By JAMIE PARSELL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Cupid knows bows and arrows, but does he know flowers? There is more to a flower than just a pretty petal, especially on Valentine’s Day. And while roses may be the flower of choice for Feb. 14, other flowers are just as significant when it comes to expressing thoughts, desires and of course, love.
Different colors of tulips carry very distinct meanings. A single red tulip means perfect love, while a yellow means cheerfulness. By the 17th century, tulips were so popular they caused the markets to crash and resulted in tulip mania. A bouquet of tulips presents grace and elegance. A single tulip with a black velvet center is said to present a lover’s heart filled with passion.
Did you know a Stargazer lily represents wealth and prosperity? Lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete and have long held reign in ancient mythology. The flower has become popular in arrangements and weddings, despite its association with departed souls.
This flower is in the center of a debate. Scholars differ on the origin of its name. The flower dates back 2,000 years and is full of symbolism and mythology. Purple carnations imply capriciousness. Light red means admiration, but white symbolizes pure love. Dark red represents deep love and affection. However, pink is the most significant. The myth is that the pink hue first appeared on earth after the Virgin Mary wept — a symbol of a mother’s undying love.
Elaine Jessee, owner of the Brown Sack Florist in Bluewell, said this flower is always popular with females. The bright flower means innocence, purity and cheerfulness. According to www.proflowers.com, the Gerbera daisy is the fifth most popular flower in the world. The daisy was discovered in 1884 in South Africa.
Who really knows the true meaning of this flower? Legends about secret loves and innocence surround the simple flower. Maidens wove the flower in their hair; others gave a daisy when telling a secret. And of course, hopeful young women played the game “He loves me, He loves me not” with daisies. In all cultures, the daisy is an innocent flower, void of any sin.
The trademark flower for Valentine’s Day represents love and passion. The Ancient Greeks and Romans associated Venus and Aphrodite, the goddesses of love, with the flower. However, roses hold a mysterious secret. The flowers also represent confidentiality or to convey a message without words. And like most flowers, color dictates meaning. Cupid’s top picks are red, which means enduring passion and surprisingly, purple, which represents love at first sight.