Created By: Clevomon on September 29, 2012

Useful Notes: Language of Flowers

Elaboration on some of the more common uses of specific species of flowers for symbolic purposes

Name Space:
Page Type:
I'm just starting this page, and I'm going to edit it as people make suggestions, but first I want to know if people think that such a page would be helpful. Flower motifs doesn't cover it, saying that it's rare for it to be used, but I know I've seen it in at least a few works and would like to have a page that delved into the topic in a bit more detail, rather than the fragments that I'm currently gathering from random websites. So does anyone consider this either potentially helpful or unnecessary?
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • October 1, 2012
    Wikipedia has both the English and Japanese flower languages in a pretty decent article, it could be useful as a subpage for meaningful names at least since those are fairly common in either language. I think that because the average person doesn't really have a working knowledge of this topic its not used as often as it could be. It sounds good though...
  • October 1, 2012
    Keep it focused on how it's used in fictional media and I think it will be good.

    The most common uses are red roses for love, and yellow roses for friendship.
  • October 2, 2012
    • One of the Golgo 13 movies had a bit on flower language to reveal the real motive behind a character's death.
  • October 2, 2012
    I think this would be a good page. It should indeed be focused on fiction. I believe Glee had another meta example with Kurt giving a mixed red-yellow rosed bouquet to a friend/love-interest, which was really a fridge brilliance use of flower language. Question is: could you find enough fiction examples?
  • October 2, 2012
    Heartcatch Precure has Flower Language as a running theme- The people used to create the Monster Of The Week were represented by flowers related to their personality in Flower Language.
  • October 2, 2012
    Red roses being used for love, and yellow roses for friendship is mentioned in Flower Motifs. I don't understand how this would differ from that.
  • October 3, 2012
    I have dabbled in flower language and have often seen that for less famous flowers, the same ones often have contradictory meanings depending on the source, while others have overlapping meanings, etc...
  • October 3, 2012
    I love this idea! Yes, it would be very helpful, particularly to understanding/writing fiction. I've seen stuff on this and there's a lot to know.
  • October 26, 2012
    lilies for death.
  • October 26, 2012
    I don't see why not, Flower Motif it's a trope, and this would be a useful note, that would actually be useful, altough i wouldn't trust Wikipedia article as source, especially for the japanese one, there are lots of books (they're really old, so you can find them easily online) with the meaning, origin etc. I would specially recomend the book "The Artistic Language of Flowers" and also there's one written by Carolina Spellman, really complete info there, but I think it's only published in spanish