Flower Mythology

June 14, 2011

Poppy

Flower mythology is very interesting and powerful. Hearing these stories growing up, I was always impressed by how symbolic and loved flowers were. I think that’s part of the reason why I love them so much, they have depth and meaning and a story. Here are some of my favorite flower mythologies.

Poppy: This flower was sacred to the goddess Demeter as it was the flower she created out of her grief for the early death of her love Mekon. I have also heard versions of the tale where Demeter turned Mekon into the Poppy. This flower always makes me think of romance and unfulfilled love.

Iris: The flowers name was given to it by the Greeks who named it after the goddess of the rainbow. So lovely.

Daffodil: The goddess Persephone was collecting flowers with her nymph maidens when she was lured by beautiful golden daffodil (or narcissus) as she went to pick them, she was abducted by Hades and taken with him to the underworld where she was forced to live half of the year. Persephone is also most associated with springtime.

Gallic Rose: This rose is said to be given it’s color from the blood of the dying Adonis.

I love picking a bouquet and thinking about what gods might be represented there. Do you have any favorite flower myths? Feel free to share them!

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