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Rose History

Roses

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful maiden named Rhodanthe. According to the Roman myth, she hid in Diana's temple to avoid relentless hoards of suitors. The goddess Diana, whose job it was to protect maidens, was infuriated at the whole scene. She turned Rhodanthe into a rose and her pursuers into thorns.   Read more about Rose Flower History

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Carnation History

Carnations

The carnation is also known as Dianthus caryophyllus or Chinese pink.   The carnation traditionally celebrates fascination and admiration, although different colors of the carnation flower convey different meanings.  Read more about Carnation Flower History

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Violets History

Violets

The violet, the traditional Valentine's Day flower, celebrates modesty, virtue, faithfulness, humility and possible happiness.   According to legend, the Christian priest St. Valentine wrote love notes using ink made from the violets he grew.  Read more about Violet Flower History

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Daffodils History

Daffodils

Daffodil, or botanically Narcissus, is March's celebrated flower.  Daffodils are the mark of spring and usually known by white or yellow petals surrounding a yellow, pink or white center.   There are thousands of hybrid varieties in as many combinations of colors that also include orange or peach and lime green blossoms of three to four inches in diameter. Read more about Daffodil Flower History

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Sweet Pea History

Sweet Pea Flowers

The Sweet Pea, or Lathyrus odoratus or latifolius, originated from the U.K., Southern Italy, and Sicily and burst into mainstream cultivation in the 17th century.  Now they bloom all over the world, including next to present-day cave dwellings in the Armenian mountains. Read more about Sweet Pea Flower History

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Lily of the Valley History

Lily of the Valley Flowers

Lilies-of-the-Valley, Convallaria liliaceae, are May's celebrated flower.   People born this month are well-represented with a plant that signifies happiness, purity, humility, renewal.   Read more about Lily of the Valley Flower History

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Larkspurs History

Larkspur Flowers

Celebrate July birthdays with the larkspur, also known as "Elijah's Chariot," the flower of attachment, devotion and sincerity.   Related to buttercups, these flowers are members of the Ranunculaceae family and make up the genus Consolida – which contains around 40 varieties that are native to mild climates. Read more about Larkspur Flower History

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Orchid History

Orchid Flowers

The word orchid originates from the Greek word orchis, meaning testicle. The bulbs of orchids look like testicles, and for this reason they are known to be aphrodisiacs. Greek women had a theory that they could manipulate the sex of their unborn baby with the roots of an orchid. Read more about Orchid Flower History

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Gladiolas History

Gladiola Flowers

Send your special birthday friend a gladiola – the flower of the Roman gladiators – that represents strong moral character.   Also named: "Sword Lily"after its weapon-shaped leaves, this flower hails from the Middle East and Africa and belongs to the iris family.  Read more about Gladiola Flower History

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Asters History

Aster Flowers

Celebrate September birthdays with asters, the "herb of Venus."   Named for the stars because of the shape of its blossoms, the aster symbolizes elegance and refinement.  It is also considered a love charm and was thought to have mystical powers that could ward of evil serpents. Read more about Aster Flower History

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Calendulas History

Calendula Flowers

People born in October seem to have a steadfast and winning grace about them and are represented by a flower that celebrates that characteristic. While a member of the same family (Asteraceae,) Calendula is referred to as the "pot marigold," but it is an altogether different plant.  Read more about Calendula Flower History

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Chrysantemums History

Chrysantemum Flowers

Chrysanthemum beckons the holidays and, like people born this month, represents a cheerful and optimistic demeanor. Chrysanthemum portrays a desire for rest and relaxation, longevity and happiness. Read more about Chrysantemum Flower History

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Daisies History

Daisy Flowers

In 1884 the gerbera daisy was discovered in South Africa by Scotsman Richard Jameson, however daisies are believed to be more than 4000 years old. In English history, the daisy was referred to as Day’s Eye, and this name was a reference to the way the flower opened and closed with the sun. Read more about Daisy Flower History

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Tulips History

Tulip Flowers

Tulips have been grown for a very long time, so long in fact they date back to 1000AD, and one of the first places it was discovered was in Turkey. It was in the 17th century that the tulip started becoming a garden decoration, and they were also used for medicinal purposes. Read more about Tulip Flower History

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Sunflower History

Sunflowers

Sunflowers were primarily grown for purpose, not because of their beauty. They originated in 1000BC in the Americas. Sunflower seeds were a rich source of food for the Native Americans. Read more about Sunflower Flower History

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Lily History

Lily

The history of lilies is rich and dates back to centuries ago. Lilies were once found in pictures in a villa in Crete dating back to the Minoan Period in around 1580BC. Read more about Lily Flower History

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Lily History

Iris

The word iris originates from Greece and it means rainbow. The name is very fitting considering there are over 200 varieties of irises that come in an array of different colors. Irises have played an integral role in ancient Greek history. Read more about Iris Flower History

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