Poppies denote sleep, rest and repose. In modern times, poppies have been associated with Flanders fields as an emblem of those who died in World War I. English name derived from the flower name, from Latin papaver, which may be a reduplication of the base *pap-, meaning "to swell." 

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Pussy Willow Flower Symbolism

pussy willow symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with pussy willows is motherhood. When grown commercially, pussy willow shoots are picked just as the buds expand in spring, and can last indefinitely once dried. The branches can be put in vases or the buds can be used for table decoration. Pussy willows are one of the earliest signs of spring.

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Rhododendron Flower Symbolism

rhododendron flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the rhododendron is beware and caution. Rhododendron means "rose tree." Some spices are toxic to animals and may have a hallucinogenic and laxative effect on humans, thus the symbolism related to warning and danger. Today there are over 1,000 species of rhododendrons. Rhododendrons are the national flower of Nepal, the state flower of Sikkim in India, and the state flower of West Virginia and Washington in the United States. Derived from the Greek name meaning "rose." In the bible, this is the name of a servant in the house of Mary.

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Rose Flower Symbolism

The flower symbolism associated with roses is love, remembrance, passion (red); purity (white); happiness (pink); infidelity (yellow); unconscious beauty, I love you. Roses were first cultivated 5,000 years ago in Asian gardens. Confucius wrote that the emperor of China owned over 600 books on the cultivation of roses. Roses were introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire and were thereafter used for ornamental purposes. Roses are emblems of England and New York City. This name was in use throughout the Middle Ages (long before herb and flower names became popular) and probably originated as a short form of longer Germanic names containing the word hrod, meaning "horse."

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Shamrock Symbolism

shamrock symbolismThe symbolism associated with shamrocks is lightheartedness, good fortune and good luck. The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland and a registered trademark of the Republic of Ireland. The shamrock was traditionally used for its medicinal properties and was a popular decorative motif in Victorian times. The shamrock is also symbolic of St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17th.

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Snapdragon Flower Symbolism

snapdragon flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with snapdragons is graciousness and strength. The snapdragon is important as a model organism in botanical research. Its genome has been studied in detail. The name literally means "like a nose" in Ancient Greek. Snapdragons are perennials that do bets in full or partial sun.

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Sunflower Flower Symbolism

sunflower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with sunflowers is adoration. Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun, which is the origin of their common name. Sunflowers belong to the genus helianthus, a reference to Helios, the sun god. Sunflowers are native to the Americas and are the state flower of Kansas. Cultivated sunflowers can reach an incredible twenty feet in height. Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants in the world, increasing in height up to one foot a day. These lofty heights have resulted in the sunflower being symbolic of haughtiness as well as adoration.

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Sweet Pea Flower Symbolism

sweet pea flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with sweet peas is bliss, delicate pleasure, good-bye, departure, adieu and thank you for a lovely time. Sweet peas were very popular in the late 1800s and are often considered the floral emblem for Edwardian England. Sweet peas are the flowers most closely connected to the month of April.

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Tulip Flower Symbolism

tulip flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with tulips is fame and perfect love. The symbolic meanings also change with the color of the tulips. Red tulips mean "believe me" and are a declaration of love. Variegated tulips mean "you have beautiful eyes." Yellow tulips mean "there's sunshine in your smile." And cream colored tulips mean "I will love you forever." Tulips are the foremost national symbol of Holland, rivaling wooden shoes and windmills! The name for tulips comes from the headdress worn by many Middle Eastern peoples known as a turban or taliban. In Latin, this translates to "tulipa."

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Verbena Flower Symbolism

verbena flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with the verbena flower is pray for me and sensibility. Verbena has longstanding use in herbalism and folk medicine, usually as a tea. Verbena is grown as a honey plant to supply bees with nectar. Verbenas are native to both the the American continent and Europe. Legends has it that verbenas will protect people from vampires.

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The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths



Violet Flower Symbolism

Violet Flower SYmbolismThe flower symbolism associated with violets is modesty, virtue, affection, watchfulness, faithfulness, love and let's take a chance on happiness. When newly opened, viola or violet flowers may be used to decorate salads or in stuffing for poultry or fish. Soufflés, cream and similar desserts can be flavored with essence of violet flowers. The English name is derived from the vocabulary word, from Latin viola, meaning "violet color" or "violet flower."

Recommended Books
For more information about violets, see the following Amazon books:
The African Violet Handbook
Perennials: A Photographic Guide to More than 1,000 Plants



Wisteria Flowers

The symbolic meaning of wisteria flowers is welcome and playful spontaneity. The wisteria is called "Purple Vine" in China. In one cluster, the petals shade harmoniously from the strong, dark purple tip to the soft, light pink at the open base.Wisteria vines climb steadily by twining themselves either clockwise or counterclockwise around any available support. Wisteria is named for the eighteenth century Philadelphia physician, Caspar Wistar.

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Recommended Books
For more information about flowers, see the following books on Amazon:
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths


Zinnia Flower Symbolism

zinnia flower symbolismThe flower symbolism associated with zinnias are thoughts of absent friends, lasting affection, constancy, goodness and daily remembrance. Zinnias are the state flower of Indiana. The original zinnias were found in the early 1500s in the wilds of Mexico. They were so dull and unattractive that the Aztec name for them meant "eyesore." The common name, garden Cinderella, indicates the level of the zinnia's later transformation. Zinnias are named for the German botanist Johann Zinn.

Recommended Books
For more information about flowers, see the following books on Amazon:
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
The Language of Flowers: Symbols And Myths


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Books
Jone, Julia. Country Diary of Garden Lore. NY: Summit Books, 1968.

Lehner, Ernst and Johanna. Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees. NY: Tudor Publishing C., 1960.

Greenaway, Kate. Language of Flowers. 1884.

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