Monday, March 30, 2009

Rhododendron Flower Symbolism

Rhododendron Flower Symbolism
The flower symbolism associated with the rhododendron is beware and caution. Rhododendron means ose tree. Some spices are toxic to animals and may have a hallucinogenic and laxative effect on humans, thus the symbolism related to warning and danger. Rhododendrons were originally found in Nepal. Today there are over 1,000 species of rhododendrons. Rhododendrons are the national flower of Nepal, the state flower of Sikkim in India, and the state flower of West Virginia and Washington in the United States. See our original art featuring rhododendrons

Rose Flower Symbolism
The flower symbolism associated with roses is love, remembrance, passion (red); purity (white); happiness (pink); infidelity (yellow); unconscious beauty, I love you. Roses were first cultivated 5,000 years ago in Asian gardens. Confucius wrote that the emperor of China owned over 600 books on the cultivation of roses. Roses were introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire and were thereafter used for ornamental purposes. Roses are emblems of England and New York City. See our artwork and gifts featuring roses.

Shamrock Symbolism
The symbolism associated with shamrocks is lightheartedness, good fortune and good luck. The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland and a registered trademark of the Republic of Ireland. The shamrock was traditionally used for its medicinal properties and was a popular decorative motif in Victorian times. The shamrock is also symbolic of St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17th.

Snapdragon Flower Symbolism
The flower symbolism associated with snapdragons is graciousness and strength. The snapdragon is important as a model organism in botanical research. Its genome has been studied in detail

Sunflower Flower Symbolism
The flower symbolism associated with sunflowers is adoration. Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun, which is the origin of their common name. Sunflowers belong to the genus helianthus, a reference to Helios, the sun god. Sunflowers are native to the Americas and are the state flower of Kansas. See our artwork and gifts featuring sunflowers.

Sweet Pea Flower Symbolism
The flower symbolism associated with sweet peas is bliss, delicate pleasure, good-bye, departure, adieu and thank you for a lovely time. Sweet peas were very popular in the late 1800s and are often considered the floral emblem for Edwardian England. Sweet peas are the flowers most closely connected to the month of April. Read more about sweet peas.

By Kathleen Karlsen, MA


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