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origin and is a symbol of innocence and purity, as well as beauty.
Wisteria is a vine with purple-blue blossoms, easily entangled. How
fitting for the name of the block in which the television drama Des-
perate Housewives takes place. Iris is of Greek origin, and its mean-
ing is “rainbow”. In mythology, Iris was a messenger-goddess who
rode rainbows between heaven and earth to deliver messages from
Olympus. The iris, like roses and tulips, symbolize different concepts
based on its color. Blue represents faith and hope; purple, wisdom;
yellow, passion; and white, purity. Other white flowers that represent purity are the Our present day usage of the language of flowers and foliage has “branched
white lily and poppy, while Bachelor’s Button also shares in this meaning. How nice out”, through names, idioms, and double entendres. What once was a means of com-
to meet a pure bachelor! White roses and carnations symbolize innocence, similar in munication in Victorian times, has now evolved. In decorating, gardening, and even
some ways to purity. White violets, on the other hand, stand for modesty, while blue naming our children, we still use phrases relating to this language, helping to express
violets stand for faithfulness, but good virtues! Violet is of Latin origin, and it is one ourselves. The impact of magnificent flora influences us deeply. Besides bringing
of the earliest flower names, first used in the 1830s. Shakespeare used the Latin form beauty and peace to our lives, flowers and foliage have elicited strong emotions, and
Viola for the enterprising heroine in “Twelfth Night”. spoken to us without words, for ages.
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