Every flower has its own special characteristics, history and personality. Knowing something about the background of flowers can be helpful in selecting floral gifts. Often the origin of flowers and the legends associated with them may have some significance that makes them suitable gifts for a certain person or occasion.
The passion flower (Passiflora) takes its name from the passion of Jesus Christ and the crucifixion. This exotic purple and white flower was discovered by Spanish priests in South America, and introduced to Europe during the 18th century. According to Christian belief, the 5 petals and 5 sepals symbolize the 10 faithful apostles, the 3 pistils are the nails, the corona filaments represent the crown of thorns and the 5 anthers are the 5 sacred wounds. The Spanish name means "the flower with the five wounds." Passion flowers are available at online florists such as Gurneys.com.
Bird Of Paradise
The bird of paradise or crane flower (Strelitzia reginae) is native to South Africa. Its blue petals and orange sepals create a spectacular flowering image like the crest of a bird's head. In a garden, birds of paradise require good drainage and sunny, partially shaded growing conditions. They bloom almost throughout the year, reaching between 3 feet and 5 feet tall. Florists like Teleflora.com offer 27-inch-tall floral arrangements that feature birds of paradise in combination with other selected flowers. These arrangements are presented in square black containers.
Bauhinia X Blakeana is also called the Hong Kong Orchid Tree, whose magenta flowers are as fragrant as they are beautiful. The bauhinia is the official flower of Hong Kong. This evergreen tree is native to Southern China. It is available from the Gardino Nursery (Rareflora.com) in Florida, which specializes in rare and unusual tropical plants from all over the world.
The hibiscus is a classic tropical flower that makes an ideal gift any time of the year. "Fancy Hibiscus" is a registered trademark at the company of the same name that specializes in tropical and hybrid hibiscus. Fancyhibiscus.com sells a complete range of hibiscus in solid colors as well as multi-colored hibiscus. Examples include "Silver Memories", a single gray and silver, 7-inch to 9-inch flower with a white eye and veins with a yellow edge. "Elderberry" is a single light lavender flower with a pinkish tone, measuring between 8 inches and 10 inches in diameter. Because it is not always easy to decide among so many beauties, the company sells gift certificates too.
Orchids have been around since prehistoric times, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. An orchid is a suitable gift for someone who will take the time to care for this exotic plant with attention to detail. For such a person, a good choice might be a Potted Double Stem Kaleidoscope Orchid, which is available at florist websites like Proflowers.com. The blooms of this 22-inch to 24-inch tall orchid have striking purple and white spirals. The plant is presented in a tapered black metal container, and it comes with care instructions.