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Top 9 Flowers That Symbolize Wealth

Top 9 Flowers That Symbolize Wealth

Plants and flowers symbolism is a prominent art in several cultures. From the time of Ancient Egyptians, people would choose specific flowers in their flower arrangements to honor specific deities or bring certain energies into their lives. (1)

Choosing flowers that symbolize wealth and abundance is recommended if you want to fill your life with positive vibes. So, whether you’re choosing to grow these pretty flowers in your garden or want to prepare a bouquet for a loved one, I’ll tell you about the most wealth-inviting flowers that you shouldn’t miss.

The following flowers have been considered lucky charms by many throughout the years. They might have been popular in one region and then traveled to the rest of the world with merchants and travelers. You can see how significant these flowers are by taking a look at artwork produced in a certain era to see how serious our ancestors were about flower symbolism. 

Flowers that symbolize wealth are: Gazania, Lotus, Peruvian Lily, Peonies, Chrysanthemum, Orchid, Spirea, Bee Balm, and the Japanese Rose.

1. Gazania

Gazania flower.
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The beautiful gazania flower is named after Theodor of Gaza, the famous Greek scholar who translated botanical work from Greek to Latin. The word “Gaza” meant riches and fortune in Ancient Greek, and this led to the flower’s well-known nickname; the fortune flower. 

The gazania is native to South Africa, and it’s a low-maintenance, drought-resistant flower that brightens up any space. You can plant it in mid to late spring, and it will start blooming within 12 weeks, growing beautiful flowers that come in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. (2)

Growing gazania in your garden will attract butterflies and other pollinators. In cut flower arrangements, gazanias will bring riches and prosperity to a household. 

2. Lotus

Lotus flower.
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The Nymphaea lotus, or white Egyptian lotus, is probably one of the oldest and most famous flowers, as it held a special status in Ancient Egyptian culture. During ancient times this flower was worshiped, as it was associated with welfare and abundance, and many deities were pictured holding the sacred lotus flower. It’s still considered the national flower of Egypt. (3)

The lotus flower grows in several parts of Asia and Europe, where it’s usually grown in ponds and slow-moving rivers. Some varieties can even grow in indoor containers. 

In Chinese Feng Shui, the lotus is associated with abundance, fertility, prosperity, compassion, and perfection. However, images of the lotus flower are more commonly used than the actual flower itself. (4)

3. Peruvian Lily

Peruvian Lily.
Peruvian Lily
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Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, also known as Alstroemeria, isn’t actually a true lily, but the colorful summer blooms grow from lance-shaped foliage, making this flower look a lot like a lily. 

The Peruvian lily grows on the colder mountain slopes of Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, where a Swedish botanist discovered it in the 18th century. Some hybrids bloom in the first year, while others don’t bloom until their second year, with beautiful flowers that come in shades of pink, purple, orange, yellow, red, and white. 

Thanks to its bright colors, the Peruvian lily is quite common in cut flower arrangements, as it symbolizes wealth, fortune, and prosperity, and it can last for up to two weeks in a vase. When it was transferred to Europe, the flower got a new meaning, as it symbolized love and honor. (5)

4. Peonies

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Peonies are spring-blooming stars that add beauty to any garden. More than 33 species of these flowers grow in different parts of North America, Asia, and Europe, but you can definitely grow peonies in your garden as long as the soil and sun conditions are suitable. 

People usually associate peonies with wealth and abundance because the flowers grow in clusters. They come in shades of white, pink, rose, coral, red, and deep purple and bloom from spring to summer, depending on the variety. 

In ancient times, peonies were used to flavor food, but the flowers became quite popular during the Tang Dynasty in Ancient China, where the peony was planted in Imperial gardens and later named the King of Flowers. (6)

5. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum flowers.
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The Chrysanthemums or garden mum is a beautiful flower from the daisy family, and it’s a fall-blooming flower that adds brightness and color to your garden when other flowers can’t withstand the low temperature. 

