Lilac Flowers: Everything You Need to Know About Them

by Robert Canning on October 08, 2021

Bouquets of lilac flowers are always on a gift givers' list. Lilacs are one of the most popular gift choices for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and graduations. They smell fantastic and make any occasion or holiday amazing. But there are some things you should know before choosing this flower as a gift. 

The Basics

The name lilac is derived from the Persian word “nilak,” which stands for blue or bluish. The botanical name of a lilac flower is Syringa vulgaris. It’s called various names as well, such as common lilac, French lilac and Nila. The flower has a sweet and heavenly smell. 

Unbeknownst to some, a lilac flower comes in various colours. However, the most popular shade is light blue, dark mauve and pale violet. 

In fact, each colour has different meanings: 

  • Purple: Infatuation, first love, the beginning of love, obsession, disappointment
  • White: Youthful innocence, innocent love, purity, chastity
  • Pink: Affection, acceptance
  • Violet: Spirituality
  • Blue: Healing, peace, bliss
  • Maroon: Life appreciation, life celebration, passion, energy

With these meanings, a lilac flower has now become an excellent gift idea. For one, if you are giving someone who has reached a spiritual awakening or discovering the wonders of the spiritual world, a violet lilac would be an excellent choice. 

On the other hand, blue lilacs are a great choice for people recovering from illness or trauma due to their calming effect. 

The white lilac flower is also used as a funeral flower because it symbolizes the purity of the soul. In fact, in Ancient Rome, the lilac was known as the flower of mourning in which the flower is placed in the tomb or crypt. 

Lilac Flowers for Anniversaries

Usually, a lilac flower is best given on the eighth wedding anniversary. The flower will serve as a reminder for the couple of their youth and their innocent fondness towards one another. 

Lilac Flowers in Spirituality

Indeed, the lilac flower plays a role in the world of spirituality. As mentioned, a violet lilac flower is often gifted to someone who is on a spiritual path. Furthermore, the violet hues are linked to religion and spirituality, which it’s believed that lilacs are a portal to invisible worlds. In this context, they symbolize the soul’s journey from the realm of the conscious to the subconscious and the super-consciousness. 

It’s not only that; lilac flowers are also associated with the element of water, world of fairies and benevolent spirits. In fact, in Astrology, lilacs are linked to Mercury, Venus and the Moon. 

Lilac Flowers in Feng Shui

In Feng Shui, lilacs symbolize patience, hope and humility. This is why keeping fresh lilac flowers in the house is encouraged because they bring positivity and life-giving energy. They are also considered a symbol of new beginnings and regeneration. 

Lilac Flowers for the Elderly

Some believe in the strong sense of nostalgia lilac flowers bring. It also symbolizes longevity, which makes it an excellent gift for the elderly. 

Buy Your Lilac Flowers Today

If you’re gifting these beautiful blossoms to someone, there are a few things you should know first. We hope this post helped you get to know more about this beautiful flower so you can choose the right bunch to give to a loved one or even yourself!

Order flowers online here at Upscale and Posh. We have beautiful lilacs and a wide range of other blooms for you to choose from. Get a free same-day express delivery across Dubai and the UAE today. 


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