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Flower Glossary

Ammi Majus aka ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’

Legend has it that Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she pricked her finger, and it’s said that the purple-red flower in the center of Queen Anne’s Lace represents a droplet of her blood. Also, called Wild Carrot (since Queen Anne’s Lace is the wild progenitor of today’s carrot), Bishop’s Lace or Bird’s Nest (for the nest-like appearance of the bright white and rounded flower in full bloom), in the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary.

Ammi Majus aka

‘Queen Anne’s Lace’

Legend has it that Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she pricked her finger, and it’s said that the purple-red flower in the center of Queen Anne’s Lace represents a droplet of her blood. Also, called Wild Carrot (since Queen Anne’s Lace is the wild progenitor of today’s carrot), Bishop’s Lace or Bird’s Nest (for the nest-like appearance of the bright white and rounded flower in full bloom), in the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary.

Alstroemeria

Resembling a miniature lily, alstroemeria, often called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, was named after its discoverer, Baron Claus von Alstromer, a Swedish baron who collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1753.  Resembling a miniature lily, alstroemeria, often called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, was named after its discoverer, Baron Claus von Alstromer, a Swedish baron who collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1753.

Alstroemeria

Resembling a miniature lily, alstroemeria, often called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, was named after its discoverer, Baron Claus von Alstromer, a Swedish baron who collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1753.

Carnations

Carnations have enjoyed a varied and rich history filled with symbolism and legend. They are thought to be one of the oldest cultivated flowers in the world. While the original carnation sported petals in shades of pink and peach, today’s cultivated varieties run the gamut from pure white and shades of pink and red to green, yellow and purple with many striped or variegated versions, too.

Carnations

Carnations have enjoyed a varied and rich history filled with symbolism and legend. They are thought to be one of the oldest cultivated flowers in the world. While the original carnation sported petals in shades of pink and peach, today’s cultivated varieties run the gamut from pure white and shades of pink and red to green, yellow and purple with many striped or variegated versions, too.

Erica

Originally from Europe and some parts of Asia, this is an ancient flower grows in Scotland and Mexico. Growing on the windy hills of Scotland, the white wild Erica has come to symbolize independence and protection. Early in the history of Scotland, there were many wars of competing factions. Throughout these battles of position and power, white Erica was worn as an amulet of protection. It was thought that the red and pink Ericas were stained with blood. Nobody wanted to invite bloodshed into their life, so these colors would not be carried into battle. Scottish legend says that no white Erica will ever grow where blood has been shed.

Erica

Originally from Europe and some parts of Asia, this is an ancient flower grows in Scotland and Mexico. Growing on the windy hills of Scotland, the white wild Erica has come to symbolize independence and protection. Early in the history of Scotland, there were many wars of competing factions. Throughout these battles of position and power, white Erica was worn as an amulet of protection. It was thought that the red and pink Ericas were stained with blood. Nobody wanted to invite bloodshed into their life, so these colors would not be carried into battle. Scottish legend says that no white Erica will ever grow where blood has been shed.

Eucalyptus

A eucalyptus is an evergreen tree, originally from Australia, that is grown to provide wood, gum, and an oil that is used in medicines..

Eucalyptus

A eucalyptus is an evergreen tree, originally from Australia, that is grown to provide wood, gum, and an oil that is used in medicines..

Eustoma

Eustoma takes its name from ancient Greece, where the flower was popular as a love charm. The name comes from two parts — first, the eu, which is a prefix that symbolizes goodness. Stoma is the second part of the name and it means mouth, so the flower is really called a good mouth. Other common names for this flower include Stock, Gillyflower, and Virginia gilly.

Eustoma

Eustoma takes its name from ancient Greece, where the flower was popular as a love charm. The name comes from two parts — first, the eu, which is a prefix that symbolizes goodness. Stoma is the second part of the name and it means mouth, so the flower is really called a good mouth. Other common names for this flower include Stock, Gillyflower, and Virginia gilly.

Hydrangea

First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea’s come in white, blue, pink and purple, depending on the acidity level of the soil.

Hydrangea

First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea’s come in white, blue, pink and purple, depending on the acidity level of the soil.

Hypericum

The Hypericum Berry is also called “toute saine” literally meaning all-healthy. The leaves where once used as a healing aid to all wounds. However, the berries which turn from white/green, to red, to black are poisonous.  These berries come in red, pink, yellow and orange shades. Florists love to add these berries to bridal bouquets, as well as fall themed bouquets. Each stem has approximately 10-15 berries for every stem.

