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More September Flower Lore

More September Flower Lore

Flowers, perhaps more than any other part of the natural world, are fascinating because of the many layers of meaning people have shrouded them in throughout history.

There is a whole sub-category of etiquette surrounding which flowers are appropriate to give at what times, and to whom. The unending rules surrounding something so simple as a flower can be dizzying.

Another aspect of flower lore concerns the designated flowers for each month of the year. What many people don’t realize is that most months actually have two official flowers. Last year, we looked at one of September’s official flowers, the aster. The other is the morning glory.

The name “morning glory” can refer to any of more than 1,000 species of viny, herbaceous plants that produce bright, trumpet-shaped flowers. They range in color from white through pink to deep purple, with purples and blues among the most commonly grown varieties.

Cultivated morning glories are most often annuals, but are popular garden flowers because they spread easily, are tolerant of poor soil, and like to climb. Each flower lasts only a single day, blooming near dawn and withering by day’s end, to be replaced by a new flower the next day.

The stems of some varieties of morning glories were traditionally eaten in Asia, and the flowers can be used to make a mildly hallucinogenic alcoholic beverage. In ancient China, the seeds were used as an herbal laxative. The plant was also used in Mesopotamia to harden rubber, millennia before Charles Goodyear invented the process of vulcanization.

According to the Victorian language of flowers, morning glories symbolize love in vain. They also represent daintiness, due to their delicate appearance and short lifespan.

2 comments

1 Tina W { 09.20.12 at 10:51 am }

Morning Glory is my favorite flower followed by sunflowers! Grow the two together and you have a great looking garden and the work well together. The morning glories climbing the sunflowers while giving them more stability. Try it!

2 Alicia N { 09.19.12 at 5:58 pm }

I love flowers so much. the aster, chrysanthenum, daffodils and sweet pea are just absolutely beautiful! I plant flowers every spring after the last frost. Right now i have marigolds in my planters by my little sidewalk. Ive never payed too much attention to the ‘Morning Glory’ but they look very pretty. I love the royal blue. Do you think its too late for me to be planting new flowers? because I just love my flowers, i spent so much time growing them last spring. I used to live in Mississippi and now im north :( now im in the shenandoah valley in virginia and its already becoming chilly. This is the first year of me living here, how will the fall and winter season impact my gardening? i have no idea when it will frost, snow or anything. Back home nothing went truly dormant. A few frosts but not enough to ruin my flowers. Im big on gardening lol! Will I have to get more accustomed to the winter season? I moved in March and this is like a surprise to me (ive never had to protect them from hard freezes and wintry weather) Thank you so much for the flower lore

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