Flowers have played an integral part throughout history. They have been depicted in various religions and sources of mythology and folklore in many cultures. Some served as food while others possessed healing properties and were used as medicine. Flowers held symbolic meanings and beliefs within various cultures, and they were also considered to be decorative. In fact, some ancient civilizations believed that they could appease the spirits by decorating tombs with certain flowers.
The symbolism behind certain flowers often pointed towards one’s intentions. People could pass on messages to each other without having to say a word. Depending on the specific plant, they could express messages of love or dislike. This is still practiced today; in fact, flowers are often sent to others as an expression of love, grief, honor, and health. Do you know what you are saying when you give flowers or plants to others or what they are saying to you?
The rose has long since been a symbol of love and desire. During the Renaissance, this flower was often associated with the beauty of Venus and scratches by rose thorns were associated with the wounds of love. In Christian symbolism, the red rose represents the blood of a martyr as well as love. The white rose is a symbol of purity, charm, and innocence. Pink roses often signify happiness.
Flowers have been around for centuries and perpetuate significant meaning to others. Next time you send or receive flowers, especially those from other cultures, consider what message is being conveyed. A particular flower may mean one thing to you and something quite different to someone else.