5 More Surprising Meanings of Different Flowers

We recently took a look at some of the surprising meanings different cultures associate with flowers. Today, we’ll be continuing this series with a look at some of the most enduring flowers from over the years. With so many different subtle meanings, you can get a lot across with a gift of a bouquet. Do you have someone you’d like to send a sweet surprise to? Call Breen’s Florist in Houston today to get started!

-Sunflowers

Just about everyone has positive feelings about sunflowers. So beloved are they that it is said when Spaniards first arrived in North America, they believed sunflowers were made of pure gold. As one of the first crops grown in America, sunflowers have become a staple of classic art depicting the happiness of life on the prairie. Many people feel sunflowers symbolize longevity, adoration, and loyalty thanks to their hearty nature.

-Daffodils

Romans were the first to introduce daffodils to Britain, as they believed they had medicinal properties. China and Wales both view daffodils as a symbol of good luck, whereas France believes they represent hope. As one of the most enduring symbols of the coming of spring, daffodils are also seen as an icon of new life and forgiveness as we shed the winter overgrowth and begin anew.

-Azaleas

Thanks to its lush blooms, many people adore azaleas. With origins stretching back to ancient China, azaleas have become a symbol for womanhood in many different countries. They are often associated with feelings of softness and caring for someone. This makes them an ideal choice for anniversary gifts and wedding arrangements. Azaleas are also often given as a gift of gratitude.

-Lotus

Another one of the most enduring flowers throughout the world, lotus flowers are used in art and literature for a variety of reasons. Buddhists believe that the lotus is the representation of the purity of the body, speech, and mind. This has led to its depiction in many works of art featuring Buddha. Throughout many other Asian countries, the lotus represents elegance, beauty, grace, and perfection. If you want to give someone the gift of enlightenment, do it with lotus flowers.

-Lilacs

With a fragrance that made them seem magical to Celtics, the lilac is a beautiful flower that has had many different meanings over the years. When a lilac was given to someone in the Victorian Age, it was meant as a reminder of old love. This led to the practice of widows wearing lilacs during their mourning period. Russians believed that holding a sprig of lilac over a newborn would bring them wisdom as they grew up. Thanks to its peak bloom time, many people heavily associate lilacs with the Easter holiday. The color of lilac will also change their meaning, as white lilacs are a sign of purity, violet lilacs represent spirituality, and light purple represents a first love. Though there are many other meanings that can change depending on the color of the lilac, they are most often connected with feelings of love and romance throughout their history.

When you want to tell someone you love them, few things get the message across better than flowers. Whether you’re shopping for a surprise, an anniversary, a wedding, or a birthday, say it with a bouquet of flowers. Not sure which flowers to pick out for your gift? That’s not a problem. Call Breen’s Florist in Houston today and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect collection.

5 Surprising Meanings of Different Flowers

Over centuries of civilization, many different cultures have attributed symbolism with flowers. Depending on the country, one flower could have a meaning that is contrary to what it means somewhere else. If you’re thinking about giving someone flowers, it’s a good idea to brush up on the symbolism attached to specific flowers so you can get the perfect message across to the recipient. Today, we’re going to begin our look at the different surprising meanings associated with flowers. Want to surprise a loved one with a bouquet of their favorite flowers? Call Breen’s Florist in Houston today to learn how to give someone you care about the perfect gift.

-Roses

Potentially the most versatile of all flowers, the range of meanings attached to roses is wide, connected with their color variance. Depending on the color of the rose, it will have a different hidden meaning, which may have changed over the years. One of the most enduring messages is that of a red rose, representing love and romance. White roses are often used in weddings as a symbol of innocence and purity, as well as fresh beginnings. Looking for a way to say thank you? Peach roses are a great way to express your gratitude, while pink roses are often associated with admiration and joy. You can combine different roses into a bouquet to create a more complete message, mixing and matching different colors with different meanings. In a previous blog, we went in-depth with roses.

-Lilies

The meanings attributed to lilies span thousands of years and countries a world apart. Stretching back to ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, and parts of East Asia, lilies were a sign of death and sorrow, so they were used in funerals to send the departed off into the afterlife. This was different from Christianity, which used lilies as an emblem representing the Virgin Mary. While they are still thought of mostly as a sympathy flower, some have taken them to be a good symbol for life and hope for the future. How you view lilies may differ from others, but it’s sure to be said they are beautiful in their subtlety.

-Chrysanthemums

With their origins stretching back to China, chrysanthemums gained quite the reputation. Through their use in everything from medication to treat headaches to an ingredient in salads or drinks, they carried a connotation of the power of life. The same can’t be said for when they’re in Italy, where they’re a gift you give to an enemy as a great insult. Depending on the country, chrysanthemums could represent grief, death, friendship, love, or happiness. Be sure you know how your recipient will interpret this gift before sending over a bouquet.

-Carnations

A flower that has much clearer meanings across the globe, most people view them as a symbol of love. That belief is so strong that even its scientific name — Dianthus caryophyllus — is roughly translated to “flower of love.” Just like roses, carnations can mean more specific things depending on their color, with white acting as a symbol of good luck, while pink represents a mother’s love instead of romance.

-Tulips

Another flower that is used to show love, tulips were first harvested all the way back in the 10th century in Persia. From there, they would become a symbol of royalty, and many poets would use them as a topic of their work. In those poems, they would represent a declaration of love and feelings of passion. White tulips can symbolize forgiveness, while yellow tulips are an icon of cheerful feelings.

With so many unique flowers with varied meanings around the world, you can get a lot across in a collection of them. In fact, you could tell an entire story using a bouquet like a poet. We’re going to be continuing this look at hidden meanings of flowers in the near future, so keep an eye on this blog for more. Do you have a special someone you want to tell how you feel? Do it with flowers from Breen’s Florist in Houston! If you have questions about the message you want to get across, give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you pick out the perfect selection to say exactly what you want to say. We hope to hear from you soon!