List of plants with 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 rural traditions, some meanings 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


See also[edit]

  • Language of flowers – cryptological communication through the use or arrangement of flowers
  • Hanakotoba, also known as 花言葉 – Japanese form of the language of flowers
  • Floral emblem – flowers that represent specific geographic areas
  • Plants in culture – uses of plants by humans


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