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lilac

Lilac

THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF
lilac

The story of lilac, according to Greek mythology, begins with a beautiful nymph named Syringa (lilacĺs botanical name). Captivated by her beauty, Pan, the god of the forests and fields, chased Syringa through the forest. Frightened by Panĺs affections, Syringa escaped him by turning herself into an aromatic bush ľ the flower we now refer to as lilac.

The 8th wedding anniversary flower and the state flower of New Hampshire (symbolizing the hardy character of the Granite Stateĺs citizens), lilacs are frequently considered a harbinger of spring, with the time of their bloom signaling whether spring will be early or late. In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence.



 
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