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A Speech Unspoken: The Language of Flowers
As written by Tesseitre Carhiesel Illistim

The art of expressing emotion through symbolic flower gifts stems from the forest-sheltered society of Ta'Ardenai, but many of the other races of Elanith have adopted the custom. Floral symbolism extends far beyond the forests of Ta'Ardenai, these days; it stretches from the depths of the Southron Wastes to the icelands of Pinefar, from the volcanoes of Teras to the distant spires of Ta'Loenthra. Servants of Imaera, Kuon, and Aeia cultivate beautiful gardens throughout the continent that are complex with symbolic meaning as well as rich with medicinal value.

After years of travel and study, I have compiled my findings on the matter and I present them here. I do caution my readers to remember that I have examined this matter in great detail; many suitors may be unaware of an inadvertent symbolic message. Often, a flower is given for nothing save beauty.

Follow the flower link for lore about each specific flower:

Alyssum
worth beyond beauty, or insanity
Amaranth
immortality, or everlasting love
Anemone
expectation
Angelica
inspiration
Aster
joy in variety, or depth of spirit
Begonia
gaudiness, or elegance
Blaestonberry
childhood, or innocence
Bleeding Heart
heartbreak and longing
Bluebell
constancy
Bougainvillea
playfulness
Bur-clover
blindness
Burdock
touch me not
Buttercup
material or spiritual riches
Butterflyweed
"Let me go free"
Cactus
warmth of feeling
Calamintha
shyness
Carnation (red)
love
Carnation (white)
purity
Carnation (pink)
pride
Carnation (yellow)
disdain
Chicory
frugality
Cinquefoil
beloved child or perversion
Clematis
artifice and vanity
Clover
industriousness
Columbine (common)
folly and desertion
Columbine (purple)
resolution and determination
Columbine (red)
anxiety
Cothinar
wishes and dreams
Crocus
cheerfulness
Daffodil
respect and chivalry
Daisy
innocence
Dandelion
coquetry, or spirituality
Delphinuris
peace in adversity
Dragonstalk
ferocity, or Ta'Vaalor
Dryad
solitude
Edelweiss
longing
Fennel
strength
Feverfew
delay
Flamestalk
pleasant memories
Foxglove
insincerity and danger
Freesia
calm
Gardenia
purity
Geranium (pink)
"I prefer you"
Geranium (white)
true friendship
Geranium (bright red)
"I request a meeting"
Geranium (deep red)
melancholy
Goldenrod
encouragement
Gorse
anger
Heather
untameable
Hellebore
scandal, and the Arkati Luukos
Honeysuckle
devoted love
Hostas
vitality
Hydrangea
heartlessness
Imaera's Lace
wonder, and the Arkati Imaera
Iceblossom
truth
Iris
"Believe me"
Jasmine
amiability
Lady's Slipper
"I submit to your whim"
Larkspur
fickleness
Lavender
mistrust
Lilac
first emotion of love
Lily (snow)
gratitude
Lily (stargazer)
high breeding
Mezereon
flirtatiousness
Monkeyflower
laughter
Moonflower
forgetfulness
Morning Glory
vainglory
Mournbloom
grief and mourning
Nightshade
sorcery
Orchid
beauty
Pansy
thought
Pansy (snow)
"Think of me"
Pea
an appointed meeting
Pennyroyal
"Flee me"
Peony
bashfulness
Petunia
"I am not proud"
Phlox
unity
Primrose
early youth
Primrose (fairy)
enchantment
Queen's Lace
"Do not command me"
Rose
love and beauty, and the Arkati Oleani
Rosebud
a confession of love
Rosebud (white)
a heart too young to love
Rose (pink)
romance
Rose (yellow)
friendship
Rose (white)
purity
Rose (red)
"I love you"
Rose (cabbage)
ambassador of love
Rose (dog)
pleasure mixed with pain
Rose (Elanthian snow)
perfection
Rose (moss)
true merit
Rose (swamp)
"Prove yourself to me"
Rose (wild)
simplicity
Rose (winter)
silence
Rose-marrow
a hidden heart
Rosemary
rememberance
Salorisa
suffocation
Sirenflower
prophecy, and the Arkati Jastev
Snapdragon
presumption
Sneezeweed
mockery
Sovyn
"It is not yet time"
Strawberry
sweetness
Sunflower
devotion and admiration
Talneo
dreaminess
Thyme
vitality
Trillium
modest beauty, or hope despite pain
Tuberose
dangerous pleasures
Tulip
fame
Tulip (red)
a declaration of love
Tulip (yellow)
hopeless love
Tulip (black)
cruelty
Tulip (ice)
caution
Valerian
an accomodating personality
Verbena
family union
Violet (blue)
friendship and rememberance
Violet (purple)
faithful love
Violet (alpine)
candid words
Violet (wood)
secrecy
Violet (flaming)
brilliance
Water lily
contemplation
Wolfsbane
betrayal
Woth
blessed beauty


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