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Flowers That Bring Luck

By Peter Lancett ; Updated September 21, 2017

Flowers are well known to have healing and calming qualities. Feng shui consultants often stress the importance of floral arrangements, and in India there is a high regard for the spiritual value of flowers. Essential oils distilled from flowers are claimed to have specific psychological and physical effects. For example lavender scent is said to be a calming influence and aid sleep. Some flowers are even said to bring good luck.

Bells of Ireland

The flowers are part of the mint family and have a spicy scent. They do not originate in Ireland, despite their name, but are native to Western Asia, Turkey and Syria. Even so, they are often found in St Patrick’s Day floral arrangements. They are also found in bridal arrangements and in churches decorated for weddings.

Four-Leaf Clover

Most clover plants have only three leaves. The official “four-leaf clover” comes from the white clover plant. It is claimed that only one in 10,000 white clover plants develops four leaves. This scarcity may account for the association of the plant with good fortune. The enduring belief in the effect of the plant as a good-luck charm is such that many people wear charms with four-leaf clovers fixed into them.

White Heather

In Europe, Gypsy women often make their living selling lucky heather door to door. The association of white heather with luck may have its popular origin in Victorian England, when all things Scottish became very fashionable. The Highland Scots had always used white heather for medicinal purposes. This, along with its scarcity, may account for the plant’s association with good luck.

Sweet Basil

In India, sweet basil is a sacred herb, ranking alongside the better-known lotus. It is often given to new homeowners as a gift to attract good fortune. Some people believe that if a sprig of basil is placed in a cash register, it will attract customers. In Mexico people carry basil in their pockets to attract money.

Bamboo

Bamboo arrangements are now an integral part of most feng shui arrangements. Bamboo is said to be most lucky when received as a gift. The rapid growth and indestructible nature of bamboo is reason that it is considered lucky. Plants with healthy green leaves and shoots are the ones that are considered luckiest.

Larkspur

Another name for larkspur is delphinium; it is a native plant of Europe. It is said to be named after Delphi, a sacred temple in Ancient Greece, dedicated to the sun god Apollo. While the Greek gods could be capricious, to be favored by Apollo was considered to be a great blessing. In England the plant’s root was also used to make love potions.

 

About the Author

 

Peter Lancett has been writing professionally for 10 years. He has five novels and a series of award-winning illustrated books currently distributed internationally. Lancett writes for film and television alongside his work for Demand Studios. He has traveled extensively and has lived in England and New Zealand.