New Section: The Language of Flowers

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Floriography, or the Language of Flowers, was a most enchanting practice of the Victorian times in which people communicated messages and conveyances through flowers and herbs. This language of flowers is possibly one of the most romantic gestures that ever existed. Writers, poets, artists, and everyday people employed the age-old symbolism of flowers and herbs, rooted in mythology and folklore, to express emotion and ideas. Today, it can be an ideal outlet for those of us who seek the deeper meaning behind things.

Though there are inevitably countless variances in flower meanings based on geography, language, and culture, most flowers’ meanings are remarkably consistent throughout the world. As there are cases of extreme discrepancy, (such as with Basil, which in some manuals meant true love and in others, hatred), when sending or receiving messages it would be wise to combine flowers/herbs whose meanings are more consistent with those that are more elusive. In my attempts to help preserve and perhaps even revive this charming practice, here is an index of some popular flowers and herbs and the meanings assigned to them by tradition and folklore.

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2 thoughts on “New Section: The Language of Flowers

  1. That is interesting that Calendula is “mental anguish”, it is such a happy plant! The blossoms are sweet and delicious and the poultice or tincture can help with such a variety of bug bites and skin problems…very interesting!! I suppose, it can help with mental anguish..perhaps that is why 🙂

    • The origins of the meanings are fascinating, and unfortunately mostly unknown. The only thing I found is that in Mexico, calendula is called the flower of death because it was believed to have sprung up from the blood of the natives killed by the Spanish invaders – that’s why it’s used to adorn gravesides on the day of the dead. But as for mental anguish, I’m not sure of the connection. Maybe someone just needed a flower to express mental anguish and chose calendula?!

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