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.

Plant Meaning Region or culture
Asparagus foliage Fascination Europe
Bamboo Longevity, strength, and grace China
Green willow False love Britain
Mistletoe Used to signify a meeting place where no violence could take place Druids

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  2. ^ Thomas, Vivian and Fair lots, Nicki, Shakespeare's Plants and Gardens: A Dictionary (Arden Shakespeare Dictionaries), Bloomsbury Academic (London) 2014, p. 85
  3. ^ "Foxglove Symbolism and the Meaning of Foxgloves in the Language of Flowers". 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  4. ^ Candace Hunter (2010-06-20). "Nettle Myth, Folklore, History, and Magic". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  5. ^ "The Scottish Thistle - Why It's The Perfect National Flower". 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-04-22.