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The Christian festival of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death on the cross. Easter legends and folklore about birds, beasts, and plants abound, and in this article I will concentrate on the stories and symbolism surrounding the flowers associated with Easter. Traditional Easter flowers vary from country to country, but all are full of symbolism, reflecting the meaning of the resurrection story.

The Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum)
Perhaps the best known of the Easter flowers, the white lily represents purity. Until the first Easter, this flower was just a small white flower. No-one even noticed it because it hung so close to the ground.  Lily yearned to serve humanity and to share strange, delicate perfume, it prayed to be allowed to become beautiful. But first it had to prove itself worthy.

Lily’s perfume blessed Jesus as he knelt in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the little plant nestled close to the cross upon which Jesus hung. Because of its sympathy, understanding and love the lily grew to its full height, and the tender white blossom looked up into Christ’s face. The trumpet shaped flower petals symbolize the trumpet used by God to call Jesus back after His death. The lily’s purity, meekness and beauty comforted those who stood at the foot of the cross. Later, a tiny shoot began to grow near to Jesus’ tomb. For three days, it struggled to lift its bloom up to the great stone that stood across the entrance to the tomb. Then, on Easter morning, the stone was rolled back and Jesus came forth from the sepulchre! Wherever he stepped, the Easter lily sprang up from his foot prints! Today its beauty and fragrance proclaim the message of immortality and the story of the Resurrection to all.

The Dogwood
The dogwood tree used to be tall and strong - so strong in fact that it was chosen to make the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. The tree was very upset to be used for this purpose, and out of compassion, Jesus promised it that it would never again large enough to be used for a cross. And it did not. Dogwood trees are slender, bent, and twisted. Their bright red fruit represents the blood of Christ, and their blossoms grow in the form of a cross with a crown of thorns in the centre.
* Both the Poplar and Aspen trees are also featured in legends which claim that they were used to make the cross.  They still tremble with shame today.

The Orchid
Orchids grew at the foot of Jesus’ cross. The spots on each orchid are where his blood fell upon them.

The Jasmine
Legend has it that when Christ was crucified, the world’s most beautiful flowers died. The Jasmine suffered silently, closing its petals which, at that time, were pink. On Easter morning the flowers opened again, but the pink had gone from them and they were a pure white.

The Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea)
The Passion Flower earned its name from its finely cut corona which reminded people of the Crown of Thorns, and other parts of the plant which seem to resemble symbols of the Passion of Jesus Christ.
The leaf symbolizes the spear. The tendrils, the cords or whips, the column of the ovary, the pillar of the cross, the stamens, the hammer, the white tint, purity and the blue tint, Heaven
There are five anthers, for the five wounds, five stamens for the five Catholic sacraments - or -the five points of the Protestant doctrine, and three stigmas for the Three Persons of the Godhead.
The flower remains in bloom for three days, symbolizing the three years of the ministry. An older version of this legend reveals an alternative mystical symbolism suggesting that the five sepals and the five petals signify the apostles, discounting Peter who denied and Judas who betrayed Jesus:  
Passion-flower symbolizes holy love, religious fervour and susceptibility.

The Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)
Pussy willows are recognized by the Catholic Church as a symbol of resurrection and immortality. They are traditional Easter flowers in the UK. Russia and Poland. The silver catkins appear before the leaves in the spring. In some places, they are used instead of palms on Palm Sunday.

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
These dazzling yellow trumpet shaped flowers symbolize eternal life, renewal, and friendships. The fact that a new flower grows from the ‘dead’ bulb makes the daffodil a wonderful symbol of springtime and of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. Folk lore has it that daffodils first grew during Christ’s Resurrection. In Germany, daffodils are called "Osterglocken" or "Easter bells", and in England, they’re called "Lenten lilies." Daffodils are a favourite Easter flower in the UK.

Red Tulips (Tulipa gesneriana)
As with other red flowers or berries, the red tulip symbolizes Christ’s blood that was shed at his crucifixion. It is the traditional Easter flower in Germany.

Narcissus (Narcissus tazetta)
Narcissus was the original Easter flower in many parts of Europe. To the Greeks, the narcissus represented the spring season. It is a favourite Easter flower in Northern Italy and Southern France and Germany.

Azalea  
Another flower that symbolizes Christ's Resurrection, renewal and good wishes. Azaleas are traditionally given as gifts to the hostess at Easter meals.

Hyacinth
Hyacinths blossoms are traditionally used for Easter flower arrangements. They have a lovely aroma and come in assorted pastel colors.

By Sylvia Richards 27th March 2011

 

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