Because they are less common in nature than other colored blossoms, purple flowers are, by their very nature, rare, special, and distinct. Ranging from dark purple roses to the soft lavender hue of purple hydrangea, purple flowers are indeed enchanting… but what do purple flowers mean?
Most often, purple flowers are associated with royalty or dignified people and events. Centuries ago, the rarity of purple flowers in nature meant that purple dyes and pigments were exceptionally prized and expensive. Usually, it was only royalty who could afford purple flowers and the items made from their essence. In some cultures, purple flowers were even reserved for monarchs only be official decree. So, a purple rose arrangement would make an excellent gift or floral decor element for an elected official, boss or company president, or anyone you wish to show respect and honor.
It is for this reason that purple wedding flowers are a popular year-round choice, as it signifies that the happy couple should be treated like royalty on their special day.
In recent years, purple flowers’ meaning has expanded somewhat to also include a recognition of success, achievement, or high honor. A purple rose arrangement would be a unique way to congratulate a couple on their 25th wedding anniversary. Or, for someone who’s reached a milestone “happy birthday,” purple flowers can be a memorable present or party theme.
Of course, for those who simply love the color, purple flowers’ meaning is in the eye of the beholder. For some, purple flowers signify peace and serenity. This comes from the color’s ties to the lavender plant - whose fragrance is known to be a soothing aroma, and is sometimes even mixed into tea. For others, purple roses may reflect a deep passion or mature romance. Lighter shades of purple flowers often signify springtime as this is when most purple flowers like violets, lilies, and purple hydrangea are naturally in bloom.
In Eastern cultures, particularly those associated with Buddhism, purple flowers and their meanings change somewhat. For many, purple flowers are associated with mystic discovery and inner journeys. The purple chakra - or crown chakra - is linked to wisdom and becoming one with the world, so the color purple and purple flowers by extension are considered to communicate transformation and creativity. It may be for this reason that purple flowers have long been the favorite subjects of artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
If there’s an artist in your life, or someone who is inspired by artistic pursuits, then you might consider a purple rose arrangement as a way to encourage their pursuits. Or, for someone who’s been making a difficult transition to a new job, or moving to a new city, purple rose flower arrangements might be a good way to say, “congratulations on a new beginning.”
What is important to remember with purple flowers and their meaning is that even though each person identifies with a different side of the color, almost all people feel this connection very deeply. It is this allure and magnetism of purple flowers that draw people in and make all kinds of purple flowers a welcome addition to any home, decor, and for almost any and every occasion.
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