Human nature and flowers
There is a very special relationship between humans and flowers. Humans have always been attracted to flowers and have put physical effort into growing flowers for their aesthetic qualities. Flowers were historically used by people to communicate strong declarations of emotions. Stone drawings of flowers were once found in ancient Egyptian graves about 120,000 years ago. It is believed that ancient cultures could appease the spirits of their ancestors by decorating their tombs with a particular type of flower. Eventually, flowers played an important role in festivals during the Roman period and in China, about 2,000 years ago. Traces of the relevance of flowers could also be found in religious texts, folk tales and myths. Some types of flowers are used as food, others have healing properties and are used as medicine.
Since then, flowers have been and are generally used as a gesture to express love, kindness and even condolences. The most important function that flowers have is their power to convey profound human emotions and thoughts. Because of the intensity of feelings, they are sometimes better expressed by flowers. Aside from conveying messages, flowers also affect moods and influence emotions. Behavioral studies have concluded that the presence of colorful flowers heightens feelings of life satisfaction, triggers happy emotions and memories and influences social behavior in a positive manner. In addition, the healing properties of flowers have also been proven by scientific research. In fact, aromatherapy, known as a complementary therapy that makes use of essential oils as its major therapeutic agent to treat several diseases, makes use of essential oils. Essential oils play a relevant role in aromatherapy, because of therapeutic, cosmetic, aromatic, fragrant and even spiritual uses. In terms of aromatherapy, knowing your favorite flower also helps in finding an essential oil that suits a person.
Today, flowers have interestingly been associated with personality traits. Individual traits and characteristics are those that make each person unique. Personal tastes give insights of who people are; they serve as an image of how individuals are remembered. The things each person admires are also a reflection of the internal character of that person.
Indeed, flowers have played and will always play a significant role all throughout human history. They are living or tangible proof that someone cares. From birthdays to funerals, flowers will always occupy a special place in celebrations and rituals.
Flower personality types
Below is a list of flower personality types. Among these, if there is a flower that you are most attracted to, it simply means that it may hold the key to your hidden personality. As much as each one has a unique personality, flowers can also reflect your floral personality type
Baby’s Breath: Young at Heart
Baby’s Breath is a bushy plant bearing dainty small flowers on long slender stems. It is native to Central and Eastern Europe. This flower can be associated with a person who is young at heart. Fairy tales and everlasting love are things believed in by this person. It stands for a cheerful and happy personality.
Carnations are flowers that bloom in a branched or forked cluster. Their leaves are narrow and their colors vary from green to grey-blue or purple. This flower can be associated with genuine and down-to-earth people. They can be very reserved, they prefer to be real and practical. Red carnations represent love, pride and admiration, while pink carnations symbolise the love of a woman or mother. Purple carnations represent capriciousness, whereas white carnations symbolise innocence and pure love.
Daffodil flowers have a trumpet-shaped structure against a star-shaped background. The trumpet is usually has contrasting color from the background. Those associated with daffodils are exceptionally artistic people who are calm, cool and get things done all the time while enjoying the process. Daffodils symbolise regard for people, thereby putting friends and family first.
Daisies: Full of Energy
Daisies are composed of white petals with a yellow center, although these can sometimes have a pink or rose color. In general, daisies represent innocence, hope and purity. Gerbera daisies, in particular, signify cheerfulness. Those associated with daisies are people full of optimism and energy, who always love to smile, usually infecting others with warmth. Known as the life of the party, these individuals value friends and are loyal too. They always know what to say to make people smile.
Gardenias are fragrant, creamy-white flowers with glossy, dark-green leaves and a leathery texture. People associated with this flower are outgoing, unique and mysterious people who love to explore and discover new things.
Geranium: Fun & Laughter
Geraniums are herbaceous to wood, with thick fleshy leaves varying in shapes and with shades of pink to deep red and violet. Those associated with this flower enjoy life to the fullest and are full of laughter. They don’t take themselves too seriously and are never afraid to look silly from time to time.
Jasmine is a sweet smelling plant that is renowned for its ornamental beauty and distinctive fragrance. Jasmines are commonly associated with love, good luck and purity, which is why this is another type of flower seen in wedding ceremonies as gifts between mothers and daughters. People associated with this flower are the innocent types who strive to avoid vices and bad influences.
