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Lilac in China represents modesty, which is one of virtues that Chinese people value Other than above, there are some flowers which have medicinal values. Plum flowers can cure heat, cough and diarrhea; chrysanthemum can cure cold; orchid can cure lung disease and coughs; lotus flowers can cure sunstroke, insomnia and blood vomiting; azalea can regulate female menstruation; narcissus and Chinese rose can remove bruises; laurel can remove bruises and dissolve phlegm.
What about giving presents? When birthdays or opening a business, red Chinese rose or pomegranate flowers would be good because this represents prosperous future.
For old people, plum flowers or tuberose would be appropriate.
For patients, orchid, you can buy China pink bamboo.
For moving houses, you can buy asparagus fern.
For wedding, you can buy lily because in China it represents hundred years of love. Lily is also good for friends which means unity.
However there are also plants which carry derogative meanings.
Poplar flowers can be easily blown broken. It represents a woman who is not faithful.
Broad-leave epiphyllum flowers are pretty but they open just for one night. It can be easily understood that they represent shortness.
Duckweed floats on surface of water. It has no roots and floats anywhere. Since Chinese nation values family and its unity, things which do not have roots would be pitiful.
Thistles and thorns bring people pain. They represent difficulties.
Do you know more about what to bring to your Chinese friend next time? Maybe now you can be more confident when asking your Chinese lover out for a date.;-)
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