Knowing the symbolic meanings of different blooms can make floral gifts more personal. Some of the origins of these meanings are unknown, or simply traditions carried on from hundreds of years ago. Giving a flower that symbolizes freedom can hold a special meaning for occasions such as immigration, citizenship, paying off debts or the end of war.
Yellow roses can symbolize freedom when given singly or in a bouquet. The yellow rose was first found growing in the wild in the Middle East during the 18th century, and immediately become popular in Europe. These yellow roses, however, had no scent. The three original species of yellow roses are Rosa ecae, Rosa foetida and Rosa hemisphaerica. These roses have been mixed and matched to create the yellow rose hybrids we now enjoy.
After World War II, Holland shipped thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa in order to thank Canada for their help in freeing their country from German occupation. They were also to show their gratitude for the Canadian government's hospitality toward Queen Maria, who stayed in the country's capital during the war. This beautiful bloom was originally a wildflower in Persia, before it became the national emblem of Holland. It can be bought in an array of colors, and comes in 1700 different varieties. Holland produces 80 percent of the world's tulips.
Bird of Paradise
The bird of paradise is also known as the crane flower because of its resemblance to the plume of tropical birds. These blooms are also called Strelitzias, in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Streliz, who became Queen of England in 1761 and was a botanist. The bright colors and startling angles of this exotic bloom make it a favorite among florists. The bird of paradise is native to parts of the Cape Province as well as northern parts of South Africa.
- Rose Magazine: The Origin of Yellow Roses
- Hudson Valley Weddings: What Different Flowers Symbolize
- Science Daily: Tulips! Tulips! Tulips!
- Kew: Strelitzia reginae (bird-of-paradise flower)
- Living Arts Originals: Find Your Flower: Flower Symbols and Meanings
- Arena Flowers: Strelitzias or Birds of Paradise
- Photo Credit Jumper/Photodisc/Getty Images yellow rose image by OMKAR A.V from Fotolia.com yellow tulip image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com bird of paradise image by Keith Pinto from Fotolia.com
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