The Secret Language of Flowers (M)

The Secret Language of Flowers (M)

List of Flowers:

  1. Madder- (The Common Madder can grow to 1.5 m in height. The evergreen leaves are 10 cm long and 2–3 cm broad, produced in whorls of 4–7 star like around the central stem. It climbs with tiny hooks at the leaves and stems. The flowers are small (3–5 mm across), with five pale yellow petals, in dense racemes, and appear from June to August, followed by small 4–6 mm diameter red to black berries.) Meaning: Calumny. “What you have heard is a vile falsehood.”
  2. Magnolia-  (Magnolias an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. To avoid damage from pollinating beetles and the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. Fossilised specimens of Magnolia acuminate have been found dating to 20 million years ago and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae dating to 95 million years ago. Another primitive aspect of Magnolias is their lack of distinct sepals or petals: Magnolias possess undifferentiated flower parts for which the term “tepals” was coined.) Meaning: Fortitude. “Be not discouraged; better days are coming.
  3. Marigold, African- (Marigold foliage has a musky, pungent scent, though some varieties have been bred to be scentless. It is said to deter some common insect’s pests, as well as nematodes. Targets are hence often used in companion planting for tomato, eggplant, chilli pepper, tobacco and potato. Some of the perennial species are deer-, rabbit-, and rodent- and peccary-resistant.) Meaning: Boorishness. “Refinement appeals to me.”
  4. Marigold, French- (The French marigold is a species in the daisy family. In spite of its name, it is native to South America. The flower is an annual, growing to 0.5 m by 0.3 m. It is in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. They are noted for attracting wildlife. The leaves of the marigold are coated with oily glands that produce a pungent scent.) Meaning:  Jealousy. “You are unreasonably jealous.”
  5.  Marjoram- (Marjoram is cultivated for its aromatic leaves, either green or dry, for culinary purposes; the tops are cut as the plants begin to flower and are dried slowly in the shade. The flowering leaves and tops of Marjoram are steam distilled to produce an essential oil that is yellowish in color (darkening to brown as it ages). It has many chemical components, some of which arboreal, camphor and pinene. ) Meaning: Maidenly modesty.  “Your ardour brings blushes to my cheeks.”
  6. Meadow-sweet- (Meadowsweet, is a perennial herb in the family Rosaceae, which grows in damp meadows.) Meaning: Uselessness. “I look for a lover who is something more than merely decorative.”
  7. Mignonette-(Mignonette is a genus of fragrant herbaceous plants native to the Mediterranean region and southwest Asia. The species include annuals, biennials and perennials, and grow to 40-130 cm tall. The leaves form a basal rosette at ground level, and then spirally arranged up the stem; they can be entire, toothed or pinnate, and range from 1-15 cm long. The flowers are produced in a slender spike, each flower small 4-6 mm diameter, white, yellow, orange, or green, with four to six petals. The fruit is a small dry capsule containing several seeds. Meaning: Dull virtues. “ A worthy gem, perhaps; but in an unattractive setting.”
  8.  Mimosa- (Mimosa is a genus of about 400 species of herbs and shrubs, in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the legume family Fabaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word meaning, “mimic.”  Meaning: Sensitiveness. “You are too brusque.”
  9. Mint- ( Lamiaceae or Labiatae, also known as the mint family, is a family of flowering plants. ) Meaning: Homeliness. “Look for a wife of your own age and taste.”
  10. Mistletoe- (Mistletoe is the common name for a group of hemi-parasitic plants in the order Santalales that grow attached to and within the branches of a tree or shrub.) Meaning: Kisses. “I send you a thousand kisses.”
  11.  Mock Orange-(Mock –orange is a genus of about 60 species of shrubs from 1 to 6 m tall, native to North America, Central America, Asia  and SE Europe. They are named “mock-orange” in reference to their flowers, which in wild species look somewhat similar to those of oranges and lemons at first glance, and smell of orange flowers and jasmine. ) Meaning: Cancelled wedding. “Your disillusioned bride- to-be has changed her mind but not her degree.”
  12.  Moneywort-( Lysimachia nummularia is a low creeping plant of the genus Lysimachia.It  It is commonly called Creeping Jenny, Moneywort, Herb Twopence, and Twopenny grass.) Meaning: Fidelity. “Ever faithful.”
  13. Monkey Musk – Meaning Coxcomb. “I cannot tolerate a fob.”
  14. Mullein- (Mullein are a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the figwort family Scophulariaceae.). Meaning: Friendship. “Let us be friends.”
  15. Musk- (Mimulus is a diverse plant genus, the monkey-flowers and musk flowers.) Meaning: Over-adornment. “Why not let your natural charm and beauty tell its own story.”
  16. Myrtle- (Myrtle is a genus of one or two species of flowering plants in the family Mytaceae.  The plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree, growing to 5 m tall. The leaf is entire, 3–5 cm long, with a fragrant essential oil. The star-like flower has five petals and sepals, and numerous stamens. Petals usually are white. The fruit is a round blue-black berry containing several seeds. The flower is pollinated by insects, and the seeds are dispersed by birds that eat the berries.) Meaning: Fragrance. “Be my sweethert.”

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