There are hundreds of types of flowers in the world and each of them has symbolism and meaning. Flowers are infused and associated to meanings and symbols, making them a popular choice to convey a message. To the Japanese, flowers are associated to meanings and this art is called Hanakotoba. This art was also famous even before the Victorian Era and it was referred to as Floriography.
For centuries, flowers have fascinated different kinds of people from different parts of the world. Flowers are used as gifts, home decorations, event decorations, and many other purposes. Flowers are also used as symbolism and nearly each of man’s sentiment can be expressed using a specific type of flowers. Ever since the Victorian Era, flowers are more than just pretty and charming petals but a specific floral meaning that conveys the language of love. Each flower was used to symbolize a message, thus the flower dictionaries soared high.
As what the saying goes, “Go say it with flowers.” People really say their emotions using flowers. This practice began since the beginning of time and it is still being used in this modern and high-tech generation. Whether for romantic purposes on Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversaries, birthdays, and other occasions, or for non-romantic purposes such as Baby Showers, Get Well wishes, Graduations, and many more, flowers never fail to show its magic in terms of conveying messages.
Here are some of the types of flowers and the meaning or symbolism they carry:
Orchids as the National Flower of Singapore
Orchids have their exotic appearance and delicate beauty that make them very rare. The flower symbolizes royal beauty, luxury, and elegance.
Singapore is home to a thousand and more species of Orchids, as well as to 2000 hybrids of Orchids. It was the first country to have hybrid orchids. Because of this you can expect this flower to be ubiquitous in the country. Almost every area, garden, park, and shops have a variety of Orchids planted or decorated with. In wide variety of species, colors, texture, appearance, and sizes, Singapore orchids are very lovely.
The national flower of Singapore is a special hybrid type of Orchids. The Vanda Miss Joaquim was cultivated and became the first hybrid in the country from a Vanda, a specific type of orchid. It was named after its cultivator, Agnes Joaquim, a woman who chose this hybrid flower to be an official entry to a flower contest in 1899.
The Vanda Miss Joaquim hybrid orchid won the first prize in the said contest, and since then, Singapore appointed it to be the country’s national flower.
The Vanda Miss Joaquim, being the national flower of the country, was also chosen for its beautiful qualities. Just like how Singaporean people are beautiful inside and out, they are also strong, resilient, and full of life. These qualities are also present in the hybrid Vanda Miss Joaquim.
An orchid garden is common in almost any cities and villages in Singapore. People love this beautiful flower even before the country has produced more than 2,000 types of hybrid orchids. Some of the hybrids are named after different significant people, including celebrities and notable individuals of the country and of the world.
An orchid flower is a popular choice for flower gifting, flower planting, and home or office decorations in the country. Singapore has its own way of cultivating its heritage through the flowers of Orchids.
Hydrangea Flower, the Water Barrel
Symbolizing vanity or abundance, the Hydrangea flower derived its name from the Greek word “hydor” which means water, and “angos” which means vessel or jar. The structure of this flower can be resembled to a cup and it needs plenty of water to give the perfect blooms. The lavish petals and lacy texture of the flowers may represent wishes for abundance while the big bushy heads of its bloom may represent unique charm.
This flower was first seen in Japan. Its big blooms and fantastic scent make them one of the many popular choices for flower gifting on different kinds of occasions. In terms of colors and hues, the flowers of hydrangeas vary depending on the acidity level of the ground or soil where it is planted.
Available in a variety of colors from light shades to dark shades, Hydrangeas can be found in pink, burgundy, green, purple, and blue. White hydrangea can be used for wedding bouquets or for wedding anniversary bouquets. Blue hydrangea can be used for boutonnieres or as fillers for a lovely and vibrant birthday flower arrangement.
Sunflower, Meanings and Symbolism
Symbolizing warm welcome, adoration, or longevity, Sunflowers resemble the sun in its bright yellow color. It also faces the sun upward as it blooms. From the Greek word helios which means sun and anthos which means flower, Helianthus is the Sunflower that comes from a genus of plants. It has a total of 70 species. The popular annual sunflower or Helianthus annuus are cultivated not only for flower industry but also as food crops for humans and animals.
