14 Popular Easter Flowers and What They Symbolize
The Easter season is a time of rebirth, and nowhere is that more evident than in our gardens. From the bright bulbs to the evergreen shrubs, the arrival of spring signals to our favorite flowers that it’s time to burst into bloom—and do they ever! Fragrant blossoms open to a rainbow of cheerful hues, from the scarlet reds and the vibrant oranges to the pastel blues and delicate lavenders. Each of these blossoms is a miracle of spring, and each comes with its own symbolism, many of which are ideal messages for Easter and reflect the spirit of the season. Take a spin through our favorite Easter flowers to spiff up your holiday arrangements; these beautiful blooms will inspire you to start planning your spring planting now. What are you waiting for? There’s no better way to celebrate Eastertime than with these gorgeous blossoms.
These Spring Blooms are Symbols of the Season
Azaleas and other rhododendron species are popular plants during the Easter season, as they bloom out in vibrant, delicate, multi-colored blossoms come spring and summer. Azaleas symbolize love, moderation, and temperance.
The arrival of the crocus signals the beginning of spring, and its pastel purple-and-gold-hued blooms make it a cheerful Eastertime flower. According to The Grumpy Gardener, Crocus chrysanthus will bring “sweetly scented blooms,” while Crocus tommasinianus is resistant to garden grazing and blooms out in “pink, lavender, lilac, white, and rose-purple.” The crocus symbolizes gladness, mirth, and youth.
Daffodil is an early-spring bloomer that bursts into all manner of yellow and cream-hued flowers come the end of winter. They're one of the first garden plants to flower in the new year, signaling the imminence of spring. It follows that daffodils symbolize the arrival of new life.
Easter cactus is an epiphytic succulent that blooms in spring and produces small, vibrant flowers in bright hues. The related dwarf Easter cactus (Hatiora rosea) produces rosy blooms. Both have come to symbolize the Easter season.
This fragrant, trumpet-shaped flower blooms in spring (usually from April to June) and is known as the “Easter lily,” a symbol of purity and resurrection during the Easter season.
According to The Grumpy Gardener, “A gardenia bush typically opens its main flush of blooms over several weeks in late spring and early summer. Flowers unfurl alabaster white into perfectly shaped corsages.” Giving the gift of a gardenia plant at Easter promises fragrant blooms in the coming days—and for years to come. Gardenias symbolize love, purity, and peace.
For vibrant garden color, turn to these daisies, which produce cheerful, many-petaled flowers beginning in spring and continuing throughout the year. Daisies symbolize purity, happiness, and contentment and are popular in arrangements year-round.
This fragrant plant blooms out in spring with tall stalks filled with clusters of purple, pink, and white blossoms. Hyacinth traditionally symbolizes sincerity and constancy, and it gets its name from a Greek myth involving the god Apollo and a young man named Hyacinthus.
Hydrangeas come in a variety of forms and colors, with oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) blooming in early to midsummer. When given during the Easter season, hydrangea blooms symbolize understanding and gratitude.
Iris is a beautiful spring bloomer, and the plant's bright blossoms bring vibrancy to gardens and arrangements across the South. Irises that bloom in deep purple hues symbolize royalty and inheritances of nobility and wisdom.
Orchids are often given as gifts during the Easter season, and they traditionally symbolize beauty, tolerance, and strength.
Species of Ranunclus, including the many cheery varieties of buttercups, are popular Easter flowers. In springtime, Ranunculus ficaria has yellow blooms, and Ranunculus asiaticus flowers in a variety of hues, including cream, pink, and red. These flowers symbolize charm and beauty.
These spring-blooming flowers begin as bulbs and produce showy blossoms on tall stems when warmer weather arrives each year. During the Easter season, tulips are symbols of love, belief, and forgiveness.