Botanical Names

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  • Poppy

  • Abelia

  • Acacia

  • Almond

  • Amarantha

    A flower also known as "love lies bleeding"—it was used in the Middle Ages to stem bleeding. The word amaranth comes from the Greek word amarantos, meaning "unwithering". The word was applied to amaranth because it did not soon fade and so symbolized immortality. In ancient Greece, the amaranth was sacred to Artemis.

  • Amaryllis

    The name translates to mean sparkling. In Victorian England, the amaryllis symbolized intense pride and beauty due to its height. The amaryllis is often thought to symbolize success that is achieved after a hard battle and struggle. Amaryllises are often given to individuals for purposes of recognition. In Greek mythology, it is believed that the flower was a shy nymph that fell in love with a shepherd, Alteo who did not return Amaryllis' affection. Amaryllis tried to win the love of Alteo by offering him the most unusual flower on earth. She sought counsel from Delphi, and showed up at Alteo's door for 30 nights dressed in white. Every night, Amaryllis would use a golden arrow to pierce her heart. When Alteo finally opened the door, he saw a vibrant red flower that arose from the blood that poured out of Amaryllis' heart.

  • Angelica

  • Anise

  • Apple

    Apple trees symbolize magic, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple has long been associated with the symbolism of immortality. The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally "the apple land" or "apple island." In Scandinavia, the North-European gods and goddesses were fed an apple every evening by Iduna, the goddess of spring who nurtures an apple orchard in Asgard.

  • Arbor

  • Aspen

  • Aster

  • Azalea

  • Acalypha

  • Agave

  • Alfalfa

  • Aloe

  • Arnica

  • Bamboo

  • Banana

  • Banyan

  • Barley

  • Basil

  • Bay

  • Basil

  • Belladonna

    Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known as Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade. The genus name "atropa" comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name "bella donna" is derived from Italian and means "beautiful woman" because the herb was used in eye-drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive.

  • Calla

  • Camellia

  • Cassia

  • Chilli

  • Cinnamon

  • Citron

  • Clover

  • Cotton

  • Calathea

  • Chicory

  • Chrysantha

  • Comfrey

  • Coriander

  • Daffodil

    Daffodil flowers can have a duel meaning. Like the god Narcissus, these flowers can be an emblem for vanity, and may give a strong message that the recipient requires a change in their demeanor. Conversely, they are seen as a symbol of rebirth.

  • Dahlia

  • Daisy

  • Daru

  • Eglantine

  • Elm

  • Fennel

  • Fennel

  • Fern

  • Flora

  • Forrest

  • Forsythia

  • Freesia

  • Forget-me-not

    The flower symbolism associated with the forget-me-not is true love and memories. In 15th century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. In a medieval legend, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not".

  • Geranium

  • Ginger

  • Ginkgo

  • Ginseng

  • Hazel

  • Heather

  • Henna

  • Holly

    The flower symbolism associated with the holly is defense, domestic happiness and forecast. The Romans decorated their hallways with holly garlands for their mid-winter celebration, Saturnalia.

  • Huckleberry

    The symbolism associated with the huckleberry is faith and simple pleasures. The tiny size of huckleberries led to their frequent use as a way of referring to something small, often in an affectionate way. The phrase "a huckleberry over my persimmon" was used to mean "a bit beyond my abilities". "I'll be your huckleberry" is a way of saying that one is just the right person for a given job.

  • Hyacinth

    The flower symbolism associated with the hyacinth is games, sports, rashness, and playful joy. The name is derived from the Latin form of Greek hyakinthos. Hyacinths are named after Hyacinth, a figure in Greek mythology. This is the name of a youth loved by Apollo who accidentally killed him, after which the hyacinth flower sprouted from his blood.Hyacinths are sometimes associated with rebirth.

  • Heliantha

    Polyheaded Sunflower

  • Ivy

  • Indigo

  • Jasmine

  • Jessamine

  • Juniper

  • Laurel

  • Lavender

    Lavenders are thought to be a symbol of devotion.

  • Leaf

  • Lilac

  • Lily

  • Lotus

  • Mace

  • Magnolia

  • Malus

  • Mango

  • Maple

  • Marigold

  • Millet

  • Mimosa

  • Moss

  • Myrtle

  • Marjoram

    The symbolism associated with marjoram is joy and happiness. Marjoram is a somewhat cold-sensitive under shrub with sweet pine and citrus flavors. It is also called sweet marjoram.

  • Myrica

  • Nori

  • Nettle

  • Oak

  • Olea

  • Orchid

  • Oenothera

  • Peach

  • Peony

    The flower symbolism associated with the peony is happy marriage, compassion and bashfulness.

  • Pepper

  • Pola

  • Parsley

  • Patchouli

  • Perilla

    Perilla is the common name for an herb of the mint family, Lamiaceae.

  • Persica

  • Phlox

  • Poinsettia

    The flower symbolism associated with the poinsettia has an ancient history. The ancient Aztecs considered the poinsettia to be a symbol of purity. Today, poinsettias are the most easily recognized flower symbolic of Christmas. Poinsettias are also known as the "Christmas flower" and "Mexican flame leaf."

  • Pueraria

    Kudzu Vine

  • Pumpkin

  • Rosemary

    The Ancients were well acquainted with the shrub, which had a reputation for strengthening the memory. On this account it became the emblem of fidelity for lovers. According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. The Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. The shrub then became known as the 'Rose of Mary'

  • Ruzena

  • Saffron

  • Sage

  • Salix

  • Salvia

  • Sequoia

  • Sequoyah

  • Sorrel

  • Spruce

  • Strawberry

  • Sylvan

  • Safflower

  • Samphire

    Originally "sampiere", a corruption of the French "Saint Pierre" (Saint Peter), Samphire was named for the patron saint of fishermen because all of the original plants with its name grow in rocky salt-sprayed regions along the sea coast of northern Europe or in its coastal marsh areas.

  • Sarsaparilla

    In Victorian era England, sarsaparilla enjoyed an unprecedented popularity as a "spring tonic", believed to help detoxify the body of poisons and toxins accumulated over the course of the winter. Nowadays, Sarsaparilla is just called root beer.

  • Sassafras

  • Sophora

  • Sunflower

    The flower symbolism associated with sunflowers is adoration. Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun, which is the origin of their common name. Sunflowers belong to the genus helianthus, a reference to Helios, the sun god.

  • Tamarack

  • Tansy

    Symbolically, the tansy plant is said to be an emblem for protection against adversity; it is also said to represent health and endurance.

  • Tarragon

  • Tea

  • Thalia

  • Thorn

  • Tulip

  • Tamarisk

    In Egyptian Mythology, the body of Osiris is hidden for a time in a tamarisk tree in Byblos, until it was retrieved by Isis.

  • Verbena

  • Viola

  • Violet

  • Valerian

  • Willow

    In the East, especially in China and Japan, its long and flowing leaves point towards the willow tree as a symbol of spring and feminine beauty. According to Taoist myth, the tree represents strength because its pliability in strong winds. However in the Western world, it has much more pessimistic associations. The weeping willow is connected to death and mourning and has a place in funerary art.

  • Wisteria

  • Woad

  • Xerantha

  • Yarrow

  • Zinnia