freesia flower meaning

Freesia Flower Meaning and Symbolism

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Freesias are known for their delicate blooms and overwhelming, plying scents of citrus. In their native range, they bloom in the spring, offering a pop of color just after the final snows have receded. 

However, freesias are always in season with florists. You’ll find these flowers dotting the displays at most floral shops around the world. 

Did you know that freesias are not only widely available, but also incredibly symbolic? These beautiful blooms are filled with symbolism that you deserve to know about. 

What Does Freesia Mean?

The word “freesia” is shared by both the common and scientific naming system for this flower. 

The flowers were named after a botanist, Friedrich H.T. Freese, by a fellow botanist, Christian P. Ecklon. Named as a tribute to the friendship shared by the gentlemen, the freesia’s symbolism holds true to this initial origin.

What Do Freesias Symbolize? 

Freesia flowers have countless meanings, many of which make sense given the flower’s sweet, cloying appearance and scent. Freesias can be used to symbolize both trust and friendship. However, they can also symbolize sweetness and innocence, too. 

What Does a White Freesia Mean?

Most often used as a wedding flower,  the white freesia symbolizes purity and innocence, usually the purity and innocence of the bride. 

They can also be used to symbolize trust (in a wedding, that trust would be between the bride and groom). You may also find flower girls scattering petals of white freesias, too. 

What Does a Red Freesia Symbolize?

As is the case with many other red flowers, a red freesia usually symbolizes passion or passionate love. 

What Does a Pink Freesia Mean?

Usually, pink freesias are seen to represent motherly love – the love that a mother has for her son or daughter. 

What Does a Yellow Freesia Symbolize?

Yellow freesias symbolise the idea of joy and renewal. They can also be used to represent friendship and the trust shared between friends – a common meaning for yellow flowers. 

What is the Cultural Significance of a Freesia?

Freesias rose to popularity in the 1950s, having graced thousands of weddings and other special events ever since. 

In Victorian times, freesias were most often used to symbolize a secret message – that’s where the symbol of trust comes from with this beautiful flower. 

Today, as well as frequently in the past, freesias were used primarily for their fragrance. Therefore, freesies are often used to provide a citrusy aroma to soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, candles, and potpourri.

While the lovely scent of a freesia is reason enough to use it in a personal care product, it is also believed to relieve stress and encourage relaxation. 

What is the Symbolism of a Freesia Tattoo?

Freesia tattoos are hugely popular, in addition to a number of other flower tattoos. A delicate bloom, the freeise typically symbolizes refreshing themes like innocence, wisdom, perseverance, friendship, trust, and adoration. 

As a versatile bloom, the freesia can be used to add meaning and symbolism to just about any tattoo. 

When Should You Give Someone a Freesia?

Freesias are often used as wedding flowers. They can add fragrance and color to any display, making them a good choice in bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, and in table centerpieces. 

They can also be used to symbolize your gratitude. Usually, they are given to say thank you to someone who has performed well under difficult circumstances.

In the United States, the freesia is the symbol for the seventh wedding anniversary, so it makes sense to give somebody a freesia on this occasion, too. 

Freesias can really be given on any occasion, since the meaning changes depending on the person and on the presentation. Give a freesia to a friend – it can symbolize the trust you share or as a symbol of your deep appreciation. 

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