Important Flowers in Chinese Culture
Flowers hold an incredible position in the Chinese culture, flowers have been used by the Chinese for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, for traditional purposes, and for overall remedy.
Plum Blossoms – Within the Chinese culture the plum blossom is known as the “friend of winter”. This flower represents and shows the value of endurance, as within the Chinese culture one of the main things is making yourself tougher, and stronger not only physically but mentally. This specific flower is said to soothe the soul from bitterness, and give lift to ones spirit.
Peony – The Peony is considered by some as China’s national flower, it is very significant in China. This flower symbolizes honour, richer and prosperity. This flower is so prominent in China that they have dedicated the months of April and May every year to holding to Peony festival.
Chrysanthemum – These flowers originated in China and thus have a great significance to the Chinese. They symbolize elegance and nobility. Chrysanthemum’s tend to blossom in late autumn, and are known to withstand coldness.
Orchid – Orchids have been favourites of Chinese Scholars since ancient times. They represent friendship, integrity and nobility. Chinese believe these three traits are characteristics of a perfectly cultured gentlemen.
China Rose – Regarded by flower enthusiasts as the “Queen of Flowers”. This flower blooms all year and ranges in which colors it can blossom in from everything from red to creamy white to even yellow. The China Rose is considered the flower of Beijing.