Flower Superstitions and Flower Folklore
Being such a part of our lives, from courtship to weddings to funerals to religious celebrations, flowers have accumulated an abundance of superstitions. In most cultures, there are flower superstitions related to different types of flowers, where and when to give flowers, the growing or finding of flowers, and fortune-telling with flowers. Some flower superstitions go back a long way and relate to earlier myths about flowers, while others could relate to medicinal uses of flowers. Many flower superstitions go so far back into the realm of folk ways that their origins are uncertain.
Here are some flower superstitions:
- In some places, it is thought bad luck to give someone an even number of flowers, because even numbers of flowers are reserved for the dead.
- Speaking of flowers for the dead, don't take flowers off a grave, or you might soon find yourself in one.
- If you pick a dandelion that's gone to seed and blow at it, the number of seeds still on the stem will be the number of children you'll have.
- If you pick a daisy and count out the petals as you remove them with "he loves me", "he loves me not", you'll find out how the boy you fancy really feels.
- If a girl picks a bunch of flowers, especially daisies, with her eyes closed, the number of flowers indicate how many years until her marriage.
- Some flowers, such as anemones are used as charms to ward off disease or ill fortune.
- Day lilies are believed to alleviate sorrow by causing the wearer to forget her troubles. Poppies have a similar effect.
- Don't pick foxgloves or you'll offend the fairies.
- It is considered unlucky to have real flowers on stage or to give an actress flowers before a show. Use artificial flowers on the set and wait until after a performance to give flowers to a performer.