History of Sunflowers
Sunflowers originated in USA in 1000 B.C. Since then, the flowers were cultivated to be a source of food. The world began to see its beauty and appreciate its sustenance as European exploration did spread it.
There are also other parts of the world where this flower and its images were used as symbolic religious object. Documents were gathered that proved its uses in the societies. Aside from documents and images, photographs of Sunflowers were also found and they inspired the native people to create many ancient works of arts.
Types of Sunflowers
- Tall Sunflowers
Soaring high up to 16 feet tall, the Skyscrapers, Sunforest Mix, American Giant, Russian Mammoth, and Schweinitz’s Sunflowers are under this type. Some of them are also rare species.
- Dwarf Sunflowers
Dwarf Sunflowers have smaller stalks of up to 2 feet height. They are Sundance Kid, Little Becka, Suntastic Yellow, and Sunny Smile. They are easy to grow at home.
- Colored Sunflowers
Sunflowers come not only in yellow color. They are available in a variety of colors. Included in this type of color is the Terracotta, Earth Walker, Mrs. Mars, Chianti, and Moulin Rouge.
Sunflowers symbolize adoration, dedication, and pure thoughts. They are also referred to as False Riches because people mistaken them for a gold flower. The bright yellow petals of this flower and the dark-colored center simply resemble the sun. This is why they are used to express warm wishes, wishes for long life, and special greetings on special occasions.
Uses of Sunflowers
- Edible Oil
- Non-Oil Seed
- Oil Crop
- Birdseed Crop
- Human snack food
Chrysanthemum Flower, Meanings and Symbolism
The beautiful flower of Chrysanthemums signifies a variety of meanings all across the globe. During the Victorian Era, Chrysanthemums are meant for well wishes to friends. To the people of Asia, this flower symbolizes life and birth, which makes them a popular choice for birthday bouquets or for flower arrangements for baby showers or to welcome a new baby.
To the Buddhists, it is believed to be a powerful flower with Yang energy. To the Americans, the Chrysanthemum flower is meant to show respect, honor, or appreciation. To the Europeans, this flower is used to express sympathy.
In china, this flower is traditionally given to grandparents and elderly people for long life and good luck, while in Australia it is their official Mother’s Day flower. In Belgium and Austria, mums are used as sympathy flower and as flower to give tribute and pay last respect to a deceased family member.
Aside from its meaning and symbolism in different countries, Chrysanthemums also hold deep cultural significance. It is derived from Confucianism and used as one of the major plants referred to as the Four Gentleman. This flower is always present in any Chinese traditional paintings and work of arts.
To the Japanese Imperial family, the official seal is made based on the 16 petals of Chrysanthemum and the seal is used only for government documents. The Emperor’s Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum is also the highest and most prestigious honor.
The different colors of Chrysanthemums may also symbolize different expressions of emotions. The red one symbolizes love while a yellow one shows sorrow and broken heartedness. White chrysanthemums may show loyalty and devotion. Violet Chrysanthemums are used to wish someone to get well soon. A combination of colors may show happiness, joy, and longevity, loyalty, and positivity.
In Japan, a National Chrysanthemum Day or the Festival of Happiness is celebrated every year. The Japanese term for Chrysanthemum is Kiku but its original word came from the Greek Word “chrysos” which means gold, and “anthemon” which means flower. In the modern generations, this flower is commonly referred to as “mums.”
Some Facts about Chrysanthemums:
- It is the birth flower of the month of November.
- It is the Queen of Fall Flowers in USA.
- It belongs to the Asteraceae flower family, the largest family of flower with more than 23,000 species.
- It is a flower with several small flower heads in a cluster.
Uses of Chrysanthemums:
- For health purposes
Aside from being a beautiful flower for gifting and decoration purposes, the flower of Chrysanthemums is also used as medicine. The medicinal properties of this flower are believed to provide Chrysanthemum tea benefits such as relief from chest pains, headaches, inflammation, and fever.
It is also used for the treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, A Chrysanthemum tea is a common drink in China because it is believed to provide the power of life. The roots can be boiled and the extracts are used as pain relief. The petals of the flowers can also be eaten to provide relief from pains and fever.
