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The meaning of flowers

Symbolism of flowers in Chinese culture

03·14·2014

Roses are red, violets are blue

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Flowers are the most beautiful things in the world, except for the angels that are Victoria’s Secret  underwear models, everybody knows that. We love smelling them, girls love receiving them, artist use them for inspiration on a daily basis and the internet flows with blogs about the symbolism of flowers, and here is another one. I’m going explain you the meaning of flowers and the message they send in Chinese culture.

The Lotus (荷花) is one of the most important flowers in Chinese culture. Buddhists all over the world recognize this Lotus as signifying the holy seat of the Buddha. In Chinese culture the Lotus symbolizes ultimate purity of the heart and mind and perfection, because it rises untainted and beautiful from the mud. The seeds are also edible and are often used as medicine.

lotus

 

The Chrysanthemum(菊花) signifies intellectual accomplishments, cleansing qualities, and longevity of life. Buddhists use this flower as offerings on altars because they symbolizes powerful Yang energy. This flower attracts good luck in the home. It is good to give old people chrysanthemum flowers because they symbolize strong life.

chrysantemum

 

The Peony(牡丹) is the national flower of China; this flower signifies richness, opulence, beauty, honor and high social status.  A symbol of spring, it is also used as a metaphor for female beauty and reproduction. Pictured in full bloom, the peony symbolizes peace. It is also believed to be the ideal 12th wedding anniversary gift for your beloved.

peony

 

The Hydrangea(绣球花) is a symbol expressing love, gratitude, and enlightenment.

hydrangea

 

The Orchid(兰花) is a symbol of perfection and elegance. It represents integrity, nobility, and friendship.

orchid

 

The Narcissus(水仙) is believed to be a symbol of the flowering of our hidden talents. The flower also has an occult value. It is used for exorcisms to route out evil spirits.

narcissus

 

The Lily(百合花) is believed to be the best flower for weddings because in China it represents one hundred years of love. The Lily is also a good choice for girlfriends because it means unity.

Even though most flowers represent good things, some of them carry pejorative meanings.

Poplars (杨树花) can be easily blown away in the wind, thus representing an unfaithful lover.

Duckweed(浮萍) is a floating flower with no roots , therefore it contradicts the values of unity, harmony, and family, that are still very important  in Chinese culture.

Now that you’ve learned the meaning of flowers, you might be interested in learning about the meaning of colors in China.

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