The Language of Flowers in the East & West

Posted by Amanda Mailer & Shengfei Zhu on May 03, 2013

As Mother's Day nears, we contemplate how best to thank our mothers. Flowers can seem too ubiquitous to be thoughtful, though this is only true for those who do not know the language of flowers.

In the Victorian era, flowers were used to send tacit messages from giver to recipient. They also held a similar significance in the East, often used in poetry and art to symbolize virtues and well wishes.

In this article we take a look at eight popular flowers and the messages they carry in the both Western and Eastern floriography.