Hypericum

Eustoma takes its name from ancient Greece, where the flower was popular as a love charm. The name comes from two parts — first, the eu, which is a prefix that symbolizes goodness. Stoma is the second part of the name and it means mouth, so the flower is really called a good mouth. Other common names for this flower include Stock, Gillyflower, and Virginia gilly.

Lily

Dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, these majestic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word “leiron”, the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower.  While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue and were the symbol of the Virgin Mary’s purity and her role of Queen of the Angels. As the flowers most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.

Lily

Dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, these majestic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word “leiron”, the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower.  While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue and were the symbol of the Virgin Mary’s purity and her role of Queen of the Angels. As the flowers most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.

Matthiola

Matthiola is believed to be named after Pierandrea Matthiola, an Italian botanist and doctor who cultivated these flowers because he thought they might have medicinal values that promoted love and lust due to their strong scent. Because of their long lasting blooms and spicy clove-like scent, the flowers meanings include lasting beauty, happy life, and a contented existence.

Matthiola

Matthiola is believed to be named after Pierandrea Matthiola, an Italian botanist and doctor who cultivated these flowers because he thought they might have medicinal values that promoted love and lust due to their strong scent. Because of their long lasting blooms and spicy clove-like scent, the flowers meanings include lasting beauty, happy life, and a contented existence.

Orchid

The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl.  During the Victorian era, orchid symbolism shifted to luxury, and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendor continues, with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. The 14th wedding anniversary flower, pink orchids convey pure affection, and the popular cattelya orchid represents mature charm.

Orchid

The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl.  During the Victorian era, orchid symbolism shifted to luxury, and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendor continues, with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. The 14th wedding anniversary flower, pink orchids convey pure affection, and the popular cattelya orchid represents mature charm.

Rose

Long a symbol of love and passion, the ancient Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, goddesses of love. Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, they also represent confidentiality. In fact, the Latin expression “sub rosa”(literally, “under the rose”) means something told in secret, and in ancient Rome, a wild rose was placed on the door to a room where confidential matters were being discussed.  Each color offers a distinct meaning: red, the lover’s rose, signifies enduring passion; white, humility and innocence; yellow, expressing friendship and joy; pink, gratitude, appreciation and admiration; orange, enthusiasm and desire; white lilac and purple roses represent enchantment and love at first sight.

Rose

Long a symbol of love and passion, the ancient Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, goddesses of love. Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, they also represent confidentiality. In fact, the Latin expression “sub rosa”(literally, “under the rose”) means something told in secret, and in ancient Rome, a wild rose was placed on the door to a room where confidential matters were being discussed.  Each color offers a distinct meaning: red, the lover’s rose, signifies enduring passion; white, humility and innocence; yellow, expressing friendship and joy; pink, gratitude, appreciation and admiration; orange, enthusiasm and desire; white lilac and purple roses represent enchantment and love at first sight. The number of stems in a rose bouquet can also express specific sentiments. The June birth month flower and the 15th wedding anniversary flower, roses are also the national flower of the United States and the state flower of Georgia, Iowa, New York, North Dakota and the District of Columbia. And, not surprisingly, June – the month so often associated with weddings – is National Rose Month.

Statice

Grown for both its colorful flowers and its everlasting calyx (the green leaf that encloses the flower bud), statice is also considered an herb, referred to as “sea lavender.” Statice is commonly used in dried flower arrangements as well as fresh bouquets. Its botanical name is derived from the Greek word “limonium,” meaning meadow, referring to the plants original habitat and likely why this versatile flower is also called marsh-rosemary.  With a misty and seafoam appearance (two more names associated with this wildflower-like plant), in the language of flowers, statice symbolizes remembrance.

Statice

Grown for both its colorful flowers and its everlasting calyx (the green leaf that encloses the flower bud), statice is also considered an herb, referred to as “sea lavender.” Statice is commonly used in dried flower arrangements as well as fresh bouquets. Its botanical name is derived from the Greek word “limonium,” meaning meadow, referring to the plants original habitat and likely why this versatile flower is also called marsh-rosemary.  With a misty and seafoam appearance (two more names associated with this wildflower-like plant), in the language of flowers, statice symbolizes remembrance.

Pom

Daisies and Poms are a spray flower, meaning that they have more than one bloom on a single stem! This makes them an ideal filler flower for bouquets and centerpieces. Pair up your favorite daisy or pom with focal flowers to enhance your look!

Pom

Daisies and Poms are a spray flower, meaning that they have more than one bloom on a single stem! This makes them an ideal filler flower for bouquets and centerpieces. Pair up your favorite daisy or pom with focal flowers to enhance your look!