Purple is a relatively rare color until the late Middle Ages. This means the flowers are characterized by a wealth of red and blue treasures, and combined with a great deal of meaning, regardless of culture. If you plan to use purple as the color of the wedding or want to perfect the arrangement as a gift, look further at the symbolic meaning of these eight popular flowers in your favorite colors.
Purple Lotus Flower
The Lotus flower has been a potent religious symbol in Eastern cultures for centuries. While other colors represent the Buddha himself or important tenets of that faith, the purple variety is tied to mysticism and inner journeys. It’s the perfect flower for encouraging someone’s creativity. Of course, it’s still tied to the eight fold path to enlightenment because of its eight petals.
There are dozens of true and false lilies with purple petals, but they all share some basic meanings. Lilies were a symbol of royalty, as seen with the lily-inspired fleur de lis symbol. Purple was also a color restricted only to the royal families for many centuries due to the rarity of the dye. Put the two meanings together and the lily is the perfect symbol of grace, royal bearing, and dignity.
There are light lavender and mainly pink roses, but deep purple flowers come only from the use of dyes. These colored roses are used to celebrate 25 years of marriage anniversary couples. A lighter, more natural variety of purple roses symbolizes calmness, achievement, and life dreams.
You can sniff a lavender scented candle to calm yourself, so it’s no wonder that Victorian language of flowers experts considered this plant a symbol of calmness and dignity. The light purple blossoms are perfect for inspiring serenity, whether you’re giving the gift of a fresh bundle of sprigs or dried buds for using in tea and baked goods.
Aside from making a tasty herbal tea that is refreshing in the summer, the purple hibiscus flower comes with an air of mystery and delicate beauty. Also known as the Rose of Sharon, the short lived blossoms represent the fleeting nature of love and life. Try adding a few to a bouquet for a student to inspire them to learn even more.
Do you ever enjoy dishes flavored with the delicate taste of saffron? That rare yellow spice comes from the luminous purple flowers known as crocuses. As one of the first flowers to emerge in spring, it’s a symbol of rebirth and rising again from the ashes of failure. Add a few to your yard to inspire yourself after a long and dreary winter without color.
Violets and Violas
Some of the most common spots of purple you’ll spot along the roadside or in the lawn include the violets and violas. All the varieties of these plants range from white to dark purple, and they’re inspiring symbols of rising above challenges. Violets thrive in the toughest conditions and bring dignity and power to humble places.
Finally, do not forget the small daisy. What is so cheerful bouquet of pink, yellow, purple daisies mixed together with the news of happiness and exhilarating power. If a friend is experiencing a tough day, even a single purple chrysanthemum sends a clear sign that you are thinking of someone.