Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just need to make sure you’re not a robot. What Does the Lilac Flower Mean? In Victorian times, giving a lilac meant that that the giver is trying to remind the receiver of a first love. Lilacs can also express confidence that the giver has for the receiver. This makes lilacs a good gift for graduates. A sprig of lilacs, especially white lilacs, symbolizes innocence. Etymological Meaning of the Lilac Flower In taxonomy, lilacs have their own genera called Syringa. So, for example, the common lilac is known as Syringa vulgaris. The English word lilac is stolen from the French and Spanish word lilac.
In Victorian times, widows often wore lilacs. Lilacs are often the first flowers to bloom when temperatures rise and only last a couple of weeks, so lilacs often symbolize spring. Lilac Flower Facts Lilacs are so beloved that some towns compete over who loves lilacs best. The Lilac capital of the world is Rochester, New York, home of the annual Lilac Festival. Cornwall in the Canadian providence of Ontario also claims to be a major center for lilac lovers, with a lilac collection about as massive as the one in Rochester’s Highland Park. Lilacs are the official state flower of New Hampshire. Lilac Flower Color Meanings Although lilacs get their name from their most popular color, lilacs can come in other colors. Some species and hybrids come in two colors.
Common color sybolism spans many European, Asian and North American cultures. White: That purity and innocence thought to be part of childhood. Violet: All shades of purple tend to reflect spirituality, but darker purple reflects that the wearer is concerned or knows about spiritual mysteries. Blue: Pastel shades symbolize a baby boy, but soft blue can also mean happiness and tranquility. Many hospital or therapist rooms are a soft shade of blue. Lilac: This lighter shade of purple is associated with one’s first love or the first time one feels love for someone. Pink: Not just for little girls, pink is also associated with love and strong friendships. Magenta: This shade of dark red is associated with passion, love and the sheer thrill of being alive, especially after surviving a harrowing experience. Purple: Because lighter shades of purple are associated with first loves, purple is often an alternative to black for mourning or for remembering somber anniversaries.
Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Lilac Flower Lilacs are not only pretty, but useful in many ways. Many species of butterflies and moths rely on lilac plants in order for their caterpillars to survive. The common lilac produces nectar favored by bees and butterflies. Lilac flowers are a common ingredient in fine cosmetics and perfumes. Aromatherapy oil made with lilac flowers is supposed to be good for relaxation and to sweeten up smelly rooms. Lilacs bloom for only a short while, but they are vibrant in their short lives. Love affairs or relationships can last even shorter. Enjoy love while it lasts and do not regret past loves.
Remind me of growing up in Ireland, where the lilac bloomed profusely in spring. They were in my path to school, back home in Paris, France. I used to pick them in the spring, bring them to teacher. As a 3 year-old, I helped clean up, and plant lilac bushes along a section of Hwy 100, then on the western edge of Minneapolis, Mn. I was told we were planting the lilacs to bring home the soldiers from war. What Are The Flowers That Bloom In May? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The sunflower has developed unique meanings across the world as it spreads in the modern age, but many cultures share similar views of the flower thanks to its physical characteristics. Symbolism of the Sunflower It’s no surprise that both ancient and modern people associated the Sunflower with warmth, positivity, power, strength, and happiness since it bears such a strong resemblance to the Sun itself.