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


By: Annette

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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 _______.

Did you know that aloe is synonymous with healing? It's also associated with protection and affection.


What does chamomile stand for?

It makes sense that chamomile stands for patience. When you drink chamomile tea, it makes you feel so incredibly calm!


And what about forget-me-nots?

Forget-me-nots are tied to true love memories. That makes them the perfect flower for any wedding or anniversary.


What does ivy stand for?

Ivy is the symbol of friendship. It also stands for continuity. Makes sense in terms of the "Ivy League."


Lavender is a symbol of ______.

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


What about lilac?

Lilac is a symbol for the joy of youth. What a beautiful way to remember happy times.


What does magnolia stand for?

Magnolia symbolizes the love of nature. For sure, every nature lover needs a little magnolia to stare at each day. Plant it now.


What does mint symbolize?

Did you know that mint is a symbol for virtue? There is definitely something clean and chaste about it.


And what about the red rose?

Okay, this was an easy one. The symbolism of the red rose is famous throughout the world. The red rose means "I love you."


And what does the pink rose stand for?

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.


The white rose, on the other hand, stands for ________.

The white rose stands for a lot of things. It's all about purity, heavenliness, and being worthy of someone else.


Lastly, the yellow rose stands for _______.

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


What does rosemary stand for?

Fans of Shakespeare will know that rosemary stands for remembrance. Ophelia famously says so in the play "Hamlet."


And what does rue stand for?

Rue stands for grace and clear vision. Here we have another shrub that Ophelia spoke of before drowning in the river.


What does sweet pea stand for?

Did you know that sweet pea stands for pleasures? Maybe a sprig of it in a bedroom bouquet? (Scandalous.)


What does the red tulip stand for?

The red tulip is a symbol for the declaration of love. Time to get a bunch of those for your new sweetheart.


And what about willow?

Willow is the symbol for sadness. You need only take one glance at a weeping willow to get that.


What is the meaning of amaryllis?

Amaryllis stands for pride. That's a good one to plant when your child graduates from high school or college!


What does basil stand for?

Did you know that basil is the symbol for good wishes? Think of that the next time you eat a Caprese salad.


What does the carnation stand for?

The carnation stands for both women and love. What a wonderful choice for Mother's Day.


What does the yellow carnation stand for?

Oh no! Remember the yellow rose? The yellow carnation isn't any better. It stands for disappointment and rejection.


What does the daisy symbolize?

The daisy symbolizes innocence and hope. This is a wonderful choice for a baby's nursery room.


What is the meaning of edelweiss?

Edelweiss stands for courage and devotion. Anyone who has seen "The Sound of Music" knows that.


What about heliotrope?

Heliotrope is the symbol for eternal love. Better have that one around for your next anniversary.


What does hyacinth stand for?

Hyacinth actually stands for games and sport, as well as playfulness. Blue hyacinth stands for the constancy of love.


And what about purple hyacinth?

Purple hyacinth is a melancholy flower. It stands for sorrow, regret and forgiveness.


Yellow hyacinth?

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


What does lemon balm symbolize?

Lemon balm is the symbol for sympathy. It makes a good aromatherapy gift.


What does lily-of-the-valley stand for?

Lily-of-the-valley is the symbol for sweetness. Just the name alone is incredibly sweet.


What is the meaning of lotus flower?

If you practice yoga, you know that the lotus flower stands for enlightenment. It also stands for purity, self-regeneration and rebirth.


What does oak stand for?

Oak is the symbol for strength. When we think of oak, we think of something solid, majestic and timeless.


What does the rhododendron stand for?

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


What does sage stand for?

Sage is the symbol for wisdom and immortality. Makes sense, in terms of giving "sage advice."


And what about sunflower?

The sunflower is the symbol for adoration. Think of that the next time you buy a bunch of them at Trader Joe's.


What about pansy?

Pansy is the symbol for thoughts. Again, Ophelia taught us this when she was speaking to Queen Gertrude.


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