Flower Meanings: The Symbolism of Common Flowers

Flower Meanings: The Symbolism of Common Flowers field of flowers

Whether it be a symbol of love, respect, joy, even caution, every flower has a meaning. They signify feelings that are sometimes difficult to express in words, and they give us a way to express deeper messages to the people we care about. But do you know the language of flowers? If not, then read over some of the meanings of the most adored flowers.

Amaryllis

The amaryllis stands tall and proud; that’s probably why the flower became associated with pride. The name “amaryllis” also harkens back to The Eclogues, a popular poem by Virgil, where the nymph Amaryllis fell in love with a gardener named Alteo. To show him her love, she pierced her heart with a golden arrow for thirty nights in order to produce a flower that had never existed before—the amaryllis.

Aster

According to Greek mythology, asters were created by the tears of the Greek goddess Astraea.  Now-a-days, this star-shaped flower symbolizes love, wisdom, and faith.

Begonia

The Begonia is a symbol of caution; it’s meant as a sign of warning about future misfortunes or new situations. However, it can also be meant as a symbol of gratitude or respect, so don’t go throwing out all of your begonias just yet.

Carnation

With a variety of colors, carnations naturally have a variety of meanings. White carnations represent pure love and good luck; dark red is meant to represent romantic love; light red symbolizes admiration; purple implies capriciousness; and pink carnations are a symbol of a mother’s undying love.

Daffodil

The daffodil, also known as narcissus, may be named after the arrogant Greek god Narcissus, but it has nothing to do with narcissism. In fact, it represents rebirth and new beginnings. It’s also connected to the end of winter and is a symbol of future prosperity.

Daisy

An old Celtic legend stated that whenever an infant died, God sprinkled daisies over the earth for the grieving parents. As a result, daisies now symbolize innocence and purity, the same innocence and purity we associate with children.

Freesia

Freesias represent friendship, trust, and thoughtfulness, which is why it’s a popular gift for friends and families across cultures. This is also why, since the 1950s, it’s been a common wedding flower, as it represents the trust between married couples.

Hydrangea

The meaning of hydrangea starts back in Japan. According to legend, a Japanese emperor gave hydrangeas to the family of the woman he loved in order to show his devotion and to make up for neglecting her in favor of imperial duties. As a result, it is now associated with emotion, understanding, and apologies.

Iris

It is named after the Greek goddess (yes, many flowers are named after Greek gods and goddesses) Iris, the goddess of the rainbow and a messenger for Zeus and Hera, a fitting name for a flower with such a variety of colors. It also symbolizes wisdom, hope, trust, and valor.

Orchid

Orchids were derived from the word “orchis” thanks to the ancient Greek botanist Theophrastos, who thought the flower resembled the male anatomy. As a result, it is now associated with fertility, virility, and sexuality.

Rose

This should really go without saying, but the rose is a symbol of love and passion. Why? Because according to Greek mythology (again), roses came from the blood of Adonis, the god of beauty and desire.

Tulip

Similar to roses, tulips also represent love, but specifically perfect love. It derives from a Turkish legend about two lovers, Farhad and Shirin. There are two versions of the story, but in both Shirin dies and Farhad, in grief, takes his own life. In the area where Farhad dies, red tulips grow, symbolizing the perfect love between Farhad and Shirin.

Flowers represent many things to many people. And when you give flowers, you are saying something very special. Knowing the hidden symbols in the flowers you give can help you to choose with more awareness. But if you still need more help on selecting the perfect flower, then feel free to contact the florists at Mills Florist for advice on selecting the perfect flower for your friends or family.