The flowers and their meanings
Loaded with meanings and symbolism, we have in flowers the maximum representation of the beauty and exuberance of nature. These real eye drops are responsible for the reproduction of vegetables and give a special color to the often gray world in which we live.
There is no culture on the planet that does not admire and use flowers, whether to decorate, honor or bring good energy to environments and homes.
Come with us on this trip to the universe of flowers and see what each different species means. We will also see how understanding each species of flower can help to compose the garden of our homes.
The universe of flowers
With the most varied colors, sizes and aromas, the universe of flowers represent the diversity of nature and there are those who say that, without them, there would simply be no life.
Even if you are not a nature lover, there is no human being who does not surrender to the power of the flowers that are part of the human experience on planet earth.
Check in this article the general symbology of flowers in their most different colors. We will also see more details about the different perfumes they carry and how they transmit good energy to the world.
In virtually all cultures and religions of all peoples that exist or have ever existed in the world, flowers have a deep and strong symbology. They are closely related to the feminine and fertility, since it is the main reproductive organ in the plant world.
The flowers themselves symbolize beauty, peace, joy and victory, being used in the most varied ceremonies. In certain religions, they are also seen as a surrender of body and soul to God in a sense of the spiritual evolution of human beings.
In their essence, they represent passivity and reception, as they collect the dew from the heavens. For Japanese culture, flowers symbolize internal development and also the structure of the universe through the traditional floral arrangement called Ikebana.
■ Different Colors
One of the main attractions of flowers comes from the variety of colors they have. There are flowers of virtually every known color in the world, and this variety is related to the form of pollination that each variety of plant has.
The colors that each flower carries are attractive to pollinating animals, therefore they are essential for the life cycle of plants. The most common colors of flowers are lilac, white and yellow, and the most uncommon are blue, orange and red.
There are rare occurrences of plant species that have black and even green flowers that, in turn, go unnoticed in the vegetation.
■ Different perfumes
Flowers are not only gifts for the eyes and soul, but also bring varied aromas, widely used to perfume environments and to manufacture essences and perfumes.
The different aromas emanating from different types of flowers also have the biological function of attracting pollinating animals, such as bees. These scents are also related to how long these flowers last.
Each flower species has different and specific aromas that have properties ranging from relaxation and peace to energizing and energetic cleansing.
■ good energies
The relationship between flowers and energies is due to the energetic power that plants in general have. This knowledge is millenary and has already been widely used by peoples with the Hindus who were, and still are, great sages in the use of plant power.
Whether in arrangements or in vases, flowers are capable of filtering and transforming dense, negative energies into light and high vibrations. Biologically speaking, flowers naturally give off essential oils that act as balms to our body and their beauty, by itself, acts positively on the individual’s psyche.
The meaning of different species of flowers
The types of flowers found in nature are almost inexhaustible. For the most varied purposes and uses, each species of flower has a different meaning, whether to honor a friend or loved one, decorate your home or even compose a garden.
We will see below the meanings of flowers from the most commonly found, such as daisy, jasmine, violet, orchid, tulip and Lucky bamboo (lucky bamboo), to species not so easily found such as the lotus flower.
The daisy is one of the most popular and well-known flowers, and its name comes from the Latin, margarita, which means pearl. It is found in different colors that set the tone for different meanings.
The white ones symbolize peace, purity, innocence and youth. The blue daisy means fidelity and the yellow daisy represents loyal love. The pink ones bring a sense of gratitude and affection, the red ones the impulses of love, and the multicolored daisies symbolize joy.
Jasmine is well known for its sweet and pleasant aroma. For Arabs, it is synonymous with femininity and delicacy, and its name derives from the Arabic word yasmim.
It is speculated that the origin of jasmine is the Himalayan region, which brings countless legends and stories about the energy that this flower carries. The white color of jasmine brings a sense of peace and harmony and is widely used in wedding ceremonies.
It brings lightness to environments and gardens and its essence, widely used in the world of perfumery, has antibacterial medicinal properties, being widely used for skin treatments, whether to treat wounds or even as an anti-wrinkle.
Due to its ease of handling, violet is widely used in the ornamentation of apartment or house windows. They can be found in colors like lilac, white, violet and bicolor. It brings a tone of delicacy to the environment and means modesty and loyalty.
Its violet color also refers to the mysteries of spirituality. Presenting someone with a violet vase is a display of unpretentious affection and simplicity. As it does not require a lot of water and sun, it is ideal for arrangements in bathrooms or on tables and office furniture.
