Purple Flowers - A Guide to Purple Flowers

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." -- Alice Walker
Purple Flowers

Purple flowers add a note of distinction and luxury when used in flower arrangements or bouquets. This guide offers an overview of the most popular purple flowers, what is their meaning and how are they used in arrangements.

Purple is a magical color, it’s both hot and cold at the same time, emerging simultaneously the radiance of red and the calmness of blue. It is a natural color, most of its shades holding the names of the flowers, plants or fruit which characterize them: violet, lilac, lavender, mulberry, plum, orchid or eggplant.

The color is traditionally attached to royalty, from the Roman Emperors which wore purple togas to the Elizabethan Age when the significance of the color purple was dictated by law and wearing this color was an index of social status.

In feng shui, purple should scarcely be used, since it is considered to be disturbing and cause blood diseases. However, it can be used in meditation rooms, since purple is said to stimulate peace of mind and boost creativity.

Purple flowers are, by excellence, a token of nobility, ceremony and distinction. Highly encountered in nature, these flowers are considered sacred in some Eastern cultures and were offered as tokens of worship to Gods and royalty figures. One example is Buddhism, where the purple lotus is considered a mystical flower. Recently, purple has been associated to gay pride.

Depending on the shade of purple, different meanings can be associated:

  • Deeper shades such as wine or eggplant symbolize glory and power.
  • Lighter shades such as lilac, violet or mauve are related to youth and feminine beauty.

When offering purple flowers one expresses deep admiration and respect.

As purple is correlated with spiritual fulfillment and good judgment, but moreover with luxury and power, such flowers are widely used in realizing majestic flower arrangements. Deep bright purple flowers symbolize riches, while lighter lavender or lilac flowers are romantic and feminine, being a popular choice for bouquets.

The spatial effect achieved by purple when used in arrangements is that of lightness, since purple objects appear lighter than objects of other colors.

When combining these flowers with other flowers, one needs to consider some basic color matching principles:

  • Purple flowers go well with yellow flowers as complementary colors create a high-contrast, psychedelic effect, both colors being equally highlighted in this combination.
  • Another expressionist mix is realized by putting together orange flowers with purple ones, for an eye-catching arrangement.
  • If one uses purple flowers as the attention grabber of an arrangement, the purple should be tempered with other colors such as: pink flowers, blue flowers and white flowers.
  • A conservative, but classy color combination is achieved by combining flowers of deep eggplant shades with beige or cream flowers.
  • For a striking effect, they can be combined with green flowers or greenery in bright jewel tones.
  • Light green flowers or greenery go well with lighter purple shades, giving a sensation of freshness and spring.
  • For a feminine, delicate touch, the best mix is to add pink flowers to a purple flower arrangement.
  • Red purple flowers can be used to add warmth to a cooler arrangement, while bluish shades are used to cool down a warmer one.

Use purple to add a royal allure to your wedding. Dark purple flowers with golden accents are best suited for a Christmas wedding, while soft lilac flowers combined with silver are a good choice for Easter or spring weddings. For a purple summer wedding, consider bright flowers in combination with complementary shades of yellow flowers.

Purple flowers are great both for bridal bouquets and centerpieces, since they offer a large variety of shades, textures and scents to work with.

The flowers most commonly used in weddings are: purple lilac for a springtime scented centerpiece, purple lily and purple calla lily in dark shades for bridal bouquets, purple orchids used in tropical wedding themes and velvety deep purple roses.

  • Purple Daisy

    Also called Western daisy, due to the fact that it originates in the lower Mississippi basin, the purple daisy comes in varieties of royal purple, han purple or orchid purple.

  • Purple Hydrangea

    An unusual color for this species, the purple hydrangea originates in eastern Asia, especially China, Korea or Japan. This flower has varieties which once planted, stay evergreen.

  • Purple Lilac

    Blooming in April, the purple lilac with its strong scent, brings a note of freshness and spring. This light shaded flower suggests humility, confidence and youth.

  • Purple Lily

    A hybrid between regal trumpet lilies and the more exotic Asiatic Lily, purple lilies come in a variety called Purple Prince. It has a leathery texture and a satin aspect, reaching a soft brown color at maturity.

  • Purple Calla Lily

    Purple calla lilies come in different varieties, the most popular shades being lavender, amethyst and bright purple.

  • Purple Rose

    The purple rose, a majestic and royal symbol, signifies enchantment and love at first sight or maternal/paternal love. Result of hybridization, this flower comes in a variety of purple shades and it is said to be the most fragrant species of roses.

  • Purple Orchid

    Regarded as tropical and exotic flowers, the purple orchids come in a large variety of colors and shapes, the most common being Orchis mascula. Being used especially in Ikebana, they stay in bloom for almost a month.

  • Purple Hibiscus

    Ranging in color from lilac to violet and plum, the purple hibiscus with its large bright flowers is a perfect choice to lighten up your garden and home. This purple flower is considered one of the best looking type of hibiscus.

  • Purple Carnation

    Purple carnations, a rare variety of carnations, are spontaneous and unpredictable. They are traditionally associated to change and capriciousness.