In Victorian times, flowers took on significance as a way to send coded messages; this was known as floriography from the Latin combining flora—“goddess of flowers” and graphein—“writing”.  Each flower had a meaning that was conveyed to the viewer or receiver of the flower or bouquet of flowers—the lily of the valley represented humility, the coral rose represented desire and passion, the white lily represented purity, and so on.

I took a large number of photos in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Unfortunately, I cannot identify some of the flowers.  Please reply and leave the number on the picture and the flower you believe it is in the reply.  Then I can write about the meaning of each.  Let me know if you can identify any of the following:






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4 Responses to Help!

  1. Hi,
    Not sure about most of these flowers, but I believe the ones depicted in photo four are morning glories.


  2. Joan Doyle says:

    I believe that the flowers on the stone in photo #2 with the name Augusta are Forget-me-nots.

    Thank you for a wonderful blog. I love the variety and information of your posts.

    Joan Doyle

  3. Mary Ellen Wilson says:

    My sister and I looked through these and have the following guesses:

    1. May be a type of Canna.

    2. Looks like a type of Daisy. The stone is so worn that some of the detail is missing, but the flower on the lower left and the ‘ferny’ looking leaves led us to the daisy.

    3. This one is a bit tricky because there aren’t any leaves to help identify, but we believe this is Clematis. It could also be poinsettia, which was introduced to the U.S. In the early 1800’s. Another possibility is vinca, but the proportion of the blooms does not fit. There seems to be some Yarrow peeking through.

    4. Nasturtium with fern, below.

    5. Carnation

    Hope that helps!

  4. biancabirney says:

    Yes the last one is a carnation

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