The affection of Valentine’s Day has ancient roots. Originating in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, it began as a celebration of purification, fertility, and the coming of spring. At the end of the 5th century, the Roman festival experienced a name change when Pope Gelasius rebranded it to commemorate Saint Valentine, a martyred priest who defied Emperor Claudius II by secretly marrying couples in love.
In our time, you don’t have to keep your love a secret, and nothing pronounces romance like florals on Valentine’s Day. Flowers are wonderful, but if you want to keep the romance alive, consider giving your lover these flowering plants—the perfect lasting declarations of Valentine’s Day love.
Orchids have been affectionately around since the Cretaceous period, about 120 million years ago. Long-lasting and exquisitely seductive, they’re one of nature’s most romantic expressions. There are over 30,000 species, so lovers can explore all the many varieties.
With their utterly romantic features, anthuriums communicate love with blooms all year round. They symbolize hospitality and exotic beauty and bring a warm tropical feel to any space.
Famous for its lush stress-relieving fragrance, jasmine unsurprisingly means “gift from God” in Arabic. In Asia, it’s often prepared in teas and made into garlands, and in Ayurveda medicine, it’s used to treat wounds and stimulate romance.
Violets have been cultivated since ancient Greece, about 500 BCE. Considered as symbols of love and fertility, they were used in wine, as herbal remedies, and to sweeten foods at festivals. Some think they have medicinal value. For sure, its deep color adds exceptional aesthetic value to usual surroundings.
Valentine’s Day is a time to lose yourself in the musings of romance. Send a loving message that lasts. Keep your love alive with these flowering plants! Your Valentine will be swept away by continual romance until it comes time to give another expression of your loving fidelity next year.