The Symbolism of Magnolia Flowers


Magnolia Flowers
(Credit: To the rightful owner)

Just recently, I was going through a couple of pictures in one of my albums on Facebook and surprisingly, I stumbled across a picture of magnolia flowers (it is the one above). I had placed that picture for the purpose of an online event that requested users to upload a picture of a flower that begins with the same letter as their name. As I was thinking of a flower that began with the same letter as my name, I realized that one of my favorite perfumes, which was given to me as a birthday gift in early 2007 by a Korean friend, had the scent of magnolia flowers.

I had been using the perfume for almost four years until it finished about half a year ago. It was from Bath and Body Works and came in a cute package that looked like a mini-capsule. When I visited Bath and Body Works to look for another one, I had realized that the company had discontinued selling the product. I asked one of the sales women the reason for it, but she didn’t know. Instead, she gave me a form that I could fill out and offer suggestions to the organization. I gladly filled out the form, explaining that Bath and Body Works should continue selling the product.

What I had liked about the perfume was that the scent was fresh and it wasn’t strong like many other branded perfumes. In fact, a friend of mine really liked it and asked me what perfume it was so that he could buy it for his girlfriend. =P

Although the scent of magnolia flowers is lovely, I find the symbolism of the flower to be very interesting. According to Symbolism Wiki, the “magnolia symbolizes sweetness, beauty, and love of nature,” and, “although it has no specific heraldic symbol, it has developed over time into a symbol of femininity, nobility, and perseverance.” Furthermore, Nations Online states that in China, the symbol for the magnolia flower is beautiful woman.

Another article called, “Magnolia Flower Meaning,” by Batul Nafisa Baxamusa, describes the symbolism of magnolia flowers in great depth:

Each and every flower has a special meaning attached to it. These special meanings have a specific sentiment or emotion expressed by these fragrant and attractive blooms. There is no true meaning attached to a specific flower. Different cultures have different flower meanings to a specific bloom. In this article we shall learn about the magnolia flower meaning.

What Does a Magnolia Flower Mean?
The magnolia flower grows on evergreen trees and even as deciduous plants. The magnolias produce different colored flowers depending on the variety. These flowers do not have petals like other flowers. Instead they have tepals that are lead like structures. These tepals are in place of sepals and petals. The meaning of a magnolia flower varies according to culture and location as the magnolia plant varieties are native to both Asia and Americas.

The Meaning of Magnolia Flowers
There are experts on floriography who can speak the language of flowers. These florists have come up with the meaning of magnolia flower according to their size and the way they bloom. The magnolia flowers bloom boldly and are large in size. The flowers that grow in South are scented and therefore the magnolia flowers meanings include splendid beauty and magnificence. Magnolia flowers are available in a variety of colors and each color leads to a different meaning. The white magnolias flower meanings include purity and perfection. The pink magnolia flowers mean youth and innocence added with joy. The green magnolias also have the same meaning of joy and is also associated with health and luck. The purple magnolias help in achieving the wishes of luck and health.

In China, the Jade orchid or Magnolia denudata, has been cultivated for thousand of years. The magnolia flowers mean ‘certainly’ when they are used at the beginning of other sentiments along with other symbols. In China, magnolia flowers are symbols of purity and nobility. In Japan, the magnolia is used as a medicinal and ornamental plant. The flower is called Hanakotoba in Japanese system of flower meaning. This means that the flower is sublime, natural and shows love for nature. Magnolias are associated with the life force and therefore can be sent over on the occasion of birth.

In North America, magnolia flower meaning is associated with south. Magnolia is the harbinger of arrival of spring and is the official state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana. Mississippi has earned the nickname of ‘Magnolia State’ due to the abundant magnolia flower blooms. The city of Houston, Texas is called the ‘Magnolia City’ due to the abundant magnolia trees growing along the Buffalo Bayou.

This was all about the magnolia flower meanings and the symbols associated with it. Basically, magnolia flower is associated with beauty and perseverance. It is also associated with nobility and dignity. Sweetness and love for nature are some other attributes attached to magnolia flower.

(Credit: Lyn Topinka)

The symbols associated with the magnolia flower do sound pleasant! I would definitely like to purchase a perfume that has the scent of magnolia flowers. The last time I checked online, eBay and Amazon were selling the perfume. The fact that they are the only ones selling it, they have been able to take advantage of that and are offering the perfume at a high price. Talk about business! =P

My definition of magnolia flowers: a flower with a scent of pure sweetness just like its symbol. ^^


3 responses »

  1. Pingback: Colors of Nature : Flowers | and life smiles

  2. “The flower is called Hanakotoba in Japanese system of flower meaning.”
    … No, ‘hanakotoba’ means ‘language of flowers’.

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