Updated: May 7
Although roses have been dominating center stage for centuries, other well-known flowers are also synonymous with love when it comes to the language of love. Sourcing from the Flowerpaedia (2018), authored by environmentalist and floral specialist Cheralyn Darcey and the online resource Encyclopedia Britannica,britannica.com (sourced in 2020), let's explore the top flowers that represent love. - OXO
1. Red Carnation
(Dianthus cayophyllus) represents values of love, compassion, romance, possession, abundance, progression, and life-force. Carnation, also called grenadine or clove pink, is a herbaceous plant within the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae), native to the Mediterranean area. It is widely cultivated for its fringe-petaled flowers, which often have a spicy fragrance.
2. Native Passionflower
(Passiflora herbertiana) represents love, adaptation, breaking negative patterns, and balanced emotions. Passion flower, has about 400 species of tendril-bearing, herbaceous vines comprising the genus Passiflora (family Passifloraceae), with characteristic flowers. Passion flowers can be important as ornamentals can be grown for their edible fruits.
3. Apple Blossom
(Malus domestica) represents I love you, love, sensuality, fertility, purity of emotions, inner health, and self-care. The fruit of the domesticated tree Malus domestica (family Rosaceae) are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. The apple is a pome (fleshy) fruit, in which the ripened ovary and surrounding tissue both are edible. The apple flower requires cross-pollination for fertilization.
4. Red Chrysanthemum
(Chrysanthemum) represents I love you, passion, invitation, and proposition. This flower can be of about 40 species of flowering plants in the Asteraceae family, native primarily to subtropical areas such as East Asia. Florists’ chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ×morifolium) has more than 100 cultivars, including button, pompon, daisy, and spider forms.
5. Blood Root
(Sanguinaria canadensis) represents I love you, protection, purification, healing, strength, growth, love, new beginning, new life, and hope. This flower can also be referred to as red puccoon, and its origins are from the flowering plant of the poppy family (Papaveraceae), native throughout eastern and midwestern North America. Based on its namesake, the orange-red sap of the root was formerly used by Native Americans for dye.
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