Did you know FLORIOGRAPHY is an old "language of flowers," in which people would send messages of affection, desire, or disdain to others by delivering specific flower arrangements? This "language" became particularly popular and complex in England and the USA in Victorian times, and is often called Victorian floriography. Entire books have been published on the subtle nuances of the meanings of various flower combinations.
This form of expression was especially popular in the 19th century because strict social norms did not allow open expression of such feelings. Mostly forgotten for many decades, floriography is making a comeback. For example, for the funeral of his mother, the late queen, King Charles carefully selected an arrangement for a wreath, which included myrtle for love and prosperity, along with English oak to represent strength.
According to traditional floriography books, sweet pea flowers are given in gratitude, specifically meaning "Thank you for a wonderful time." Giving zinnias is an expression of everlasting friendship.
But not all plants carry a positive message. Giving someone buttercups is a way to tell them they are being childish.
We're all familiar with basil in cooking, right? Well, basil was traditionally a symbol of hatred. This goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks, who thought the plant's leaves resembled a basilisk's opening jaws. Who knew such a hateful herb could taste so good on pizza?
If you give someone a bundle of basil, you might want to make sure they aren't knowledgable about floriography.
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