Lavender - Knowledgebase Question

Hampstead, NC
Question by ncbound99
February 11, 2000
My future daughter-in-law wants to give lavender pots as favors at her wedding. She thinks lavender means "love". Is this correct. If not, what flower signifies love? I will have to pot 125 of these so I need your help!


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Answer from NGA
February 11, 2000

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The most refined versions of the "language of flowers" date back to Victorian times and tussie-mussies and over the years and depending on who you ask it seems that the meanings may shift around a bit. Here are several versions for you to consider.

The first seems fairly representative of modern day interpretations http://members.xoom.com/mangey... and it lists lavender for "acknowledgement";

the second is from a wedding related business
http://www.weddingpetals.com/l... and it lists lavender for "devotion";

this last is reprinted from Collier's Cyclopedia of Commercial and Social Information and Treasury of
Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, compiled by Nugent Robinson. P.F. Collier, 1882 http://www.apocalypse.org/pub/... and it lists lavender for "distrust".

So you see, the meanings depend on who you ask and possibly how firmly you believe in this somewhat contrived language -- there really isn't a hard and fast answer to your question.

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