Easter Flowers and Their Meanings

One of the best ways to represent Easter is through flowers. All the flowers listed below have beautiful Easter symbolism, and they all serve as great reminders of the Easter season. Here at Smucker Gardens, we sell white lilies, tulips, daffodils, and daisies. 

White “Easter” Lily

The Easter lily is probably one of the first flowers people think of when it comes to Easter, and it has multiple meanings. It is said to symbolize the “purity of Christ.” Much of the lily’s history and meaning was because of 14th Century artists like Leonardo da Vinci. In the 14th Century, art depicted the angel Gabriel giving the Virgin Mary a lily when he went to tell her that she was to give birth to Jesus. Lilies also symbolize Jesus’ death and resurrection. 

After World War I, the lily came to the U.S. when a man from Japan brought over a suitcase full of lilies to give to his friends to plant in Oregon. These lilies grew into what was known as “The Easter Lily Capital of the World.” After Pearl Harbor, Japanese shipments were no longer welcome, and the demand for lilies from Oregon and California skyrocketed. During that time, Smith River, California, which housed fewer than 900 people, produced 95% of the world’s Easter lilies. 

Some believe that lilies were found in the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus’s sweat fell to the ground, and that they also appeared after Jesus bled after his crucifixion. It is also stated that lilies were found in the Virgin Mary’s tomb three days after her burial.

Passion Flower

The Passion flower got its name from Christian missionaries in the 16th Century when they went to South Africa and saw the flower. To them, the flower represented the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. These flowers are perennial and can be found in southern U.S. and in South America.

Parts of the flower represent different aspects of Christ’s crucifixion. For example, the vines in the middle symbolize the whip. The five sepals and five petals represent the ten disciples (minus Peter and Judas). The spiral tendrils in the center represent the lashes Jesus received while he was whipped. The three stigmas represent the three nails, and the lower five anthers represent the wounds that Jesus received. Lastly, the 72 filaments symbolize the crown of thorns Jesus wore.

Daffodil

Daffodils are perennial and are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring; thus, it is representative of rebirth and new beginnings. Daffodils are known as “lent lilies” in England because they bloom between Ash Wednesday and Easter. These flowers also serve as reminders of Jesus’ resurrection because it is believed they appeared after Jesus rose from the tomb.

Tulip

Originating in Turkey, tulips were associated with Holland after being cultivated by the Dutch. Like daffodils, tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. This symbolizes rebirth. Also, depending on their color, tulips can also have different meanings.. The two colors that best represent Easter are the white tulips, which represent forgiveness, and the purple tulips, which represent royalty. If you were to place these tulips together, they would symbolize “the royalty of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.” 

Daisy 

Associated with April, daisies have come to symbolize many different things. Most commonly, daisies represent purity and innocence, but they can also mean new beginnings and transformation. The daisy got its meaning for purity and innocence from being connected with the Virgin Mary.

Rose

The meaning of the Rose flower

While roses are commonly associated with love, they have other meanings related to Easter and spring. Their meanings can differ depending on the color of the rose.  Red roses symbolize Christ’s blood and sacrifice, white roses symbolize Christ’s purity and holiness, and purple roses symbolize awe and change. If you put together the red and white roses, they can represent Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Besides the different color meanings, the five petals symbolize Christ’s wounds.