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Find the perfect flowers for every gifting occasion and living environment with Petal Republic’s expert guides to flower meanings, symbolism, history, origins, cultural significance, growing tips, care guides, floral varieties, and colors.

Passionflowers are known for their exquisite flowers and delicious fruits, but these plants have more to offer than good looks and taste. Both the fruits, flowers, and vegetation of the passionflower plant provide numerous uses and benefits. This plant can help improve sleep, provide food for caterpillars, and relax restless minds. Want to know more? Stick with us as we…

Flowers are like miracles that grow out of the ground on delicate green stems. They hail the coming of spring and also remind us that life is sometimes short and always precious due to their short lifespans. It might be said that we’d stop and smell the flowers more if we were reminded that flowers spend only a couple of…

While most orchids are known for their large, colorful flowers, jewel orchids stand out with their stunning leaves. I love that these leaves are velvety in texture and have veins that create stripes and patterns. In this guide, I’ll share my go-to tips for Jewel Orchid care at home for optimal growth and plant health throughout the year. Jewel Orchid…

Whether it’s through birthstones or Zodiac signs, our birth month may even determine aspects of our personality. This also extends to birth month flowers, with each month linked to two corresponding birth flowers. It’s thought that the practice started in Roman times because the Romans were one of the earliest societies to celebrate birthdays. In this article, we’ll guide you…

The hardy, beautiful azalea is a mainstay in gardens across the world. In this guide, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about Azalea flower meaning and symbolism, their history and origins, uses and benefits, and cultural significance around the world today.  Azalea Flower Meaning – Key Takeaways In the language of flowers, Azaleas carry the symbolic meaning…

If you want to try growing orchids at home, Phalaenopsis orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.) are one of my favorite choices. Also commonly known as ‘Moth Orchids,’ these plants are easy to care for and produce gorgeous blooms. Plus, there are 50+ species and hybrids you can choose from. In this guide, I’ll run through my essential Phalaenopsis orchid care tips at…

Poppies produce papery, cup-shaped flowers in various colors, from the traditional red remembrance poppy to the sunny yellow-orange California poppy. In this guide, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about poppy flower meaning and symbolism, their rich history and origins, and cultural significance around the world. Poppy Flower Meaning – Key Takeaways The poppy flower is an…

Not to be confused with the Crepe Myrtle, the true Myrtle flower (Myrtus) is a charming genus of flowering plants rich in history and symbolism. Much of Myrtle’s symbolism is drawn from its years of medicinal and food use. However, it’s also an excellent landscaping plant and provides blooms, foliage, and berries for cut flower arrangements. In this guide, I’ll…

Most people have stopped to admire a Morning Glory’s bright colors and twining growth. These flowering plants are so widely spread that they’re considered noxious weeds in some areas. As long as they’re handled cautiously, these symbols of enduring love and care are great for planting in containers or around entryways. In this guide, I’ll run through everything you need…

Salvias, also known as sages, bloom abundantly and look great in almost every landscape. These showy plants are easy to grow and are also incredibly versatile. In this guide, I’ll run through everything you need to know about Saliva flower meaning and symbolism, their rich history origin, popular types, and uses, plus a few essential tips for gifting and caring…

If you’re looking for a carefree houseplant that’s easy to grow and looks great year-round, don’t pass up the kalanchoe. The most commonly grown species, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, is a tropical succulent with bright pink, red, yellow, and coral-hued blossoms. In addition to their ornamental value, Kalanchoe is rich in meaning and symbolism and is culturally significant worldwide. The Meaning and…

If you’re looking for a flower that offers deep symbolism, sends a meaningful message, and has a stunning appearance, the Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia spp.) might be the perfect choice. With its multi-colored sepals and petals atop a beak-like spathe, this South African native indeed resembles a striking bird. It also carries meanings such as joy, freedom, success, excellence, royalty,…

Few plants have such a distinctive scent and growth pattern as Rosemary. Once only found in the Mediterranean area where it’s native, now it’s grown around the world for both culinary use and its attractive needle-leaved appearance. You’ll find many homes in warmer climates feature a bush of this plant by the front door for its symbolism. Of course, you’ll…

Larkspur is an annual or perennial flower in the (Ranunculaceae) or buttercup family. These lovely flowers showcase a range of colors from white, yellow, pink, and red to shades of blue and purple. Here we’ll take you through everything you need to know about Larkspur flower meaning and symbolism, their history and origins, uses and benefits, and essential tips for…

Lady’s slipper orchids (Cypripedioideae) remain a top choice among orchid enthusiasts and collectors. This orchid is hard to find and quite challenging to grow, but its exquisite flowers make every effort worthwhile. Our guide covers everything you need to know about this one-of-a-kind orchid type. Read on to learn about the lady’s slipper orchid’s meaning, symbolism, uses, origins, and popular…

With their glossy, serrated leaves and bright berries, holly (Ilex ssp.) stands out as an iconic ornamental plant. The plant’s fruits and foliage symbolize the winter season and the Christmas holidays. Holly also boasts culinary and medicinal properties; leaves can be used to brew tea, while some traditional medicines use holly berries as purgatives. In this guide, I’ll explore the…

Anniversary Flowers play an integral role in recognizing life’s special moments. From weddings, birthdays, celebrations, romantic gestures, and sympathy notes to simple gestures of thanks and appreciation, a floral arrangement can convey many meanings and sentiments. Anniversary flowers hold an exceptional significance and symbolism that’s evolved to serve as a unique identifier for a particular landmark occasion. Be it your…

Burdocks, with their sticky, hooked seed burs, are famously known for inspiring the invention of Velcro. In addition to this fun trivia, burdock flowers have a rich meaning and symbolic history and place in cultural traditions worldwide. Burdock Flower Meaning and Symbolism Etymology The genus name Arctium comes from the Latin word meaning narrow. This is possibly a reference to…

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