Flowers Can Say It All

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Meaning of the Colors of Flowers

Are you  searching for the right way to speak to a loved one without using words,  flowers can say it all. Nearly every color of flower imaginable has some kind of  meaning behind it, and is suitable for certain occasions.

Blue

Blue is typically a calming color, often representing the tranquility that’s  found under a clear blue summer sky. Blue flowers were popular in Europe during  the Romanticism movement, where poets and artists used them to represent a  serene, otherworldly beauty.  As the Industrial Revolution gained momentum, blue  flowers were seen as a soft, gentle alternative to the cold steel of cities; the  blue flower represented a calm, beautiful nature during a time when  industrialists turned their back on that serenity. Even now, blue flowers can  also represent the creativity and inspiration of artists.  Common blue flowers  include the morning glory, fuchsia and hydrangea.

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Red

When most people think of the symbolism of flowers and their colors, often  the first one that comes to mind is red–especially red roses. Red roses–and  other red flowers, such as tulips, poppy and lotus–stand for passion, strength  and romantic love.  Red is the color of blood, and as such it’s often  representative of the life’s blood that makes everything worthwhile: love.

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Yellow

If you know someone in need of some cheering up, a bouquet of yellow flowers  is almost sure to do the trick. That’s no coincidence–yellow flowers symbolize  happiness and friendship, meant to evoke the lighthearted feelings of happiness  associated with the bright summer sunlight. In fact, one of the most popular  yellow flowers symbolizes just that: the sunflower.  Yellow is also associated  with prosperity and sustenance. Just as the sun provides life to everything on  earth, gold is the foundation of the world’s wealth. In a less monetary  perspective, the ancient Mayans saw corn as the foundation of their diet,  associating the yellow color of the vegetable with life and well-being.  Common  yellow flowers include roses, sunflowers, lilies, daffodils and daises.

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White

Attend a wedding and you’ll most likely see bouquets of white flowers. That’s  because white flowers traditionally represent purity, innocence and  reverence–all characteristics associated with the ideals of a wedding. A white  bouquet is one of the most elegant looking of all colors of bouquets, and are  used for occasions of solemnity and dignity.  White is a cleansing color; just  as a fresh blanket  of snow removes all flaws and blemishes from any landscape, white is typically  seen as a bright, healing color.  White flowers commonly seen in bouquets  include roses, lilies, lily of the valley and gardenias.

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Purple

Purple flowers are frequently seen in bouquets that are destined for  celebrations, whether it’s the celebration of the achievement of a graduation or  promotion, or the celebration of a life at a funeral service. Purple has long  been associated with royalty; as the color of Roman rulers and as the color worn  by high-ranking members of the Christian faith. As such, it has come to  represent honor, dignity, achievement, spirituality and reverence. Purple  flowers include violets, orchids, lavender, clematis and pansies.

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Green

Green flowers such as ivy, carnations and eucalyptus represent the power and  elegance of nature. They are also the symbol of rebirth, as green is the color  of the springtime. As the color of Mother  Nature, green represents hope, renewal and youth.  Green also means that the  earth is coming back from a long winter, and means that plants and trees are  alive and healthy. In pagan Britain, druids recognized the bright, vibrant hues  of the springtime green to mean that all was well with the world and that the  bounty of summer was returning. Verdant ivy was especially  revered.

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