As rare and exuberant as orchids may seem, they are present on all continents except Antarctica, being predominant in tropical regions. They have different colors and shapes and for different cultures they bring a sense of virility for being a vigorous and resistant plant.
The meanings of orchids depend on their different colors. The one that has a pink color emanates love, sensuality and affection. The yellow ones refer to prosperity, joy and happiness and the white ones symbolize innocence, purity and peace of mind.
The lilac-colored orchids symbolize spiritual elevation and dignity, and the blue ones bring tranquility, gratitude and feelings of loyalty. The red ones, on the other hand, symbolize loveual energy, power of action, courage and motivation. Those who carry the color black are harder to find and carry within them a sense of pride, daring and power.
With all its grandeur and vibrancy, the sunflower makes a great reference to our star king, the Sun. It is also called the king or god of flowers and always directs its flower towards the Sun, cheering and bringing vibrant energy to any environment, whether in the form of pots, arrangements or planted in gardens.
The meaning of sunflower is very positive and refers to friendship, joy, success, love of life and victories. Presenting someone with sunflowers is an act that demonstrates extreme appreciation, admiration and reverence.
From the same family as daisies and sunflowers, gerbera is found in different shades. They are one of the most sold flowers in the world for their versatility in arrangements and composition in vases and gardens.
Its colors flood any room with vibrant energy and youth, bringing the energy of nature and the purity and joy of children.
It is recommended to give gerberas to people who have achieved something positive, as they are also strongly related to success.
The carnation flower has been used for millennia in the manufacture of perfumes and incense due to its peculiar and pleasant aroma. It is present in practically all cultures, being a flower found in colors ranging from white to purple.
Red carnations represent deep and sincere love and are used as true declarations. Whites convey feelings of peace, pure love and harmony, and roses convey feelings of maternal love.
There are also green carnations that are not easily found, but are often used in decorations for St. Patrick’s Day, which have the color green as a symbol. The carnation flower is traditionally related to masculinity, being common to adorn suits at wedding ceremonies.
We have in the lily flower one of the greatest spiritual symbolisms and of great beauty in nature. It is widely grown in home gardens and is thought of as a flower that provides protection from negative energies. The lily is found in several colors that bring variations to its meanings.
The most popular is the white lily, which means ingenuity and purity of soul. The orange ones bring feelings of passion and admiration, and the blue ones are harder to find and vibrate the energy of beauty and security.
Yellow lilies signify joy and friendship and are indicated to give a friend who has a loving intention. The pink ones show affection and affection, while the red ones are references to love. The purple ones represent motherhood and marriage, and are therefore preferred by brides.
The meaning of alstroemeria refers to lasting friendship, affection and respect, being indicated to give gifts to those we share special moments in our lives. Alstroemeria has many colors that often vary in the form of spots on the petals.
The most common shades are lilac, pink, white and red. Also known as the Inca lily, the alstroemeria is easy to grow and can withstand up to two weeks in plant support.
It has a soft aroma, which makes it widely used to harmonize environments and also in bridal bouquets. The alstroemeria flower has six irregularly shaped petals and each one has a meaning, being empathy, patience, humor, commitment, respect and understanding.
This flower enchants for its delicacy and elegance, making it a favorite of many people in the know. Lisianthus originates from North America and its most common colors are purple and white, followed by variations in shades of pink, blue and lilac.
In addition to the delicacy that lisianthus emanates, its meaning is also one of delivery and romance, thus being commonly used by brides in wedding ceremonies in their bouquets.
Although originating from Asia, the azalea has adapted well to Brazil, being a shrub with abundant foliage and flowering. There are several colors, but the most common are white, pink and red azaleas.
The meanings of the azalea vary according to its color, with the whites representing romanticism, the pinks referring to love, nature and life, and the reds referring to intense and true love.
Generally speaking, they convey the symbolism of delicacy, femininity, perseverance and unconditional love.
For the perfection of its flower, the tulip, in general, represents perfect love. Its origin is uncertain and much discussed, with the version that says that it originates from Turkey being more accepted, having its cultivation spread over several mountainous regions of the planet.
Currently, the country that cultivates the most is the Netherlands, which has the tulip as one of its national symbols. They have different colors that also have different meanings. The yellow tulips represent joy and positive energy, the white ones signify a request for forgiveness and peace, and the red ones symbolize true love.
Pink tulips mean passion and purple serenity. They are considered sophisticated flowers, thus being widely used in refined parties and events.
This beautiful flower originated in Japan, but today it is widely cultivated in regions where it is not very hot around the world. The hydrangea is a plant considered toxic if ingested, therefore, little care is needed in relation to pets and children.
