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Cosmos Flower Meaning and Symbolism

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Widely revered as one of the easiest flowers you can grow, the cosmos flower can be planted just about anywhere – you’ll likely see blossoms sprouting up in no time.

However, just because cosmos are simple to grow, that doesn’t mean that they are simple in meaning. Here are some of the many meanings of this delicate flower. 

What Does Cosmos Mean?

The word “cosmos” is a name given to the flower by Spanish priests who originally grew the flowers during their missions abroad. They were blown away by the flower’s petals, which are quite stately and evenly placed. As a result, they gave the flower the name “cosmos” to symbolize its order and harmony with the rest of the universe. 

This is a direct derivative of the Greek word “kosmos,” which means world order. Greeks thought that the natural world existed in perfect harmony. 

There are more than 20 known species of the cosmos flower, but all belong to the Compositae genus. These species are members of the Asteraceae family, which also includes daisies, sunflowers, and asters. 

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What Do Cosmos Symbolize?

Cosmos flowers are often used to symbolize order and harmony, due largely to the flower’s harmonious petals. However, the flower can also be viewed as symbolizing tranquility, peace, innocence, and love. 

The scent and bright color of the flower is the most common reason why the flower is viewed to symbolize peace and wholeness. 

Other meanings include modesty, balance, beauty, and joy. The meaning of this flower changes ever so slightly with its color. Interestingly, some people believe that cosmos flowers can symbolize people who have a hard time public speaking or otherwise expressing their thoughts.

What Does a Red Cosmos Mean?

Red cosmos flowers usually symbolize love and passion. 

What Does a Yellow Cosmos Symbolize?

Like many yellow flowers, yellow cosmos can symbolize friendship or even slighted love, a unique meaning that you don’t find with many other flowers.

What Does a White Cosmos Mean?

White cosmos flowers usually symbolize purity and faithfulness in romantic love. 

What is the Cultural Significance of a Cosmos?

Native to Mexico, the cosmos flower is a large family of more than 20 species. It can also be found in places like South Africa and the United States, where it has been imported over the years from places like Argentina. 

These flowers were brought to Spain from Mexico by the first Spanish explorers in the 1500s. Seeds were then collected and propagated before a cultivated variety was brought to American gardens in the mid-1800s. Spanish gardens commonly grew flowers in their gardens during their missions, too. 

Cosmos flowers have many medicinal uses in addition to their ornamental value. In Brazil, the flower has long been used to treat malaria. It also contains lutein, a compound with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

It is commonly used as a source of yellow dye in Central and South America, although this hasn’t been quite as popular in modern times. 

What is the Symbolism of a Cosmos Tattoo?

Usually viewed as a symbol of order, a cosmos tattoo may also be selected to represent modesty or peace, particularly with some sort of situation.

When Should You Give Someone a Cosmos?

Cosmos are the perfect flowers to give to a romantic partner or lover. They often represent the idea of walking hand in hand together. They can also symbolize all of the joys that life, and particularly love, can bring. 

Cosmos flowers are both beautiful and ornamental. Grown as traditional cottage garden plants, they make beautiful cut flowers. As the birth flower for the month of October, cosmos flowers are often used as gifts for people with birthdays in this month. The cosmos flower is also the second wedding anniversary flower, too. 

Regardless of the occasion, the cosmos flower is the perfect give when given in an arrangement or flower bouquet. It is one of the most popular flowers in the United States, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding it, either!

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