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The Language of Flowers and what they symbolize.

The Language of Flowers and what they symbolize.

The Language of Flowers

Have you ever gifted flowers to show your love? Maybe you have been given flowers? Wondering what the language of Flowers is?

Flowers are not only utilized for aesthetic purposes. They also have symbolic meaning and are used to convey different emotions and feelings.

Flowers are essential to hopeful events such as birthdays, weddings, religious ceremonies, and funerals.

Flowers as Birthday Gift or other special occasions
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Playwrights, artists, poets, and writers have picked to convey their ideas and show images with the help of the language of flowers. 

What is the History of The Language of Flowers?

The language of flowers originated in the 19th century. It is a code used to create bouquets that passed messages between suitors and lovers.

The code gives every flower its meaning, and unique statements could be made by combining them. 

That concept was made famous by books explaining such meanings, sometimes decorated with lovely bindings and illustrations. 

Where Does It Come From?

Tulips and the Turkish background
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It was discovered that the new Victorian interest in the language of flowers has its roots in Ottoman, Turkey, particularly the court in Constantinople, and a fascination it held along with tulips throughout the first half of the 18th century. 

Further, the Victorian use of flowers as a way of covert communication thrived together with an increasing interest in botany.

It originated in France, and the first famous book on the topic was published in 1819 titled “Le Langage des Fleurs” by Charlotte de la Tour.

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Flower language obtained massive fame in the Victorian era and delivered coded messages unseen from prying eyes.

Until this day, sending and receiving floral arrangements is a crucial part of people’s social lives. 

Flowers with Positive Meaning 

Here are some of the flowers with positive meanings: 

1) Flowers of Joy:

The language of flowers - Sunflowers
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  • Sunflower
  • Daffodil 
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Pink Hyacinth
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Pink Rose
  • Sweet Pea
  • Yellow Tulip

2) Flowers of Remembrance or Empathy:

A field of Poppies
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  • Statice
  • White Stargazer Lily
  • Poppy 
  • White Tulip
  • Purple Hyacinth 

3) Flowers of Gratitude:

The Language of Flowers - Hydrangeas
  • Peach Rose
  • Hydrangea
  • Pink Roses

4) Flowers of Admiration:

The language of flowers - Lavender Roses
  • Camelia
  • Amaryllis
  • Orchid
  • Sweet William
  • Lavender Rose

5) Flowers of Friendship:

Stock flowers
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  • Freesia
  • Yellow Rose
  • Peruvian Lilies
  • Stocks

6) Flowers of Love:

The language of flowers - Red Roses
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  • Red Rose
  • Red Tulip
  • Dahlia
  • Red Camelia
  • Lady’s Mantle
  • Carnation

7) Other Flowers and their Meanings:

  • Anemone 

There’s a sad meaning connected with these flowers. They show faint hope or forsaken. 

  • Pink Stargazer Lily 
    These lovely pink flowers show aspiration, honor, wealth, and prosperity.
  • Iris 

These flowers signify wisdom, hope, and faith—named after the Greek goddess Iris. 

  • Peony 
A vase with Peonies
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Peonies are often utilized in bridal bouquets as they symbolize prosperity, together with a happy marriage and life.

But you can also use them to show resentment or shame and a sign of bashfulness. 

  • White Calla Lily 

These lovely lilies indicate purity, magnificence, innocence, and beauty. That’s why they are often used as a wedding flower. 

Using the language of flowers to communicate is a practice of old that we still utilize today.

Some meanings have transformed, but we can still use and honor this practice.

The capability to show love, which is beyond words in the use of fragrant and beautiful flowers, adds a layer of expression and depth. 

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