This beautiful and hardy flower holds a special significance in Chinese and Japanese cultures. In Victorian times, the flower was used to express meanings of friendship, and in Australia, it’s a significant flower in Mother’s Day flower arrangements. (7)

The garden mum is a fast-growing flower, blooming in its first season, with flowers that come in shades of red, pink, maroon, orange, yellow, bronze, green, purple, and white. Although the flower is associated with wealth, abundance, and prosperity, some colors are more relevant thanks to its multi-layered petals. People usually associate the yellow, orange, and golden ones with prosperity. 

6. Orchid

Orchid flowers.
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The orchid flower grows on every continent except Antarctica, and this explains why it holds a special meaning in several ancient cultures. 

In Ancient Greece, the orchid was the flower of fertility, wealth, and joy. The Aztecs believed in the power of this flower, so they mixed it with vanilla and chocolate to prepare an elixir. In Japan and China, orchids were used for their medicinal benefits and are still kept in homes today to invite good energy. (8)

You can grow orchids in your garden or indoor containers because these flowers are resilient and relatively easy to take care of. In nature, most orchids are epiphytes, sticking to hardscape elements in your garden. In a pot, you need to imitate their natural growing conditions and provide them with a special orchid fertilizer to encourage blooming. 

There are numerous varieties of orchids that grow pink, red, yellow, orange, purple, green, and white flowers. However, most people associate purple orchids with wealth and abundance because this color is related to class, elegance, and royalty. (9)

7. Spirea

Spirea flower.
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The name spirea refers to a family that contains more than 100 species of flowering plants that grow in different parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The most common types are the bridal wreath, gold flame, and gold mound spirea, which add exceptional beauty to any landscape. The flowers also attract butterflies and other pollinators. 

The spirea flowers prefer to grow in full sun but can tolerate some shade. The blooms come in shades of pink, yellow, golden, purple, orange, cream, and white, depending on the variety. 

Since spirea flowers grow in clusters, they are associated with prosperity, wealth, and abundance. The flower holds a special status in the Celtic culture, where it was usually used for wedding celebrations, thanks to its lovely and delicate appearance. The flowers were also used for medicinal purposes. (10)

8. Bee Balm

Bee Balm flower.
Bee Balm
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(CC BY 2.0)

Bee balm is a wildlife flower from the Monarda family, and it stays in bloom for an extended period, attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden. There are about 15 types that belong to this flower family, growing blooms that come in shades of purple, red, lavender, pink, and white, depending on the variety. 

The flowers are easy to grow as long as you provide good air circulation to decrease the risk of powdery mildew. Bee balms have a tendency to spread uncontrollably if left neglected, and this is probably why they’re associated with meanings of wealth and abundance. 

Native Americans and the early immigrants used this flower to make medicinal drinks to treat cold and flu symptoms. The flower was also used to ease the pain of bee stings. In modern times, people usually draw tattoos of the bee balm flower as a symbol to attract prosperity and abundance. (11)

9. Japanese Rose

Japanese Rose.
Japanese Rose
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The Japanese rose, or kerria, is native to Japan and China, where it originally grew on the wet slopes of mountains. Later, it traveled to Europe and North America, where it grows in home gardens as a spring-blooming flowering shrub. 

The yellow flowers of the Japanese rose symbolize elegance and wealth because, according to the Ancient Japanese legend, a man dropped some gold coins into a valley, and they later grew into these beautiful flowers along the lake. (12)

This plant tolerates different types of soil and can grow in partial shade. However, it requires extensive pruning if you want to use the shrubs to create a hedge, and you should remove the suckers regularly to prevent the shrubs from spreading too aggressively. 

When used for flower arrangements, you need to cut the branches before the flowers open, so they can stay in bloom for a long period. 

The Final Takeaway

Understanding what each flower means will help you while choosing the suitable blooms to grow in your garden, indoor containers, or use in a cut flower arrangement. All the beautiful flowers I mentioned in this article will invite good energy with a focus on wealth and prosperity and will deliver this message if you send them as a gift to someone you care about. 

So, which flower are you most attracted to? Let me know in the comments.



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