The Meaning Behind Flower's Names

The etymology and symbolism of 50 flowers (infographic)

The etymology of flowers has survived, shifted, and grown over thousands of years. “Floriography” or ‘the language of flowers’ is known as a cryptological communication through the arrangement or use of flowers that can be seen as you trace through history. Though the term was first introduced in the seventeenth century, the symbolism of flowers was well represented in art, literature, and mythology at an even earlier age.

There is a beautiful correlation between a flower’s physical attributes and the meaning it takes possession of. For instance, the taraxacum – commonly known as a dandelion – comes from the French words “dent de lion”, which literally translates to ‘lion’s tooth’. If you have seen and touched an actual dandelion (which you probably have!), you might be aware of the fact that its leaves are rather coarse, poking out like jagged teeth, yet with its sunny yellow hue and “lion’s mane”, it is said to be a flower of hope and joy.