Flower Meanings & History of Flowers
By Josh Grossman
charming and delicate beauty of flowers has fascinated people
of all nations and backgrounds for centuries. Flowers have been
bred and cultivated for their decorative beauty as well as their
ability to heal diseases. Flowers are the subject of poems and
myths, and religious symbols are associated with flowers as well.
Many girls are named after flowers. The main reason for the popularity
of flowers though is their ability to bring good cheer.
all fellow lovers and admirers of flowers here is some background
information about flowers. This will help give your flower gift
giving and buying a greater context.
are over 600 species of asters, the most popular being the Monte
Casino. Ancient societies believed that the odor of its leaves,
when burnt, drove away serpents. While this might not be as applicable
today, perhaps its connotation is still relevant: Giving asters
means, "I am not sure whether you have been faithful to me".
Be careful who you send asters to!
the name suggests these flowers come from Ireland, they originated
in western Asia. Bells of Ireland have a spicy/peppery scent and
are part of the mint family. They stand for good luck.
Meanings: good luck, whimsy
of the century dandies would not leave the house without a white
or red carnation in the buttonhole of their suit. With the end
of this tradition and the fact that carnations are so easily cultivated
and grown, the flower has lost some of its popularity. However,
carnations are not only beautiful and long lasting flowers, they
also send a message: When you receive a red carnation bouquet,
it means, "My heart aches for you" and when you receive
white carnations the sender is saying: "I am still available."
fascination, devoted Love
chrysanthemums have been cultivated in Chinese gardens for almost
3000 years! The name chrysanthemum comes from the Greek chrysos
(gold) and anthos (flower). Today some of the meanings associated
with this flower are: innocence, cheerfulness and loyal love.
Meanings: cheerfulness, innocence
dahlia is the national flower of Mexico and this is also its birthplace.
An old Aztec document states that the Aztecs used dahlias as a
treatment for epilepsy. Only in the 19th century did the flower
come to Europe where it was bred and cultivated into today's varieties.
you know that there are so many different varieties of iris that
they can be grown wild year round, in water and on land? Iris
was most significant in history as the emblem of France -- Fleur-de-Lis
-- established in the 11th century by the king of France. Today,
it is the state flower of Tennessee and its meanings are faith,
hope and wisdom.
faith, hope, wisdom
have been associated with many ancient myths. They are mentioned
in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, and symbolize
chastity and virtue. Even today, lilies are associated with purity
lilies or alstroemeria are named after the Swedish botanist
Baron Klas von Alstroemer. He brought the flower seeds back from
a trip to South America in the 18th century.
Meanings: friendship, devotion
lilies were first imported from South Africa to America
in the mid-nineteenth century. The waxy white blooms and spearheaded
leaves of the calla lily stand for radiant beauty and sophistication.
may sound like a Latin name, but it is one of several common names
associated with this plant. It is also referred to as Prairie
Gentian, Prairie Rose or Texas Bluebell. The flowers existing
today are derived from an American wildflower that is native to
prairies ranging from Colorado to Nebraska and down to Texas.
the 19th Century, orchids were widely collected. With nearly 25,000
varieties, some orchids are among the most exquisite and expensive
flowers available. In antiquity, orchids were correlated with
love and fertility. It was common knowledge that they would protect
against diseases. Given as a gift they stand for preciousness
are an old decorative flower, widely used by the Romans. From
its origin in southern Spain the cultivated form was spread throughout
the whole Roman Empire. Nowadays remnants of this original population
which all belong to the species Antirrhinum majus are found among
Roman remains like temples in southern France, Malta, and Italy.
The flower, also called "gracious lady" stands for deception.
their far-reaching popularity, roses are the queens of flowers.
After buttercup, the roses are the second oldest variety of flowers
on the planet. Biologists can trace roses back some 200 million
years! Although there is a huge number of meanings and symbols
associated with roses, the most common of course is love, which
originated in Greek mythology. When Aphrodite cried about the
death of her lover Adonis, she had red "Adonis Roses"
grown with his blood, - thus red roses are the symbol of never-ending
love. Important to mention are the roses' thorns, of which we
all probably have some painful memory. Symbolically, love can
be painful and full of suffering when not treated carefully.
roses: I love you, unconscious beauty
White roses: spiritual love, purity
Yellow roses: joy, gladness
Orange roses: fascinated, enthusiastic
Pink roses: grace, gentility
from Persia, tulips were introduced to Western Europe and the
Netherlands in the 17th century. When growers started to hybridize
the flower, they found ways of making it even more decorative.
Hybrids of the flower were a scarcity at the time and a symbol
of high status. Soon tulips became very popular as a trading product
and bulbs were traded at the highest prices. The months of late
1636 to early 1637 would make history in the Netherlands as "Tulipmania".
A bed of tulips was worth up to $5,000, the value of a small house
in Amsterdam. The bulbs became currency, and their value was quoted
at the stock market.
perfect lover, fame
turn their heads toward the sun and this how they got their common
name. They originated in Central and South America. Sunflowers
are not only pretty to look at but sunflower seeds are power-packed
with healthy fats, protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamin E - all
important to the nutritional quality of your diet. Wait! That
doesn't mean you're supposed to eat the seeds out of your sunflower
Grossman is cofounder of online florist Beyond Blossoms (http://www.beyondblossoms.com).
The company ships farm fresh, hand-tied flowers nationwide.