Plant symbolism

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Various folk cultures and traditions assign symbolic meanings to plants. Although these are no longer commonly understood by populations that are increasingly divorced from their old rural traditions, some survive. In addition, these meanings are alluded to in older pictures, songs and writings. New symbols have also arisen: one of the most known in the United Kingdom is the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance of the fallen in war and some display white poppies, also for remembrance and to show opposition to warfare.

In no way should the following be assumed to a guide to plant usage and none should be taken without medical advice.

Plant Meaning Region or culture
Bamboo longevity, strength, and grace China
Green willow false love Britain
Jasmine love Hinduism
Lily purity, chastity, and innocence Western Europe
Mistletoe used to signify a meeting place where no violence could take place Druids



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