Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 11: Blue Violet

In the language of flowers, the Blue Violet conveys the sentiment of “Faithfulness.” Native to the northeastern United States, both the flowers and the leaves of Viola sororia are edible. The Cherokee used the plant as a remedy for colds and headache. … Continue reading

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March 10: King Cups

I had never heard of today’s flower called by the name King Cups. It conveys, in the language of flowers, “Brilliancy. Desire of riches.” Caltha palustris also goes by the monikers Marsh Marigold, Publicans Cloak, Water Dragon, and Crazy Betsy. The … Continue reading

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March 9: Anemone

In the language of flowers, the Anemone stands for the sentiments “Forsaken. Refusal. Abandonment.”   In Greek, the word anemone means “daughter of the wind”, from Anemos, the Wind God. Ovid wrote, in his Metamorphoses, that the windflower was created by the … Continue reading

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March 8: Olive

The ancient Olive is the flower of the day, conveying the message of “Peace” in the language of flowers. The Oliaceae family also includes Lilac, Jasmine, and Forsythia. In the 1990s, olive oil was the most adulterated agricultural product in the European … Continue reading

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March 7: Hyacinth

In the language of flowers, today’s bloom signifies “Faith. Games and sports.” Purple Hyacinth conveys the message, “I am sorry. Please forgive me. Sorrow.” The Yellow Hyacinth signifies “Jealousy.” And White Hyacinths evoke “Loveliness. I will pray for you.”

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March 6: Dog’s Bane

“Deceit.” The message conveyed by today’s flower is a harsh one.     Apocynum cannabinum also goes by the name Indian Hemp. It is poisonous to dogs; hence, the old moniker Dog’s Bane. The women of some Southwest tribes rolled the … Continue reading

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March 5: Holly

The flower of the day is Holly, which conveys the meaning of “Foresight.” Found throughout the world, Holly–Ilex— is the only living genus in the family Aquifoliaceae. According to Wikipedia, “The phylogeography of this group provides examples of various speciation mechanisms … Continue reading

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March 4: Rose Geranium

Today’s flower is the Rose Geranium, which is actually not a geranium at all, but of the species Pelargonium. Its meaning in the language of flowers is “Preference. ” The Rose-scented Geranium, P. graveolens, is not your run-of-the-mill window box Pelargonium. Scents … Continue reading

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March 3: Red Pink

Today’s old-fashioned flower name might have you puzzled. Red Pink? Dianthus is also known as the Clove Pink or Carnation. And in the language of flowers, a deep red colored Carnation signifies “Pure and ardent love.” A light red Pink, … Continue reading

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March 2: Thorns

An unusual choice for today’s plant: Thorns. In the language of flowers, the Thorn conveys the expression of Sincerity. Unless, that is, the communicare flora contains a Branch of Thorns. In that case, the sentiment being expressed is Severity. And, if the … Continue reading

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