Flower Tattoos and Their Meanings

On July 31, 2012, in Flower Tattoos, by Tristan G

Flower TattoosFlower Tattoos

Ah, the rose tattoo.  Perhaps one of the most iconic, popular tattoos of all time.  By itself it can mean love.  With a dagger or sword running through it?  Dangerous love.  Surrounded in barbed wire?  Love me, but be careful.

Roses, and all other flowers as well, make wonderful tattoos because of their simple beauty and their ability to adapt well in just about any type of design.  They’re also popular because there are literally thousands of flowers to choose from, each with their own meaning and history.

History and Legends

One very popular flower tattoo is the lotus flower, and the story behind it appeals to many people.  Lotus flowers start at the bottom of a mucky, still pond.  They slowly grow upwards, always heading for the light at the surface, and when they finally emerge they blossom into a beautiful flower.  Hindu’s see the Lotus flower as a powerful symbol for spiritual awakening and rebirth.  Many others see the Lotus flower as a symbol for overcoming adversity in life.

Other flowers have entire legends that are tied to them.  Take Heather for example.  Heather is a small, scrubby flower that grows on the moors of England and Scotland.  Legend tells that when God created the barren moors he thought it would be nice to cover it with some sort of flower to make it look more attractive.  He first turned to the Giant Oak, which was the biggest and strongest of trees, and asked if it would like to grow there.  The oak declined, saying the soil was too thin for it to grow.

God next asked the honeysuckle if she would like to grow there and she quickly declined as well, saying she needed a fence or tree to grow up against.

He next turned to the rose, who said she could not possibly grow there, stating that the harsh wind, bitter cold, and blinding rain would tear her apart.

Disappointed, God turned away from all three and happened upon a small, flowering bush, with lavender and white flowers.  It was the Heather flower.  He asked the little flower if it would be willing to go grow on the hillsides to make them more beautiful.  Heather thought about the harsh wind, cold nights, and blinding rain, and said she didn’t know if she could do it, but she would certainly give it a try.

God was so impressed that he decided to give her 3 gifts to help her.  First, he gave her the strength of the oak.  The bark of Heather is some of the strongest in the world.

Next, he gave her the fragrance of the honeysuckle.  Heather’s fragrance is wonderful to smell, and is often used in soaps and lotions.

Lastly, he gave her the sweetness of the rose, making her bee’s favorite flower.  To this day Heather covers the cold, bitter moors in a beautiful, flowering carpet that makes the hills light up.

Those are only two examples of legends associated with flowers, but there are literally thousands out there!  Before you decide on any tattoo, spend some time researching what each flower means, and what legends are associated with it.

Flower TattoosFlower Tattoos Meanings

In Victorian times flowers were often sent to convey a certain message, thus each flower had a different meaning.  We’ll give you a few examples of what some flowers represent, but if you don’t see your favorite flower on the list, don’t despair!  Every flower has a meaning (although most experts disagree on what those are), so do some research online to find the one you want.  Flowers have a special language all their own, so whatever meaning or look you’re going for, you can be sure to find it in their simple beauty.

  • Aster- daintiness
  • Bells of Ireland- good luck
  • Bluebell- humility
  • Camellia (pink)- longing for you
  • Chrysanthemum (white)- truth
  • Chrysanthemum (yellow)- slighted love
  • Crocus- cheerfulness
  • Daffodil- unrequited love
  • Daisy- innocence
  • Dandelion- faithfulness
  • Fern- magic
  • Forget-Me-Not- true love
  • Heather (lavender)- admiration
  • Heather (white)- protection
  • Iris- faith
  • Lilac- youthful innocence
  • Lily (calla)- beauty
  • Lily(tiger)- pride
  • Lily of the Valley- sweetness
  • Orchid- love, beauty, refinement
  • Peony- happy life
  • Poppy (red)- pleasure
  • Rose (red)- love
  • Rose (pink)- perfect happiness
  • Snowdrop- hope
  • Sweetpea- pleasure
  • Tulip- love

 

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One Response to Flower Tattoos and Their Meanings

  1. vivek jaiswal says:

    In Victorian times flowers were often sent to convey a certain message, thus each flower had a different meaning. We’ll give you a few examples of what some flowers represent, but if you don’t see your favorite flower on the list, don’t despair! Every flower has a meaning (although most experts disagree on what those are), so do some research online to find the one you want. Flowers have a special language all their own, so whatever meaning or look you’re going for, you can be sure to find it in their simple beauty.

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