Flower Symbolism

Posted on September 14, 2009

Which Symbolic Flowers To Convey Your Feeling?

Flower symbolism during the Victorian era was used to communicate messages and express feelings through flowers as opposed to words.  This language of flowers, also called floriography, which uses flower symbolism, was and still is a unique means of communication, at times more effective than spoken words.  Certain symbolic flowers are more prevalent than others, but the thought of bringing back flower symbolism and language of flowers is a powerful ideology.

In some cases, the language of symbolic flowers has united with spoken word.  For instance, the Shakespearean quote, "A rose by another other name would smell as sweet", which implies that the beauty of this flower is independent of what we name it.  Each flower's natural beauty is the essence of flower symbolism.  But what do different flowers symbolize and can one use the symbolism when having a floral gift delivered?


What do Flowers Symbolize?

Love is perhaps the most popular sentiment of flower symbolism today.  Red roses signify passion and romantic love.  Other kinds of symbolic flowers that mean love are:
  • red tulips which symbolize a love declaration
  • pink carnations are representative of a woman's love
  • forget-me-nots are said to mean true love
  • purple lilacs  which symbolize first love
  • azaleas have a meaning of passion
flower-symbolism-azaleasflower-symbolism-lilacs Friendship as denoted by symbolic flowers allows the expression of gratitude to a friend in a unique way.  Yellow roses which also mean platonic love are also a popular symbolic flowers for friendship, but there are others. Pear blossoms relate to a lasting friendship.  Oftentimes, daisies and daffodils are chosen as symbolic flowers of friendship for their bright and joyful nature.  In general, symbolic flowers of friendship are pale in color and delicate in appearance .flower-symbolism-daisiesflower-symbolism-pear-blossom Strength as symbolized by the gladiolus signifies strength of character.  The gladiolus obtained its name from the Roman gladiators. Another symbolic flower is the snapdragon (strength, graciousness), Both of these would be appropriate in a funeral floral arrangement as one offers strength to the grieving. The orchid flower symbolism may signify love and beauty, but also strength as in ancient Greece where orchids were connected with virility. flower-symbolism-gladiolusflower-symbolism-gladiator Rebirth or Death is symbolized differently in each culture. Poppies as symbolic flowers stand for consolation in death.  In some European countries, the flower symbolism of white chrysanthemums is revealed in funerals or on graves.  This is similar in China, Japan and Korea. But in the United States, the chrysanthemum is associated with innocence and cheerfulness, so in a sense, rebirth. flower-symbolism-poppiesflower-symbolism-white-chrysanthemum Peace in flower symbolism in many Asian cultures is the lotus flower.  It's interesting to note that one seated position in yoga is called the "lotus pose".  The flower called peace lily conveys its name.  Also, cattails have been known to symbolize peace and prosperity. Many choose blue symbolic flowers to communicate peace and tranquility. flower-symbolism-peace-lilyflower-symbolism-blue-lotus Hope is a feeling easily conveyed through flower symbolism.  Traditionally, the snowdrop is known as the 'flower of hope'.  Being that the snowdrop is an early spring bloomer, these symbolic flowers represent consolation. Irises also denote hope and faith and come in a variety of colors. Baby's breath flowers symbolize hope and procreation, so sometimes they are seen in a newborn baby gift basket. flower-symbolism-irisflower-symbolism-baby-breath In a sense, all flowers symbolize hope and rebirth as cold winter breaks to show signs of spring. Although flower symbolism was common during the Victorian era, it dates back to before this time.  Today, we see elements of this language of flowers.  Using symbolic flowers to convey feelings and commemorate events is a classic gesture that will never lose its charm.

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