The Daisy: Flower Meanings as Love Symbols

Daisy Flower Meanings Love Symbols

Daisy Flower Meanings as Love Symbols

The botanical name for the common daisy is bellis perennis which means beautiful (bellis) and forever (perennis). Quite a great start when talking in terms of love symbols! What’s better than ‘beautiful forever?!’

The old English name for the daisy is ‘day’s eye.’ This is due to the way the daisy blossom brightly opens to greet the sun, then gently closes up her petals at the end of the day.  This is such a tender sentiment of love, and greeting life with a sunny disposition every day.

Of course, most of us are familiar with the flower meanings of the daisy in connection with love with that age-old ritual ‘he loves me, he loves me not.‘ This childhood ritual of plucking the petals in tandem with speaking he loves me, or not has been a source of entertainment for little girls for ages. Heck, I did some petal plucking too…until my last petal was ‘he loves me not,’ then I quickly found other childish ways to determine my young, dreamy love life.

Dovetailing with the concept of being love symbols, daisies are also symbols of spring.  These two concepts are hugely linked. Spring is synonymous with love. Why? Because the earth warms, blooms start going bonkers, life returns to the earth after a long winter. Spring, and thus daisies are symbols of love because they remind us of the light, life, and beauty that surrounds us after a dark season.

Common Flower Meanings for the Daisy

  • Joy
  • Life
  • Love
  • Purity
  • Innocence
  • Childhood
  • Transformation
Daisy Flower Meanings Love Symbols
Daisy Flower Meanings Love Symbols

The daisy has a colorful history. As love symbols, the daisy can hold its own, but maybe not the kind of romantic love that first comes to mind. In Celtic myth, the daisy is symbolic the death of a child. That doesn’t like love at all, but there is more to the concept. To the ancient Celts, the daisy is a symbol of the love, purity and innocence our children bring into the world.  As per Celtic myth, the daisy represents the soul or spirit of a child passed on – and therefore, will forever be loved and remembered.

The daisy also raises its cheery head in Greek myth. Apparently, the nymph Belides turned herself into a daisy to avoid the constant romantic advances from Greek god of fruit orchards named Vertumnes. I know, as love symbols goes, this identity with the daisy might seem an odd match. But, as a sign of self-love and self-respect, Belides chose the high road, and they daisy is her symbol of doing just that. The daisy is a symbol of transformation coming about from loving oneself enough to make right choices. Belides and the daisy are also a reminder that even in the worst moments, we can make changes and show the world beauty in the process.

In Viking legend, the daisy is sacred to the goddess Freya. This connects the daisy and love symbols clearly because Freya is a goddess of…guess what…LOVE!  Yep.  As a love goddess, Freya is associated with sensitivity, compassion, intuition and sensuality.  Freya is also a crucial goddess of motherhood and childbirth. This makes Freya’s symbol, the daisy, a wink to motherly love.

At the end of the day, gazing at a happy field of daisies is symbolic of love enough.  These bright, cheery babies are a vibrant sign of life, love and simple joy.

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