Here are some, just to name a few….
The rose, one of the most popular flowers, is a symbol of love and passion and in fact been for many years. Many flowers meaning professional believer it goes back many years, to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Back in the days, those cultures associated roses with the goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. There is a Latin expression “sub rosa” (which is translated to “under the rose”) that means something that should be told in secret. There is also an ancient gesture that was practiced in Rome, to place a wild rose was on the door of a room to symbolize that confidentiality is required.
Roses, upon its great popularity, come in many colours some of them are natural and some artificially made. Each colour has its own meaning. Among the most popular roses colours and their meaning are:
Red rose: Love, enduring passion.
White rose: Humility and innocence.
Yellow rose: Friendship and joy.
Pink rose: Gratitude, appreciation and admiration.
Orange rose: Enthusiasm and desire.
A mixture of white lilac and purple roses represents enchantment and love at first sight.
Other than the meaning of each rose colour, there is also significance in the number of stems in a rose bouquet.
The name of the flower Lily came from the Greek word “leiron”. It is believed that the lily was very admired by the Greeks. They thought very highly of it and the myth is saying it was made from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods.
Same as in roses, the different colors and types of lilies also have different meaning.
White lily: Symbolize chastity and virtue.
Peruvian lily (alstromeria): Represent friendship and devotion.
White stargazer lily: Usually used to express sympathy.
Pink stargazer lily: Represents wealth and prosperity.
The name of the flower, Aster, came from the Greek word for “star” and it is very easy to understand why. They exist in many colours and most of them have a white center. The aster flowers are known as a Symbol of love, daintiness, talisman of love, trusting.
As in many flowers, the iris’s mythology is going way back to Ancient Greece. The meaning of the word Iris in Greek is: rainbow. In the Greek mythology the goddess Iris, who personified the rainbow acted as the connecting link between heaven and earth. A custom that derived from this mythology was to planted purple irises over the graves of women. According to that belief, it will summon the goddess Iris and guide the women in their journey to heaven. The iris has several petals but three of those petals are upright. Those petals are known to symbolize wisdom, faith and valour.
Unlike many flowers that have names that came from Greek, the word Daisy literally mean a day’s eye. Anyone that ever saw a daisy can understand the reason for this name. The flower also acts this way as it opens at dawn as the day starts and closes at nightfall. A Daisy flower is used to symbolize innocence, purity and new beginnings.
The orchid flowers’ popularity increased over the last few years. In the Greek mythology, they were associated with virility. It was custom for the ancient Greek women to believe that in order to give birth to a boy their partner needs to eat large orchid’s tubers. If they desired to have a baby girl, the mother needs to eat small orchid tubers.
In the Victorian era, the symbolism of the orchid flowers was changed to luxury, and nowadays orchids are used to express rare and delicate beauty.
In the Greek and Roman mythologies, the poppy flowers were used as offerings to the dead. Some of this tradition has kept over the years as the poppies are still used to symbol sleep, peace, and death. The poppy flowers got the symbolism for sleep from the opium that can be extracted from them. On the other hand, the symbolism for death came from the common blood-red colour of the red poppy.
The children’s novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” also has references to the poppy flowers. In that story, there was a magical poppy field threatened to make the heroes go into a deep, neve- ending sleep.
One explanation to the Peony name origin again comes from the Greek mythology. According to this myth, it was named after Paeon who received the flower while standing on the mount Olympus from the hands of Apollo’s mother. This flower has a full rounded bloom and is use to symbolize shame but is also considered as sign of good fortune.
The origin of the name of the flower, Dahlia, is unknown. However, the common belief is that it came from the Swedish language as the word “Dahl” is a homophone of the Swedish word “dal”, or “valley” and although the translation is not accurate, the plant is sometimes been referred to as the “valley flower”. The dahlia flowers symbolize Elegance and dignity.
Another flower type that is rich with symbolism is the carnation. Unlike many other flowers, the origin for the name carnation is not completely known. Some believe that name carnation comes from the Greek word “corone” because of it was use in Greek ceremonial crowns. According to other researchers it is derived from the Latin “carnis” (flesh) and is referring to the flower’s original pinkish-hued colour or “incarnacyon” referring to the incarnation of God-made flesh.
In today’s culture, carnations are used express love, fascination and distinction. As common for flower that has many colours, each carnation colour is associated with a unique meaning.
White carnations symbolize pure love and good luck.
Light red carnation flowers symbolize admiration.
The dark red flowers represent deep love and affection.
Purple carnations flowers stand for capriciousness.
The pink version of the carnations signifies the eternal love like a mother’s love.
The name of the gladiolus came from the shape of their leaves, gladioli which means in Latin the word “gladius” (sword). The gladiolus is usually used to symbolize Strength of character, honour, conviction and moral integrity.
The Tulip name is believed to come from the Turkish word for gauze as its shape is similar to a Turkish turban. Tulips exists in many colours, each carries a different meaning.
Yellow tulips symbolize cheerful thought.
Red tulips represent undying love.
Purple tulips symbolize forever love.