Agapanthis Meaning

What does the Agapanthis mean?

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Flowers always have symbolisms attached to them – and it can either be negative or positive.

But what makes agapanthis flower quite special is that it relates to love - mostly.  From the name itself which is of a Greek derivation, it translates simply as the flower of love - a love that’s cloaked inside of a man’s heart but never lacking in pureness and depth.

The symbolism of love during courtship stage might all be the doing of Queen Victoria.  Before her, the agapanthis was seen to be a symbol for healthy baby.  The highly revered Queen made some tweaks on its meaning and with the passage of time - the agapanthis came to be a flower for love that is concealed and chaste.  So it has both a secret symbolism about love and also an overt one.  For the simple beauty of the flower, it’s also a blossom that represents beauty in retirement – so it’s not also rare to see a wreath made up agapanthis atop a coffin. That’s why it is believed that Queen Victoria’s casket was adorned with this lovely flower.

Name:  Agapanthis

Color:  Various hues of blue and purple.

Shape: When you look at the agapanthis flower, it has a semi circular shape as a cluster.  But if you take the parts of the clusters singularly, the agapanthis is mainly funnel shaped.

Fact:  If you’re doing some research on this type of flower but you can’t really find that many resources on it, try it with its other names like the African lily or the lily of the Nile.  The name agapanthus is derived from the Greek word, agape that means love.  The other part of the name, anthos - means flower.

Poisonous:  Yes, but particularly more on the plant sap in its leaves.  It’s bad for animals like dogs but it’s a suspect in creating hemolytic poisoning and also ulceration of the mouth in humans.

Number of Petals:  Six petals for every funnel that forms the cluster.

Victorian Interpretation:  Simply stated, agapanthis is known as the flower of love.  But it didn’t really start out like that.  At first it was used as a symbolism for the healthy baby.  However, Queen Victoria made us to see agapanthis in a different light – a sign of concealed love or undying love that adds more luster during courtship.

Blossom Time:  June to July - but some type of agapanthis can bloom during fall as well.

Superstitions:  There’s nothing really bad attached to the flower of love, the agapanthis.  For the most part, it’s such a pretty kind of flower that it’s mainly related to weddings.  If you’re looking for the perfect something blue to add to your wedding, the agapanthis in your bouquet would be it.

What the Agapanthis Means:  Concealed love, beauty in retirement, chaste love

The Shape:  It is a bell shaped flower - that is if you take the flowerets on its own.  As a cluster, it’s going to be shaped like a semi circle or like a bouquet of small lilac flowers.

Petals:  There are numerous petals in an agapanthis cluster. But if you look closely, you’ll see that the cluster is made of funnels of flowers with six petals going around the stamen.

Numerology:  Agapanthis flowers fall under numerology as number 6.  It’s a number of special significance that mainly pertains to law and order.  The number 6 is something that is looked on in numerology as perfect.  It’s symmetrical and it’s the number of the soul.

Color:  The main color is lilac or blue violet.  However, there are varieties of the agapanthis blossom that you might be able to find in white.  Because of its color and beauty, it’s the rightful blossom to be named as the flower of love.

Herbalism and Medicine:  The agapanthis is mainly used for heart related ailments.  It also helps with coughs, colds and the feeling of tightness.

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