What Is the Purpose of Flowers?

By Ryn Gargulinski

  • Overview

    What Is the Purpose of Flowers?
    From the standpoint of the plant, the most important purpose of the flower is serving as the plant's reproductive organ. Flowers are where the male sperm and female ovum are united to produce speeds. For the human race, the purpose of flowers includes showing affection and friendship or cheering up those who are sick or depressed. The flower's purpose goes even further when one examines the symbolic meanings attached.
  • Rose

    Roses have long been the symbol of love--especially the long-stemmed, red variety that skyrocket in price and can often sell out on Valentine's Day. The red rose is the symbol of love, and the yellow rose denotes happiness and friendship. A white rose sings of humility and purity. Pink roses cry out in gratitude, while orange roses show desire. Love at first sight can be symbolized by a simple gift of a purple or white lilac rose.
  • Daffodil

    The daffodil, also known as the narcissus, is a sign of rebirth. Heavily abundant in the spring, daffodils work well as a bouquet for a new home, new baby or hope in a dire situation. Daffodils are also signs of good fortune and upcoming luck--but only if they are given in a bunch. Superstition says that giving someone a single daffodil can be like handing her a dose of very ill luck.

  • Lily

    Lilies are highly popular flowers in two seemingly opposite occasions: weddings and funerals. The white lilies often clasped by a bride are symbolic of her purity and virtue. The Virgin Mary was associated with the lily. The theme of the lily's innocence is also found in its use at funerals, denoting that the soul will be returned to its innocent state after the body dies.
  • Sunflower

    Sunflowers fall into the category of serving a symbolic and utilitarian purpose. People only need be reminded of sunflower seeds or sunflower oil to realize sunflowers are used for food items across the globe. The large, bold flower is also a symbol of warmth and happiness. The flower's wide-open face is a symbol of the sun, glory and eternity. In addition to foodstuff, Native Americans used sunflower seeds to adorn gravesites, and natives of the Inca Empire used to worship the plant.
  • Carnation

    Carnations are traditionally one of the least expensive flowers, but they are rich in meaning. These frilly-edged flowers come in a wide array of colors that each carry a different meaning. White carnations mean pure love and great luck; these are often carried by brides who don't opt for lilies. Dark red carnations symbolize a strong love and affection, A lighter red denotes admiration. Pink carnations again point back the Virgin Mary, as legend has it they sprung from the dirt where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation came to denote the eternal love of a mother. Mother's Day happens to be one of the most popular days for carnations, as are those tinted green in honor of St. Patrick.
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