Irises: Loves Experience
Irises are perennial plants with long flowering stems that are simple or branched, solid or hollow and flattened or with a circular cross-section. Those associated with this plant have a wild imagination and love experiencing new things such as bungee jumping. At the same time, they enjoy meditation and self-reflection.
People associated with lavender show a very relaxed personality and prefer to live a life that is free from stress and worry. However, he or she does possess the capability of overcoming tough obstacles.
Lilacs symbolise youthful innocence but can also embody different meanings, depending on their colour. Purple lilacs signify first love, while white lilacs symbolise humility and innocence. People who associate with lilacs are usually overly nostalgic and love a good ol’ trip down memory lane.
Lilies: Loving and Kind
Lilies are perennial plants with leafy stems, scaly bulbs, usually narrow leaves and solitary or clustered flowers. People associated with lilies tend to have a loving, motherly and kind touch. In general, lilies symbolise purity and refined beauty. Thus, these people know how to stand out in the crowd. White lilies symbolise modesty, yellow lilies represent cheerfulness and orange lilies symbolise passion. Calla lilies symbolise magnificence, beauty, purity and innocence, which is why they are most popularly used as wedding bouquets.
Orchids: Classy and Sophisticated
Orchids are considered to be the most highly evolved of all flowering plants. They have both the male and female reproductive structures fused into a single structure commonly called a “column”. A person associated with this flower is classy and sophisticated, embodying a mysterious aura. A tight circle of close friends is preferred. Orchids symbolise exotic beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness and charm. They also symbolise femininity.
Peonies: Full of Surprises
The herbaceous peonies are perennials with large, glossy, much-divided leaves, borne on annual stems produced by fleshy rootstocks. People associated with this flower are positive and full of surprises, with a great heart as well. They are good listeners and are enjoyable to talk to. Peonies have meanings that include compassion, a prosperous life, good health and a happy marriage. This is why those associated with this flower always look ahead towards a bright future.
Poppies: Fun and Vibrant
Poppies are short-lived perennial plants that can be over a metre tall with flowers up to 15 centimetres across. Red poppies symbolise consolation while yellow poppies signify wealth and success. Its petals are crumpled in the bud and as blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away. People associated with this flower are fun, vibrant, expressive and creative, and tend to draw people to listen to their stories.
Roses: Timeless Classic
Roses are woody perennial flowering plants. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing, or trailing, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Red roses symbolise love and desire, while dark red roses are a symbol of unconscious beauty. Pink roses reflect grace, happiness and gentleness; white roses symbolise purity, innocence, reverence and silence; yellow roses embody new beginnings, joy and friendship; orange roses symbolise desire and enthusiasm; whereas coral roses symbolise friendship, modesty and empathy. Lavender roses represent love at first sight. People associated with this flower are classic, timeless, passionate and romantic. Relationships form their core essence and therefore, they are led by the heart.
Sunflowers are herbaceous plants, grown for its seeds. They have thick, hairy, erect stems, which gives rise to a large flower head. People associated with this flower are happy and cheerful, who always make sure to light the room up. Sunflowers signify adoration as well as dedicated love and the purest of thoughts.
Tulips: Thoughtful and Confident
Tulips are flowers that are usually large and bright-coloured, generally red, pink, yellow or white. In general, tulips symbolise perfect or true love and fame. Red tulips are considered a declaration of love, while yellow tulips mean “sunshine in your smile.” Purple tulips symbolise royalty, white tulips symbolise worthiness and forgiveness and variegated tulips represent beautiful eyes. People associated with this flower are thoughtful, confident and very loving to friends and family. Even strangers find them sunny and warm because of their great personality.
Violets: Quiet But Loyal
Violets have heart-shaped leaves and are known to be asymmetrical flowers. They have a wide array of colors such as blue, yellow, white and cream. People associated with this flower are quiet and reserved, yet very witty and prefer to keep things private. Yet, they are the most loyal and best friends that one can ever ask for.
Zinnias are a genus of plants within the daisy family. They are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. Interestingly, they are unique and colourful flowers that symbolise thoughts of absent friends. People associated with this flower feel intense passion.