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Flowers

Family Tradition

It has become customary to give the gift of fresh Flowers to the opposite sex on almost any occasion. In times of illness and death, Flowers are given regardless of gender. The gift of Flowers to couples is customary for such occasions as Weddings, Anniversaries and Holidays.  Many men buy Flowers for their favorite woman on a weekly basis to show their love and affection. 

Background

Flowers have fascinated mankind throughout history because of their varied beauty and fragrances. The Customs and Traditions associated with Flowers go back beyond recorded history. Perhaps the oldest Custom; more than 50,000 years, is the placing of Flowers on the grave of a loved one as a sign of remembrance and respect. 

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In addition to the Customs associated with Flowers, there is also their symbology. Almost every human emotion can be expressed with the selection of the proper Flower. The first book written on the subject was "Le Language des Fleurs" in 1819 by Madame Charlotte de la Tour (Louise Cortambert). The most popular resource on this subject remains a book published in 1884 by Kate Greenaway: "Language of Flowers". 

In the United States today, Flowers are most often given for the following occasions:

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Births and Birthdays

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Weddings

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Anniversaries

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Reminders of Love

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Valentine's Day

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Christmas

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Illness

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Death

Flowers are worn as corsages by women and boutonnieres by men for very special "dress-up" occasions.

The National Flower of the United States is the Rose. The following table provides the Flower selected by each State of The United States to be the "State Flower".

STATE FLOWERS

ALABAMA Camellia MONTANA Bitter Root
ALASKA Forget-Me-Not NEBRASKA Goldenrod
ARIZONA Saguaro Giant Cactus  NEVADA Sagebrush
ARKANSAS Apple Blossom NEW HAMPSHIRE Purple Lilac
CALIFORNIA Golden Poppy NEW JERSEY Violet
COLORADO Rocky Mountain Columbine NEW MEXICO Yucca Flower
CONNECTICUT Mountain Laurel NEW YORK Rose
DELAWARE Peach Blossom NORTH CAROLINA Flowering Dogwood
FLORIDA Orange Blossom NORTH DAKOTA Wild Prairie Rose
GEORGIA Cherokee Rose OHIO Scarlet Carnation
HAWAII Hibiscus OKLAHOMA Mistletoe
IDAHO Mock Orange Syringa OREGON Oregon Grape
ILLINOIS Native Violet PENNSYLVANIA Mountain Laurel
INDIANA Peony RHODE ISLAND Purple Violet
IOWA Wild Rose SOUTH CAROLINA Yellow Jasmine  (Carolina Jasmine)
KANSAS Sunflower SOUTH DAKOTA American Pasqueflower: Wild Crocus or Prairie Crocus
KENTUCKY Goldenrod TENNESSEE Iris
LOUISIANA Magnolia TEXAS Bluebonnet
MAINE White Pine Cone and Tassel UTAH Sego Lily
MARYLAND Black-eyed Susan VERMONT Red Clover
MASSACHUSETTS Trailing Arbutus VIRGINIA Flowering Dogwood
MICHIGAN Apple Blossom WASHINGTON Coast Rhododendron
MINNESOTA Pink and White Lady's-slipper WEST VIRGINIA Rhododendron
MISSISSIPPI Magnolia WISCONSIN Wood Violet
MISSOURI Hawthorn WYOMING Indian Paintbrush

Further Study

There are many resources on the Internet; some are provided below:

Romantic Gifts 
Flowers and Plants Association

Credits

1 Bain, Carol. The World Book™ Multimedia Encyclopedia © 1998 World Book, Inc. Chicago.
2 Microsoft® Encarta® 97 Encyclopedia. 1993-1996 Microsoft Corporation.
3 Greenaway, Kate. Language of Flowers. London. 1884. 

 

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