Monday, 21 January 2008


For some reason last night I found myself looking up the Language of Flowers, specifically the Victorian Era, which is the idea that flowers convey a special meaning which was used by lovers.

The site linked above contains the meanings from five different books so you can see how they have changed.

Some of the stranger ones include:
  • Nightshade, which most would recognise as a poisonous plant, can mean "truth" or "bitter truth", my first thought would be a "Nightshade for truthers" thing, because of what they need to accept

  • Adonis Vernalis apparently means 'bitter memories", would that be a flower for breaking up?

  • The African Marigold means "vulgar minded", somewhat ironic considering that 'marigold' comes from stories relating to the Virgin Mary. Maybe it says something about her?

  • Kalmia latifolia means "victory", perfect for a certain JREF thread...

I can't think of any more examples. But it is a rather peculiar thing though.

If you can think up other examples, don't hesitate to say something.

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