- For cooking purposes
The Chrysanthemums are also used as ingredient to traditional Chinese meals. The petals are dried and brewed into refreshing and relaxing teas. The leaves are used as garnish to sautéed dishes, salads, soups, and other recipes.
- For landscape and front porch decoration
The color yellow and orange Chrysanthemums are used in the USA as bedding plants for unique landscape designs. During summer and fall seasons, this flower is also used to decorate the front porch and gardens at home.
Roses, Meaning and Symbolism
There is no other flower that is chosen and preferred for throughout the world than the flower of Roses. Throughout history and throughout times, Roses are used to represent or symbolize love and affection.
The Rose flower is a year round favorite not only because of its beauty and charm but also because of its symbolism and meaning. Traditionally, Roses are considered as the flower of love, however, a bouquet of Roses may vary on meanings based on colors of Roses, number of Roses, and combination of Roses.
Meaning of Roses Based on Color
- Red Rose
No doubt a red Rose expresses deep love and passion. A beautiful Roses bouquet on Valentine’s Day or on special days or occasions conveys romance and emotions. Be it love, desire, or longing, sending someone a bouquet of red Roses is enough to convey romantic messages.
- Pink Rose
Pink Roses are traditionally used to convey soft and gentle emotions or feelings. A bouquet of pink roses in darker shade may express gratitude or joy or admiration while a bouquet of light pink roses may express innocence and sweetness. To other people, pink Roses also denote grace and elegance, which explains why they are best given to Mothers on Mother’s Day.
- White Rose
White Roses are generally associated with purity, innocence, and clean intentions. It can also be used to express spirituality and sympathy to a grieving soul. Although white Rose can look great in a bouquet, combining it with other colors of Roses or other types of Flowers will also give you a perfect lovely bouquet for gifting purposes or for decorations.
- Yellow Rose
The lively and vibrant color of yellow Roses conveys warm emotions and joyful feeling. A yellow Rose also signifies friendship and relationship. Sending a bouquet of this flower is for platonic purposes and not meant for romance, which is why it can be given to friends, family, and co-workers.
- Orange Rose
The color of orange rose is a simple reminder of a fiery blaze which means to express energy and passion. A bouquet of orange Roses may convey a message of intense desire and fascination or fervor or pride.
- Lavender Rose
A lavender Rose is perfect to express enchantment or charm. Sending a bouquet of this flower may mean love at first sight. There are lavender roses in darker shades and they mean splendor or royal majesty.
- Blue Rose
Naturally, there can never be a perfect blue Rose. However, a blue Rose in its imperfect shade or hue may mean to say “I want you but I can never have you.” This flower is also used to embody an unattainable desire.
- Green Rose
A green Rose is used to represent peace, harmony, or tranquility. In other cases, it is also used to express opulence or fertility. Green Roses can never be achieved in its perfect color but the shades of green on white Roses can be used to extend best wishes to newly-wed couples or wishes of a prosperous life to a new parent. It can also be used to wish good health and fast recovery to a sick person.
- Black Rose
A black Rose conveys hopelessness towards a relationship. Sending it to someone may mean the relationship is over.
- Mixed Roses
Roses may look perfect enough on its single color but sending a bouquet of Roses in mixed color may mean to express or indicate something romantic but not yet defined. This is also a perfect choice to show cheerfulness or to show appreciation to someone special like mother or grandmother.
Meaning of Roses based on Number
- Single stem
A single stem of red Rose says “I love you.” It is also a great choice to express “you are the only one for me.” On the other hand, a single stem of white Rose conveys pure intentions or purity of feelings. A single stem of pink Rose says “I like you,” while a yellow Rose conveys “Let’s be friends” or “You bring joy to me.” A lavender Rose says “I am enchanted by your charm and beauty.”
- Two Roses
A gift of two pieces of Roses in red or pink or white color is used to express your desire and your longing for a time to be together.
- Three Roses
In a very romantic way, three pieces of red Roses can be used to say “I Love You.” Three whites may mean to say “I am yours” while three pinks convey “I like you.”
