Plants, Flowers and Meaning: Do You Know What These Plants Symbolize?

By: Annette

Plants, Flowers and Meaning: Do You Know What These Plants Symbolize?
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About This Quiz

Blossoms and blooms. Of course things that are so beautiful are steeped in meaning. But this quiz is going to challenge your budding mind! We all need to know what flowers and plants stand for these days, because they're perfect for decoration and transformation!

We've all thought about the best flowers to plant in our gardens, to use at our weddings, to give as gifts, and to offer for consolation and sympathy. Knowing the history and meaning behind these plants will help us to share them properly and respectfully, while also strategically placing them in our homes to feel better throughout the day, and also to bring positive energy into our lives.

The folk meaning of plants will never be forgotten. "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts," said Ophelia to her brother Laertes. "There's fennel for you, and columbines. There's rue for you, and here's some for me; we may call it herb of grace o' Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference. There's a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died."

No one understood the meaning of plants and flowers better than Shakespeare. That is, until THIS DAY. You, dear quiz taker, are about to elevate your mind to the level of Shakespeare's when you take this quiz. (That was a little fennel for flattery.)

Aloe is a symbol of _______.
Transformation
Courage
Healing
Did you know that aloe is synonymous with healing? It's also associated with protection and affection.

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What does chamomile stand for?
Patience
It makes sense that chamomile stands for patience. When you drink chamomile tea, it makes you feel so incredibly calm!
Energy
Virginity

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And what about forget-me-nots?
True love memories
Forget-me-nots are tied to true love memories. That makes them the perfect flower for any wedding or anniversary.
Melancholy
New beginnings

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What does ivy stand for?
Persistence
Friendship
Ivy is the symbol of friendship. It also stands for continuity. Makes sense in terms of the "Ivy League."
Envy

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Lavender is a symbol of ______.
Devotion
Virtue
Both
Lavender is a symbol of both devotion and virtue. Might be a good idea to smell of lavender on your wedding day. Just saying.

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What about lilac?
Ingenuity
Competition
Joy of youth
Lilac is a symbol for the joy of youth. What a beautiful way to remember happy times.

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What does magnolia stand for?
Dreams
Faith
Love of nature
Magnolia symbolizes the love of nature. For sure, every nature lover needs a little magnolia to stare at each day. Plant it now.

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What does mint symbolize?
Energy
Virtue
Did you know that mint is a symbol for virtue? There is definitely something clean and chaste about it.
Meekness

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And what about the red rose?
Love
Desire
Both
Okay, this was an easy one. The symbolism of the red rose is famous throughout the world. The red rose means "I love you."

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And what does the pink rose stand for?
Happiness
Quite simply, the pink rose is a symbol of happiness. It's hard not to be happy when you see a vase full of them on your kitchen table.
Meekness
Adolescence

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The white rose, on the other hand, stands for ________.
Purity
Heavenliness
Worrhiness
All of the above
The white rose stands for a lot of things. It's all about purity, heavenliness, and being worthy of someone else.

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Lastly, the yellow rose stands for _______.
Wit
Bashfullness
Jealousy
Oh no, a negative rose! The yellow rose is a bit different from the others, and it stands for jealousy and decrease of love.

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What does rosemary stand for?
Calumny
Ingenuity
Remembrance
Fans of Shakespeare will know that rosemary stands for remembrance. Ophelia famously says so in the play "Hamlet."

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And what does rue stand for?
Grace
Clear vision
Both
Rue stands for grace and clear vision. Here we have another shrub that Ophelia spoke of before drowning in the river.

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What does sweet pea stand for?
Culinary prowess
Pleasures
Did you know that sweet pea stands for pleasures? Maybe a sprig of it in a bedroom bouquet? (Scandalous.)
Insight

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What does the red tulip stand for?
Industry
Declaration of love
The red tulip is a symbol for the declaration of love. Time to get a bunch of those for your new sweetheart.
Financial prosperity

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And what about willow?
Cheerfulness
Sadness
Willow is the symbol for sadness. You need only take one glance at a weeping willow to get that.
Wealth

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What is the meaning of amaryllis?
Pride
Amaryllis stands for pride. That's a good one to plant when your child graduates from high school or college!
Clarity
Purity

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What does basil stand for?
Sauciness
Spontaneity
Good wishes
Did you know that basil is the symbol for good wishes? Think of that the next time you eat a Caprese salad.

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What does the carnation stand for?
Women
Love
Both
The carnation stands for both women and love. What a wonderful choice for Mother's Day.

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What does the yellow carnation stand for?
Disappointment
Oh no! Remember the yellow rose? The yellow carnation isn't any better. It stands for disappointment and rejection.
Stimulation
Revelation

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What does the daisy symbolize?
Recuperation
Innocence
The daisy symbolizes innocence and hope. This is a wonderful choice for a baby's nursery room.
Timelines

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What is the meaning of edelweiss?
Courage
Edelweiss stands for courage and devotion. Anyone who has seen "The Sound of Music" knows that.
Peace
Serenity

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What about heliotrope?
Sadness
Eternal love
Heliotrope is the symbol for eternal love. Better have that one around for your next anniversary.
Cleanliness

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What does hyacinth stand for?
Sport
Hyacinth actually stands for games and sport, as well as playfulness. Blue hyacinth stands for the constancy of love.
Grace
Tranquility

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And what about purple hyacinth?
Sorrow
Forgiveness
Regret
All of the above
Purple hyacinth is a melancholy flower. It stands for sorrow, regret and forgiveness.

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Yellow hyacinth?
Joy
Gaiety
Jealousy
If this quiz has taught you anything, it's that yellow flowers are bad luck! Yellow hyacinth stands for jealousy.

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What does lemon balm symbolize?
Sympathy
Lemon balm is the symbol for sympathy. It makes a good aromatherapy gift.
Courage
Pomposity

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What does lily-of-the-valley stand for?
Pride
Sweetness
Lily-of-the-valley is the symbol for sweetness. Just the name alone is incredibly sweet.
Come-uppance

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What is the meaning of lotus flower?
Patience
Foresight
Enlightenment
If you practice yoga, you know that the lotus flower stands for enlightenment. It also stands for purity, self-regeneration and rebirth.

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What does oak stand for?
New beginnings
Youth
Strength
Oak is the symbol for strength. When we think of oak, we think of something solid, majestic and timeless.

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What does the rhododendron stand for?
Serenity
Danger
Oh no! Did you know that the rhododendron stands for danger? Such a pity, because it's so beautiful.
Mysticism

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What does sage stand for?
Wisdom
Immortality
Both
Sage is the symbol for wisdom and immortality. Makes sense, in terms of giving "sage advice."

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And what about sunflower?
Adoration
The sunflower is the symbol for adoration. Think of that the next time you buy a bunch of them at Trader Joe's.
Constancy
Flippancy

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What about pansy?
Thoughts
Pansy is the symbol for thoughts. Again, Ophelia taught us this when she was speaking to Queen Gertrude.
Truth
Sleep

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