Historically, people used to believe that plants and trees possess magical powers and special properties (i.e heal illness, bring about luck, make dreams come true). Here are some superstitions surrounding flowers that you may or may not have heard of:
- In Russia, it is considered bad luck to give a woman an even number of flowers. Even numbers are reserved for the dead.
- Blow a dandelion seed head with one breath. The number of seeds left is the number of children you will have.
- Wearing a day lily or poppy will help a person forget his troubles.
- In ancient times, farmers believed that poppies should be grown in the cornfield to ensure a good crop
- If a woman had more than one lover, she can determine which one she will end up with by writing their names on rose leaves and throwing them in the wind. The leaf that touches the ground last is the one she will marry.
- Men can find out if their relationship will last by keeping a freshly picked bachelor’s button in their pocket for 24 hours. If the flower is still fresh and did not wilt afterwards, the relationship will be long-lasting.
- In the past, roses were planted near graves to protect the dead from evil. Red roses were planted at the graves of lovers and white roses at the graves of virgins.
- Pansies, with their heart-shaped petals, were thought to have magical love powers. People created love potions using pansies.
- If a woman plants flowers when she is menstruating, they will die.
- Marigolds were thought to ward off witches and witchcraft.
- If a woman eats the tubers of orchids, she will have a baby girl. If the husband eats the tubers, they will have a baby boy.
- Place a daisy root under your pillow to have a dream about your future spouse.
- It is considered unlucky to give flowers to performers before a show. Hold off until the end of the show.
For even more superstitions, you can read our Bizarre Beliefs blog post.
Do you know of any others? Comment below.