Have you ever heard about floriography?

Have you ever heard about floriography?



All around us, there will be flowers blooming, bees buzzing, and pollen threatening to tickle my allergies. Truly, this is a wonderful season for life to grow, especially flowers.

Speaking of flowers, did you know that many of our favorites have deep meaning and symbolism? This is called “floriography” or language of flowers. It is actually more common than you think. For example, most people know that red roses symbolize romance, but did you know that poppies symbolize the remembrance of the first world war?


Here are a few common flowers that have special meanings:

#1 Daisies – Daisies are very iconic flowers that everyone knows and loves. They’re also classified as wildflowers and were brought into the US from Europe. These dainty flowers symbolize purity and innocence, as well as motherhood and new beginnings.

#2 Dandelions – Dandelions are very resilient flowers that grow just about everywhere in Oregon. They were brought here from Eurasia when the Mayflower sailed to America. You can see them growing freely in grassy fields and even in the cracks of sidewalks. Other than their yellow bloom, their spherical seed ball is equally recognizable. These flowers symbolize hope and perseverance.

#3 Lavender – You’ll usually see lavender grow in long rows on lavender farms. They were also brought to the US from Europe. Lavender is a widely beloved flower with a very pleasant smell. For this reason, you’ll often see its scent in soaps and candles. It symbolizes silence and serenity.

#4 Dahlias – Dahlias are a popular flower I’ve often seen used in bouquets sold at Safeway! They were brought to the US from South America. The symbolism of these flowers is gracefulness and inner strength. This makes a lot of sense, since dahlias have very symmetrical and sturdy petals.

#5 Black-Eyed Susans – This is a very common flower I see in Beaverton, usually in people’s gardens. They look like small sunflowers but with less petals. Black-eyed Susans were also introduced to the US from Europe. They symbolize encouragement and justice.

Appreciating flowers for their looks makes them special, but knowing about their floriography makes them even more special. I’d like to thank my best friend, Eva, for introducing me to this wonderful hobby. I’ll have to remember to give her a yellow rose!


Mizuki Wong is a 9th grader at Mountainside High School. In their free time, they enjoy drawing, animating on YouTube, listening to music and learning about science.