Flowers have always had a language forgotten by people. It has been used as a means of communication since ancient Persia. Today we can only speculate the meanings of such communication. The beautiful lilacs interpret love and courtship. Sending a beautiful bunch of lilac flowers to the one you love is the most amazing part of this game. In this case, the interpretation is simple. The intentions, clear. In Victorian times, for the highest expression of means of communication, lilacs for sale were sent to everyone, regardless of sex or condition, and contained much more complex messages than we can understand today.
Lilacs: The Origin
Lilacs (Syringa) belongs to a botanical genus that encompasses approximately 20 species since although it is true that there have been about 100 species that have been described as belonging to this genus, only 20 have been accepted. The lilacs are shrubs that belong to the family of Oleaceae (the same family to which the olive tree belongs, oddly enough) and they give us their beautiful flowers in spring, which measure approximately 1 centimeter in diameter and can be of the following colors: white, pale pink or purple. At present, there are numerous hybrids produced from the original lilac species, which are thought to come from Southeast Europe and East Asia.
Lilac: A Flower with Many Meanings
Lilac is a simple flower. The small one transfers a feeling of peace and tranquility. It is usually violet or purple. It is possible however to find some variety of colors. The lilac is a flower that throughout history has evolved a lot. It has had different meanings for different civilizations and at different times in history. A bouquet of lilacs sent between two teenagers could mean friendship. The same smell of lilacs, of the same color, but posted by a woman to her beloved, could mean jealousy, and even an insinuation of infidelity.
The Lilac: In Nature
Lilac is a small plant. Perennial, so it never loses its leaves. In life, and due to its way of reproduction, it can completely cover some shaded areas where it lives better. Its flowers, as we have indicated, are usually purple. They measure about two centimeters in diameter. It is a flower that presents itself with five petals. The plant is not very tall. It is usually between ten and fifteen feet high and fleshy roots.
The Lilac: In Spring
Lilacs bloom in spring, and this also brings us to a much deeper meaning that connects us with the wisdom of natural cycles. When we think of spring, we think of flowers because they are symbolic of it, but this leads us to other important reflections. Spring represents the end of winter, a time of stillness where the land far from being dead is in the process of regeneration that will allow it to bear new fruits in spring and summer.
Lilac: A Flower with Much Symbolism
So what is the meaning of a lilac flower? The flower due to its natural color has an extraordinary meaning. What makes its color violet/purple special is that it is the mixture of masculine and feminine. Thus, the mix of blue, which represents the masculine part, and the red that the feminine represents, confers that unique quality. They have a significant effect on psychology. Its color and beauty are associated with calmness. Psychologists say that performing sessions in an environment with that color, even placing this plant, allows greater relaxation.
The Lilac Throughout History
Lilac is a flower known for centuries. Already the Romans believed that it was a flower of mourning. For that reason, it was one of the funeral flowers. When a Roman citizen wanted to honor a loved one he placed in the tomb or the crypt a bouquet of these flowers reflecting the affection towards the person who lay there.
As for the religions, Christianity also endorsed this flower. It was associated with the image of Maria. One of the first stories of the Christians said that before all lilacs were white, but when Maria saw her son suffer on the cross they changed their color into violet.
Currently, the lilac is not one of the central flowers in bouquets or flower arrangements. In the bouquets of brides, they can be found in their white tonality. Like all white flowers found in these bouquets, lilac means purity and innocence. In its violet tone, the most usual has a cozier meaning. It symbolizes family and marriage. As we mentioned before, the lilacs can give us flowers of different colors and depend on the color you will have one meaning or another:
- White Lilacs: They express purity and chastity, an innocent and idealized love that is just beginning to sprout.
- Pink Lilacs: They symbolize the first love, the process of falling in love and the shyness that accompanies these states when they occur in us for the first time.
- Lilac Mallows and/or Violets: They are understood as a speech of love and a deep commitment to the person to whom these flowers are given.
- Mauve Lilacs: Lilac flowers are predominantly violet or mauve. Therefore, it is important also to establish their meaning based on their color, since this is part of the flower itself.
Lilac is a reasonably simple plant to grow. Its origin is tropical, so we must adapt its environment to this climate. For this, we must bear in mind that it needs a lot of water and humidity as well as a warm temperature. Sunlight should not give directly to the plant although it is necessary for some luminosity for the strengthening of the flower. Lilacs are delicate flowers and have a weakness. It is a flower with a tendency to be attacked easily by some pests. Thus the aphid, the whitefly, and the cochineal find in it a propitious victim. If this happens to you apply an organic pesticide on the earth, never on the plant or the flower.
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