Magnolia Magic.

April 29, 2017  •  1 Comment

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.

 

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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.

 

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Symbolism of the Magnolia Flower.

There seem to be as many symbol interpretations about magnolias as there are people who love magnolias:

  • Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility.
  • In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness.
  • In the American South, white magnolias are commonly seen in bridal bouquets because the flowers are thought to reflect and emphasize the bride’s purity and nobility.

 

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Magnolia Flower Facts.

Magnolias may seem ever present but they are definitely not commonplace plants.

  • Magnolias grow on trees, not bushes and can live for a full century.
  • Magnolias cannot pollinate without the help of beetles. Their bright and sweet-smelling flowers help attract these beetles.
  • Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) became the state flower of Mississippi in 1952.
  • The fragrant magnolia, also called Siebold’s magnolia (Magnolia sieboldii), is North Korea’s national flower. It has a characteristic bulbous red centre.

 

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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.

  • White: represents the moon, any lunar goddess and for spells cast on Mondays.
  • Yellow: represents the sun, any solar goddess or god and for spells cast on Sundays.
  • Pink: represents the feminine, friends and love. Spells using pink flowers are best cast on Friday, the day belonging to love goddesses like Venus or Aphrodite.
  • Purple: associated with royalty since Roman times, is best for spells dealing with governments.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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Magnolia is traditionally thought to help with:

  • Lung problems
  • Congestion in the chest
  • Runny nose
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Digestive upsets like gas and constipation

In Russia, herbalists often prepare magnolia tree bark by soaking it in vodka.

 

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All info from the Flower Meanings site.

Some of my flower photos have been edited with Kim Klassen's LR Presets.

All photos © Henrietta Richer, unless otherwise stated.

 

 


Comments

1.Diana Foster(non-registered)
Wow, what a fantastic post. Love the images and text. Met in Kim's Studio 2.0.
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