- A Dozen
A bouquet of dozen red Roses is an expressive way of telling someone “Be mine forever.”
- Fifty Roses
“I am completely your” is what a bouquet of fifty red Roses conveys.
- 100 Roses
A big bouquet of red Roses is a perfect way to say “My love for you is forever.”
Peonies, Meaning and Symbolism
From the genus Paeonia, the family of flowering plant, the Peonies are native in Asia, Western and North America, and Europe. The flower is mostly herbaceous perennial and can be grown at home. They have the natural sweet scent and available in a variety of colors. They usually bloom in late spring to early summer.
History of Peony
There are two myths about the flower of Peonies. Peony was believed in mythology to get its name from the Greek word Paeon. Paeon was a physician of the gods in myths who provoked his teacher Asclepius, the god of medicine. Asclepius wanted Paeon dead but Zeus saved him and turned him into a flower. The Flower was then called Peony after Paeon.
Another myth about Peony was about Paeonia, a beautiful nymph who attracted Apollo. Aphrodite was angered upon hearing it and turned Paeonia into a flower.
Meaning of Peony
Peony flower symbolizes different qualities and meanings. To Chinese people, this flower is a symbol of beauty at superlative form. The official emblem of china is the image of this flower. To the people of the East, it symbolizes honor and royalty. The State of Indiana, USA also found this flower of great importance, which explains why it is the state flower.
On the other hand, Peony is also symbolic of negative reputation because of the myths. In fact, the Victorians believed they were cursed and unlucky whenever they found or dig up a peony.
Meaning of Peony based on Color
Peonies are available in a wide range of colors. Among the common colors are the following:
- Pink Peony
The pink peony is considered as the most romantic Peony, which makes them a great choice for weddings and romantic bouquets.
- White Peony
White Peony symbolizes intention of expressing regret or apology for doing something inappropriate.
- Red Peony
Revered highly in China and Japan, the red Peony symbolizes honor and respect. It is also used to greet someone or wish someone good health, fortune, abundance, and prosperity.
Types of Peony Flowers
The type “single” is a peony with a single layer of petals. They have broad petals.
The type “Japanese” is also a single layer or double row with broad petals and broadened staminodes. They have visible carpels and the pollens are carried along the edges.
The type “Anemone” is a single layer or double row with broad petals and narrow incurved petal-like staminodes. They have visible carpels but they do not have fertile stamens.
The type “semi-doubled” is a single layer/double row with broad petals with intermingled petals on the stamens.
The type “bomb” is a single layer with broad petals but with shorter dense pompom.
The type “double” has many broad petals; some are likely altered stamens and carpels.
Some Facts about Peonies
- Peonies are fragrant.
- Peonies were grown for medicinal purposes.
- Peonies have edible petals.
- Peonies can be used as tea, garnish for salads, and drinks.
- Peonies attract ants.
- Peonies can last up to more than 100 years old.
Tulip, Meanings and Symbolism
Tulips have been considered as the third most popular and chosen type of flower all throughout the world. The leading variety of Tulips in the entire floral community is the Dutch Tulip. Dating back to the Persian times, Tulips originated from the word turban because Persian loved to wear this flower on their turbans. However, the term was translated into different language of French, Latin, and Turkish until it was arrived at the term Tulip.
As a classic flower of love, Tulip was used by the Victorians as a symbol for charity. However, the Turkish, who originally bred Tulips, used this flower in their religious practices and in their art works. They also used it as medium in writing secular poems.
On the other hand, to the Ottoman Empire, they planted a Tulip garden because the flowers reminded them of eternal life after death. To the Dutch who popularized the Tulip flowers, it was a reminder to them that life can be so brief and short that it should be lived perfectly and vibrantly like the Tulips.
Tulip flower belongs in the Tulipa genus family but there are also other variations of tulips and they are referred to as neo-tulipa. Neo-Tulipa is the wild version of Tulips and they are distinct because of their different qualities and characteristics. There are double flowers of Tulips in a single stem and they depict another distinct Tulips meaning.
