7 Popular Spring Flowers and What They Mean ...

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7 Popular Spring Flowers and What They Mean ...

Flowers are beautiful to look at, but not many people know the most popular spring flowers and their meanings. Each of these popular spring flowers listed has a beautiful story just as lovely as their bright colors and sweet smells.

1 Anemone

One of the loveliest popular spring flowers is called Anemone. This particular flower represents “expectation” or “anticipation,” which is why it’s so popular among people who are anxiously anticipating and expecting springtime! Historically thought to ward off illnesses and protect against evil, the anemone flower is known as a powerful flower. There are also speculations that this flower grew under the cross where Jesus hung. According to Greek mythology, however, the anemone sprang from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis.

2 Dahlias

These beautiful flowers have different meanings according to their colors. It is said that to express “I am happy you love me,” one should give a yellow dahlia; on the other hand, if someone wishes to say “I think of you constantly,” he/she should give a multicolored dahlia. Historically, the dahlia's flowers were used to make an early form of insulin for diabetics. This flower is known for its form and colors.

3 Gerberas

These pretty flowers symbolize innocence, beauty, and purity. They come in a variety of colors and are often used to create feng shui throughout a house. Each beautiful color brings up an emotion and cheer to a person’s heart: yellows are very cheerful and grounding; reds exude passion and energy; pinks are very sweet and calming; oranges are full of health and life; and whites are to soothe the mind.

4 Peonies

According to legend, the peonies are named after Paeon, who was a physician to the gods. It is believed that he received this particular flower on Mount Olympus from Apollo’s mother. These gorgeous flowers symbolize good fortune, wealth, happy marriages, and romance. You can certainly conclude all of these symbols just by looking at them! They typically come in season around May.

5 Tulips

Of course, I had to add the beloved and popular tulip to the list! These beauties symbolize the perfection of love. If a boy ever presents you with one of these, you know he’s a keeper! Similar to the gerbera daisies, the tulips’ various colors mean different things: reds are romantic and yellows are warm and bright like the sun that symbolizes friendship. A fun fact is that the multi-colored tulips express “the beauty of one's eyes.”

6 Lilac

These flowers are absolutely stunning, aren’t they? Sure they attract the bees but, more importantly, they attract the human eye and nose! Lilacs are most commonly known for their beauty and pleasant scent, which is why they are the most common flowers used in perfumes and other scented products. According to Greek mythology, a nymph named Syringa (which is actually lilac’s botanical name) captivated Pan, who was the god of the forests and fields. To escape his affections, she turned herself into a flower. The purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love and the white lilacs symbolize youthful innocence.

7 Carnation

The origin of the flower's name is derived from the Latin word “carnis” because of the flower's pink color. Carnations are typically worn on Mother’s Day, Teacher’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, as well as used in weddings. Similar to some of the other flowers in this list, the carnations have different meanings according to their colors: whites signify pure love and luck; light reds symbolize admiration; dark reds symbolize deep love and affection; and pinks are believed to have first appeared on Earth from the Virgin Mary’s tears – making the carnation the ultimate symbol of a mother’s undying love.

Now that you know more about the most common spring flowers, you can appreciate and name each flower! What flower is the most meaningful to you?

Sources: joysflorist.com, fengshuidana.com

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