While I was visiting Cornwall, apart from the camellias and rhododendrons, the magnolia trees were also in various stages of bloom.
According to the Magnolia Society, there are currently around 240 known species and new varieties are being developed all of the time.
Etymological Meaning of the Magnolia Flower.
A French botanist, Pierre Magnol (1638 – 1715), gave his name to magnolias, but the Chinese began naming magnolias long before the 1600s. What botanists have been calling Magnolia officialis, the Chinese call hou po.
There seem to be as many symbol interpretations about magnolias as there are people who love magnolias:
Magnolia Flower Facts.
Magnolias may seem ever present but they are definitely not commonplace plants.
Magnolia Flower Color Meanings.
Although magnolias are most seen with white petals, some species come in pink, yellow or purple. In modern Paganism and Wicca, colors of flowers are used in spells for petitioning certain goddesses.
Botanical Characteristics of the Magnolia Flower.
Magnolias are thought to be one of the first flowering plants to evolve on Earth. According to the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, fossil remains show that magnolias have existed for around 100 million years.
Magnolia flowers and bark have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Today, magnolia flowers and bark can be found in pills, powders, teas or tinctures.
Magnolia is traditionally thought to help with:
In Russia, herbalists often prepare magnolia tree bark by soaking it in vodka.
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