The flower of Tulips has become useful for a variety of meanings:
Referring to love, a bouquet of Tulips conveys perfect love between partners, couples, wife and husband, and family.
- Passionate love
Whether the love is passionately spurned or returned, this flower expresses undying passionate love. It is a classic symbolism for love.
The regal nature of Tulips never ceases to show royalty. Its firm structure and long stalks show real regal qualities that are not present in other flowers.
- Abundance and Prosperity
The flower of Tulips expresses abundance and prosperity. It is always a perfect choice for flower gifting to wish a family prosperity, especially to couples who just got married or to family who moved in to their new house.
Meaning of Tulips based on Color
- Red Tulip
Red Tulips speak of deep passion and love. It is a perfect gift to give to express love.
- Pink Tulip
Pink Tulips show affection in less-intense manner. It can be given to family members, especially to mothers.
- Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulips express love but not expecting anything in return.
- Purple Tulip
Purple Tulips show royalty. It can also be given to someone you wishes prosperity and abundance.
Some Facts about Tulips:
- Tulips belong in the family of Lily.
- Tulips were cultivated as early as the 13th Century by the Turkish traders but they were only popularized in the 1600s by the Dutch.
- Tulips were traded as currency in the 17th Century.
- Tulips represent 11th wedding anniversary.
- Tulips were used as emergency food during World War II. The Dutch believed that the bulb of Tulips provide calories. The petals of this flower are also edible.
Daisy Flower, Meanings and Symbolism
Daisies are one of the flowers that people learned to easily draw. Because of this, a Daisy flower is linked to innocence. Its name was taken from the sun. This type of flower can be found in North America, Africa, Europe, and in all parts of the world.
Meaning of Daisy
Daisies are generally symbolic of true love. Because the flower of daisy is two flowers blended together, thus express harmony as bound by true love. The Daisy meaning is also linked to innocence, especially the white one with yellow or pale center. It is also a symbol of purity and warm wishes for new beginnings. Some people use Daisy to express and show that they can keep a secret.
Some Facts about Daisy
- The flower of Daisy is made up of two flowers in one head with the center petals stand as one flower surrounded with the rays of the other flower.
- Daisy can resist pests and plant diseases.
- Daisy can grow all throughout the year.
- Daisy is considered as weed in North America.
- Daisy leaves are edible.
- Daisy can be brewed as tea for the relief of some ailments like sore throat and wounds.
- Daisy has allergens.
Carnation Flower, Meanings and Symbolism
The flower of Carnation is known as Chinese Pink. It is one of the most favorite and chosen flowers not only because of its pretty and fluffy appearance but because of its mystic legend. There is a great history behind the beauty of the Carnation flower and it is worth knowing, especially to those who love this flower.
History of Carnations
It is nice to know the Carnation meaning but it can be more useful to know the history behind this flower. With scientific name of Dianthus Caryophyllus, the flower of Carnations is a flower with history dating back to the time when the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.
It had been believed that when Mary cried under the cross of Jesus. Her teardrops that fell on the ground bloomed and became a beautiful flower. It was called Carnations. This story explains why many mothers preferred the flower of Carnations.
In fact, it was used to commemorate mothers who passed away on the first celebration of Mother’s Day in 1907. It was recorded that Ana Jarvis brought a bouquet of Carnations, her mom’s favorite flower, on the grave when it was officially declared that the second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day. Since then, this special day is celebrated with Carnations as the traditional flower.
Meaning of Carnations
Carnation is one of the most popular flowers all throughout the world. It is the type of flower that is widely appreciated for its beauty and variety of colors. Generally symbolic of fascination, admiration, and love, this flower expresses different meanings based on color.
- Pink Carnation
Referring to a mother’s devotion, love, and care, pink Carnations are used to appreciate the undying love of a mother. They are the traditional flower on Mother’s Day.
- Red Carnation
Light red color expresses admiration and fascination while the darker shade conveys deep and true love. A bouquet of red Carnations in a mixture of shades or hues show a blooming love that grows deeper.
- White Carnation
White Carnations express pure love or love with pure intentions. A bouquet of white Carnations is usually given during first date to convey pure intentions in courtship.
