There’s a perfect flower for every occasion, and it’s up to you to pick the best one. If you’re trying to woo someone romantically, you might want to make sure the Bouq you choose symbolizes romance and not “Congratulations” or “Get Better Soon.” Getting clued in on popular flower superstitions is the best way to say exactly what you’re trying to say.
Here are a few tips for leveraging flower symbolism to really make your floral gift stand out:
The Power of Flower Symbolism
Flowers around the world have been used to communicate for hundreds of years. Roses were held in such high regard in the 17th century that they were used as a legal tender. In the 19th century, Victorian homes almost always had two books readily available: a Bible and a flower dictionary. Giving the wrong flower to a neighbor could have such dramatic impacts as breaking friendships and ruining reputations.
Because flowers were such a unique form of communication, with subtle nuances that formed an integral part of culture, they also became a key focus in literature, art, and photography in the centuries that followed. Today, flowers around the world are used to celebrate, commemorate, comfort, and still communicate a variety of life events from birth to death and everything in between.
5 Flower Superstitions You’ve Probably Never Heard Before
1. May the odds be ever in your favor.
Some who follow flower superstitions have some serious numerology beliefs. According to many cultures, a bouquet with an even number of flowers symbolizes death — so while a dozen flowers would not be so great for a wedding, they’re a perfect choice for commemorating those who’ve crossed over to other side.
2. Witch, witch, she’s a witch!
If you’re looking for interesting flower superstitions, those about marigolds definitely fit the bill. Marigolds and anemone were once said to protect a person against witchcraft and bad luck. Marigolds are also known for their aphrodisiac properties and are often included in wedding bouquets for this reason.
3. Lucky Number 13
Poppies are one of the most beloved flowers around the world, both for their medicinal properties and for their vibrant color. Farmers have a special love for the flower because they were once thought to bring a good crop and to help people forget their worries. If you’re giving a bouquet of poppies, it should have just 13 stems, since any more or any less is apparently bad luck for the recipient.
4. Congratulations, it’s a girl!
According to some flower superstition, a pregnant woman who eats the tubers of orchids will give birth to a baby girl. But if her husband eats the orchid tubers, the couple will be welcoming in a bouncing baby boy.
5. He loves me, he loves me…not.
While many of us spent adolescent days plucking flower petals to determine if the object of our affection had reciprocal thoughts, some flower symbolism spins a darker take. Many believe that if you’re holding a rose and one of its petals falls off, someone you love will die in the near future.
Bonus: Forget the holy water, plant a rose.
The Romans were deep believers of flower symbolism. While they were changing the world and building their empire, they were also cultivating one of the most popular flowers around the world. Why? Because they believed roses could protect deceased loved ones from evil.
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