Plants, Trees, and Flowers
This page lists all the various symbols in the Plants, Trees, and Flowers category.
The natural world is home to a vast variety of symbols, and plants, trees and flowers are among the most symbolically charged objects you'll ever encounter. Some of their symbolic meanings are widely known; the rose is a near-universal symbol of love and poppies are a tribute to those who have died in the great wars of the 20th century.
Such meanings, however, are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and the number of symbolic associations to be drawn from the plant world is nearly as extensive as the number of species themselves.
Symbols in this category:
The cultivation of dates began over 5000 years ago, and the fruit is still an important foodstuff in many parts of the world. In terms of symbolism, the date has much in common with the fig, and aside from the fruit itself, date palm trees hold symbolic importance in their own right.
In terms of symbolic importance, the lotus has achieved a status that has seldom been equaled by any flower. Its beauty, perfume and central place in many belief systems has made it a true monarch of the botanical world. It would be highly difficult to enumerate all the symbolic meanings of the lotus, so this article will provide a basic overview along with a few specific examples of cultures where the flower holds special significance.
Olives have been cultivated by Mediterranean peoples for at least five thousand years, and are still a major staple of cuisines in the region. This article will address not just the olive itself, but the oil produced from it and the tree from which it grows, since the symbolic meanings of all three are interconnected.
The cultural importance of the poppy stretches back over 3000 years, and its symbolic associations are fairly well known to modern society. These associations can be divided into two broad categories, and there are several layers within each category that add to the flower’s significance.