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Lisianthus Lisianthus may sound like a Latin name, but it is one of several common names associated with this plant. It is also referred to as Prairie Gentian, Prairie Rose or Texas Bluebell. The flowers existing today are derived from an American wildflower that is native to prairies ranging from Colorado to Nebraska and down to Texas. Meanings: outgoing, thoughts
Orchids During 19th Century, orchids were widely collected. With nearly 25,000 varieties, some orchids are among most exquisite and expensive flowers available. In antiquity, orchids were correlated with love and fertility. It was common knowledge that they would protect against diseases. Given as a gift they stand for preciousness and seduction. Meanings: seduction, preciousness
Snapdragons Snapdragons are an old decorative flower, widely used by Romans. From its origin in southern Spain cultivated form was spread throughout whole Roman Empire. Nowadays remnants of this original population which all belong to species Antirrhinum majus are found among Roman remains like temples in southern France, Malta, and Italy. The flower, also called "gracious lady" stands for deception.
Meanings: desire, strength Roses With their far-reaching popularity, roses are queens of flowers. After buttercup, roses are second oldest variety of flowers on planet. Biologists can trace roses back some 200 million years! Although there is a huge number of meanings and symbols associated with roses, most common of course is love, which originated in Greek mythology. When Aphrodite cried about death of her lover Adonis, she had red "Adonis Roses" grown with his blood, - thus red roses are symbol of never-ending love. Important to mention are roses' thorns, of which we all probably have some painful memory. Symbolically, love can be painful and full of suffering when not treated carefully. Red roses: I love you, unconscious beauty White roses: spiritual love, purity Yellow roses: joy, gladness Orange roses: fascinated, enthusiastic Pink roses: grace, gentility
Tulips Originally from Persia, tulips were introduced to Western Europe and Netherlands in 17th century. When growers started to hybridize flower, they found ways of making it even more decorative. Hybrids of flower were a scarcity at time and a symbol of high status. Soon tulips became very popular as a trading product and bulbs were traded at highest prices. The months of late 1636 to early 1637 would make history in Netherlands as "Tulipmania". A bed of tulips was worth up to $5,000, value of a small house in Amsterdam. The bulbs became currency, and their value was quoted at stock market. Meanings: perfect lover, fame
Sunflowers Sunflowers turn their heads toward sun and this how they got their common name. They originated in Central and South America. Sunflowers are not only pretty to look at but sunflower seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamin E - all important to nutritional quality of your diet. Wait! That doesn't mean you're supposed to eat seeds out of your sunflower bouquet. Meanings: adoration, sunshine
Josh Grossman is cofounder of online florist, Beyond Blossoms (http://www.beyondblossoms.com). Beyond Blossoms ships farm fresh flower bouquets nationwide.