For the Victorians and Turks back in the 18th century, flowers are used as channels in sending messages called Persian Selam. Flowers were attached with coded meanings to express love and admiration. These begun the secret language of flowers.
Here are some flowers and their meanings across different cultures.
Anemone represents dying love. This meaning originated from a Greek mythology where anemone is said to grow from Aphrodite’s tears when Adonis, her beloved, died. It is also believed as attracting luck and protection against evil in folklores. Certain cultures also say that anemone can tell if a rain is coming.
Bluebell stands for constancy and everlasting love. Bluebells is not recommended to be brought at home as they are said to bring bad luck. However, bluebells is regarded by herbalists as preventing nightmares.
Buttercup represents childishness. Before it was believed that the butter’s yellow color sprung from the cows that eat this flower. The myth is said to serve as an explanation why cows avoid eating this bitter tasting flower.
Carnation is a symbol of marriage, love and fertility. Carnations are said to be an aphrodisiac so they are favorites during weddings. Various colors of carnation have individual meanings. White stands for love while yellow means rejection. Pink carnations means I’ll never forget you while red symbolizes being heartbroken.
Daisies are one of the friendliest flowers as they represent innocence and modesty. You might want to know that it was also in the Victorian period when girls started to repeat “he love me, he loves me not” while plucking petals from a daisy.
Forget-me-nots as the name imply means true love and remembrance. The myth is that there was this valiant knight who gave these flowers to his lover before leaving for a battle.
Hyacinth derived its name from Hyacinthus who is said to be a handsome youth in Greek mythology. Hyacinthus is said to be killed out of jealousy and from his blood grew these flowers called hyacinths.
Lily embodies innocence and purity. For Christians, it symbolizes Virgin Mary’s purity. For the Greeks particularly in marriages, lilies symbolize innocence and fertility.
Hydrangea means vanity.
Foxglove is one of the flowers with negative connotation as it stands for insincerity. It derived this connotation from folklore where this flower is said to be offered by bad fairies to a fox so his steps won’t be heard while hunting.