The colors found in the hydrangea are purple, blue or pink, and flowering lasts from early summer to early winter.
Its meaning is spiritual enlightenment, purity of feeling, determination, courage, and it is also a symbol of devotion.
With a strong and striking color, begonia is one of the favorite flowers of landscapers and decorators, as they stand out in any environment where they are used. Despite being native to tropical regions, the begonia prefers shaded environments to being exposed directly to the sun.
There are a multitude of species and colors of begonia, the most common being white, red and mixed.
Its meanings are affection, kindness and sincere love. The begonia also has a special meaning for Feng Shui, being a symbol of fertility.
Considered an exotic plant, the bromeliad has a strong tropical reference. Brazil is where the most bromeliads are found, having in its territory more than half of the 3,000 cataloged species.
As well as the high number of species, the bromeliad also has several colors, being the most common shades of green and red.
Of course, bromeliads have detoxifying properties and work as a cleanser of bad energies. They also refer to mediumship and clarity of thought and intuition. They also symbolize renewal and vitality.
The chrysanthemum is of Asian origin, where the flower is highly esteemed and valued. In Japan, for example, it is a national symbol, being even related to the emperor’s throne in antiquity, which was called the “chrysanthemum throne”.
Originally yellow in color, the chrysanthemum today has several colors that were the result of genetic manipulation over the centuries.
The chrysanthemum symbolizes the joy of a home, simplicity and perfection. In Brazil, it gained a symbolism of beauty in life and death, and because of that it is widely used on the day of the dead and in other religious events.
Anthurium is a flower that is simple to maintain and does not require in-depth knowledge, so it is preferred by those who do not have time to devote themselves to growing flowers. Its appearance is exotic and it adapts extremely easily to indoor environments and without much sunlight.
Anthuriums can be found in white, pink, red, green and even black or mixed in purple or pink.
Anthurium brings renewed energy to environments and is a symbol of luxury, well-being and receptivity, and can also be associated with good luck and love.
The lotus flower originates from Asia, where it is highly worshiped in the religious aspect, mainly by Buddhists. In Egyptian antiquity, the lotus flower was also revered in a mainly religious sense, being even cultivated inside the pyramids.
This flower is one of the most beautiful species created by nature, and its 8 petals represent cosmic harmony, also possessing antiviral and antioxidant properties. They can vary in color, with only five colors having special meanings.
The white lotus flower symbolizes the pure soul, mind and body, the blue lotus flower means the superposition of spirit over material things. The red one represents compassion and love, the rose symbolizes the Buddha himself, and the yellow one refers to positive energies, the sun and happiness.
We have roses as the most classic flower species. They decorate gardens, balconies and windows, being the favorite of lovers all over the world. They come in different colors and their meanings vary according to them.
White roses bring a sense of peace and spirituality, and red ones bring passion and a declaration of love. The yellow ones convey the vibration of joy, and the blue ones symbolize spirituality and mysteries. Black roses, not so easy to find, are sophisticated and elegant, but suitable for moments of greater weight and emotional sobriety.
■ Lucky Bamboo (Lucky Bamboo)
Lucky bamboo plant, or lucky bamboo, is easy to grow and maintain, being used in Feng Shui for over 5 thousand years. It has its origins in Southeast Asia and requires low incidence of sunlight, which makes it ideal for offices and homes in general.
The meaning of Lucky Bamboo comes from harmonizing energies, uniting the elements of water and wood, thus bringing good luck and happiness. As it is also a symbol of prosperity, it is very popular as gifts for people who are special to us.
The name given to this flower means “beautiful flower” or “sympathy flower”. It is quite popular in Brazil, being even an inspiration for many mothers when choosing the name of their daughters. The magnolia is of Asian origin, and in China it is used in Buddhist temples, having been cultivated for thousands of years.
Their meaning is one of purity and nobility, and they are found in white and pink or purple and lilac tones. Its flowers are fragrant and large, and also symbolize the sweetness of soul, perseverance and hope.
Does understanding the meaning of flowers help in setting up your garden?
We know that not everything in life is flowers, but we can use them as balms for our earthly existence. Whether to make our house or our garden more colorful or to filter and transform dense energies through their perfumes, or even as a way to honor and give someone a gift, flowers are precious gifts to humanity.
In the same way that when we furnish our homes, we seek to understand the functionality of each piece of furniture and item, we must seek to understand all aspects of the species of flowers that will make up our garden.
Understanding the cultivation of the most varied species of flowers in certain spaces, also understanding their symbologies and meanings, will allow achieving a result as positive and beautiful as an arrangement of the most beautiful flower in existence.