The red rose, in particular, is known for love. The delicate petals, sweet scent, and yes, thorns all play a part in its symbolism. Other flowers, such as lavender and chamomile have aphrodisiac qualities that lead to a sense of euphoria, arousal, and excitement.
What is the appeal of flowers? Is it the color? The scent? The texture? All of the above?
As a writer, I’m drawn to books with symbolism, whether flowers or other objects. One of the most popular young adult books ever written, Twilight by Stephanie Meyers, had an apple on the book cover. The apple represented ‘forbidden fruit’. Isn’t fruit a by-product of a flower? Using flowers as symbolism in writing is powerful.
In my novel, Untouchable Lover, I use a rose as symbolism for lost innocence. The untouched beauty of the rose floating down amid a tense, physical scene represents the falling away of innocence. The contrast of the rose amid the chaos is a nice contradiction.
Symbolism is everywhere if you look. Art, architecture, photos are just a few places. Gee, maybe there’s even symbolism in names? What do you think?