- Purple Carnation
Purple Carnations show royalty and capriciousness as well.
- Yellow Carnation
Yellow Carnation is used to express disappointment. Sending a bouquet of this flower conveys negative emotions.
Some Facts about Carnations
- The Romans and Greeks were among the first people to use the flower of Carnations.
- Carnations are native in Eurasia.
- Carnations are exotic in Australia.
- Classic Carnation blooms have 5 petals but those that were cultivated or bred can have up to 40 petals in one head.
- Carnations are durable and long lasting.
Gerberas, Meaning and Symbolism
Considered as the fifth most popular flower all throughout the world, the flower of Gerbera is very distinct in its big head and vibrant color. Available in a wide variety of colors, this flower also boast of an array of Gerbera meanings and interesting history.
History of Gerbera Flower
The Gerbera Daisy is grown in Netherlands and Columbia. They are the major distributors of this Gerbera flower to the whole world. However, this flower was discovered not in Netherlands or Columbia but in South Africa.
It was in 1884 when Scotsman Robert Jameson discovered it in Barberton, South Africa. It scientific name was after him, Gerbera Jamesonii. On the other hand, its common name of Gerbera was after the German naturalist and botanist, Traugott Gerber, who created its breeding program in 1890 in England.
Botanically speaking, Gerberas are a useful flower. They contain chemical properties that have the ability to remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. They can help freshen up the air at night, thus cause people to relax and sleep soundly.
Meaning of Gerbera Daisy
Although there are several meanings associated to Gerberas, all of them are linked to happiness and positive feelings. To the Egyptians, the Gerbera meaning is more about nature and sun. They believed that this daisy flower reflects the sun and the devotion to it. To the Celts, they believed that the flower of Gerberas lessen their everyday sorrows and stress.
In the modern age, the Gerbera Daisies symbolize beauty and happiness. Sending a bouquet of Gerberas in a single color or in mixture of colors may mean joyous surprise or playful energy. They are perfect for birthday flowers or for any joyful events and occasions. The flowers of Gerberas are meant for the happy celebration of life.
Meaning of Gerbera Daisy based on Color
- Red Gerbera
Red is the color of love, passion, and emotions. A bouquet of red Gerberas expresses desire and love. It can be sent to show full immersion of love to someone special.
- Pink Gerbera
Pink Gerberas convey gentleness, gracefulness, and gratitude. A bouquet of pink Gerberas can be sent to express admiration, too. Soft pink Gerberas are also perfect for wishing someone to get well or to recover fast from sickness.
- Yellow Gerbera
Yellow Gerberas express happiness and warm welcome of friendship and acquaintances. A bouquet of yellow Gerberas can infuse happiness to any type of friendship.
- Purple Gerbera
Purple Gerberas symbolize pride and elegance. It can be a perfect gift to a woman with distinct beauty and royalty. A special lady can be showered with praises and admirations for her beauty and elegance with this flower.
- Orange Gerbera
Orange Gerberas convey energy, enthusiasm, and life. A bouquet of orange Gerberas shows vibrant happiness towards the relationship whether it is romantic or non-romantic.
- White Gerbera
White Gerberas convey purity and innocence. It can be sent to someone to express appreciation of her purity of heart or to express purity of intentions.
Some Facts about Gerbera Daisy
- Gerberas are herbaceous perennial from South Africa.
- Gerberas are named after two distinct individuals, Scotsman Robert Jameson and Traugott Gerber.
- Gerbera is the birth flower of April.
- Gerberas face up towards the sun.
Baby’s Breath, Meaning and Symbolism
It was in the early 1990s when Baby’s Breath was first used as filler and decoration on any bouquet, flower arrangements, and flower designs. It is commonly known as Baby’s Breath but it is also known as Gypsophila family. The small white flowers may come as a simple flower peeking through a corsage, but it actually has a deeper meaning behind the white dots.
The small flowers of Baby’s Breath may seem but a common type useful only to fill a bouquet. But botanically speaking, the flowers of Baby’s Breath contain specific compunds that has the ability to boost antibodies that fight off leukemia or blood infections. It may taste bad, but the root can be eaten for herbal and medicinal purposes.
