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What is Floriography (Language of Flowers)?


Floriography, as known as language of flowers, is flowers’ meanings and messages by their species, colors and numbers. With this term that has a long history, flowers can use for giving messages and showng emotions and toughts. Language of flowers have not that much importance nowadays.

There are different factors that changes flowers’ meanings. For example, giving a flower in vertical position means positive things but giving a flower upside down maans negative things. The ribbon on the left side of the flower means the giver’s emotions, the ribbon on the right side means a message for the given. If you give a flower with right hand, you mean yes. And if you give a flower with left hand, you mean no.

When we look at the Ottoman History, tulips, which have an important place in the culture of the period, have an important place in the culture of the period. So much so that the "Tulip Era" took its name from tulips. For flowers, a floristry and discovery committee was formed, first of which was called "Ser Şükufeciyan-ı Hassa", and then the Flower Academy was established during the 4th Mehmet period. Again at that time, flowers were used symbolically among the public as well as outside the palace. For example, if there is a girl of marriageable age in a house, a red flower is placed in front of the window, and if there is a sick person in the house, a yellow flower is placed.

Inspired by this culture in the Ottoman Empire, Europeans often took tulips to their countries. During the Victorian Era in Europe, flowers were used as a means of conveying a message.

Some flowers that were popular at that time and today and their meanings…

Mountain tulip denotes abandonment, dahlia grace, red camellia passionate love, white camellia sweetness, pink camellia longing, red carnation admiration, white carnation purity, pink carnation gratitude, yellow carnation rejection, and chrysanthemum express strong friendship.