Meaning of Baby’s Breath
Generally, the flower of baby’s breath symbolizes long lasting love. This is the reason why most of the wedding bouquets have baby’s breath as fillers and as decoration. Whether for decoration purposes or for corsages and boutonnieres or for bouquets, this flower is always present on weddings. For other special occasion, romantic and non-romantic, adding a sprig or two of this flower conveys purity of emotions and everlasting happiness.
On the other hand, Baby’s Breath is also a choice of flower that is associated to babies. They are great to give on baby showers or as gift to new moms. In modern terms, this flower is used to express fidelity, self-discipline, and dedication.
Meaning of Baby’s Breath based on Color
- White Baby’s Breath
White is the most common color of this flower. It expresses the power of innocence. It also completes a beautiful bouquet just like how a baby completes the family.
- Pink Baby’s Breath
Pink Baby’s Breath symbolizes a celebration for having a new baby girl. It can also be used to convey admiration and affection to someone special.
- Yellow Baby’s Breath
Yellow Baby’s Breath conveys joy and happiness.
Lilies, Meaning and Symbolism
Believed to play a fantastic role in ancient mythology, the flowers of Lilies were discovered in images in Crete in 1580. The term Lily originated from A Greek word “leiron” which refers to white Madonna.
The Greeks believed that Lilies sprouted or came out from the milk of Hera, which was the queen of the gods. Both the Romans and the Greeks revered the Lilies with high regard because of religious belief and mythology.
In China, this flower is also of high reverence because Chinese believed that this flower is for happy union and happy beginnings. In Europe, it is used as sign of royalty, which is known as the fleur de lis. They have the mark of this flower placed on silverware and wallpapers to express royalty and regal bearing.
Symbolizing humility, sweetness, contentment, and happiness, Lilies belong to the Lilium genus family and there are hundreds of different Lilies under this family.
- Wild Lily
Wild Lilies are among the pure ones. They are naturally scented. They are the species from which hybrids originated. Since they are pure, they are hard to grow.
- Peruvian Lily
The Peruvian Lily or the Lily of the Incas resembles a miniature Lily. Alstroemeria was named after a Swedish Baron, Baron Claus von Alstromer. He collected the seeds and grown them. This flower is a symbol of fortune, wealth, and prosperity.
- Asiatic Hybrids
Asiatic Lilies are the bold blooms. They are available in vibrant colors from orange to burgundy hues. They are highly hybridized, thus they are easier to grow in the garden.
- Oriental Lily
Ornamental in blooms, the Oriental Lilies are popular and among the favorite flowers. One common oriental lily is the Stargazer Lily. They are known for the star-shaped flower with distinct sweet scent. The stripes and prints on its petals make them a majestic masterpiece. Stargazer symbolizes innocence and purity, as well as honor and aspiration.
- Martagon Lily
Martagon Lilies are unique hybrids of Lilies. They have spots and freckles naturally scattered on the petals. The stalks are tall but the blooms are quite small and facing downward.
- Candidum Lily
Candidum Lilies are native to Europe, specifically in Greece, Crete, and Mesopotamia. They are pure and naturally scented. Madonna Lily is one of the Candidum Lily. They are used also for medicinal purposes.
- American Lily
Since they are native in North America, they are called as American Lily. They bloom from May to June or during hot season. The most popular breed of American Lily is the Bellingham hybrids. There are also Tiger Lily, Philadelphia Lily, Canada lily, and Turk’s Cap Lily.
- Longflorum Lily
Longflorum Lilies are the Easter Lilies. They have white bowl shape and golden ray on the petals and crimson spots on the center. They are naturally scented and mostly found in Japan.
- Aurelian and Trumpet Lily
Black Dragon, Black Magic, Pink Perfection, and Royal Gold are among the famous Aurelian Lilies. They are mostly in trumpet shapes with willowy stems. They are known as arum lilies originated in Africa. They symbolize magnificent beauty.
- Orange Lily
Orange Lilies are edible flowers. They are sweet to taste and they are used to substitute potatoes.