Gentian Violet Flower Symbolism

The word “gentian” comes from the Latin words gentein (meaning “of or belonging to God”) and virgo (meaning “virgin”). These two meanings are combined into one meaning which means, “God’s gift.” Thus, it is a symbol of the divine. It represents purity and innocence. The violet color signifies purity and innocence.

It also denotes the feminine principle in nature. A violet is associated with the moon. Therefore, it represents the feminine principle in nature.

In ancient times, when flowers were used to decorate homes and temples, they were often called “virgins”. They represented virginity because their petals had no stain or blemish. Hence, these flowers symbolized purity and innocence. Today, however, most people associate the term “garden” with a garden of some sort rather than a literal virgin garden. However, the concept of a garden still exists.

As far as symbolism goes, the violet is associated with love and romance. It is also associated with beauty and femininity. Since it symbolizes purity and innocence, it symbolizes love. In fact, the word “violet” itself means “pure.” Therefore, this flower represents pureness in nature.

It represents femininity since its petal color is pink and because it resembles a woman’s face. The word “violet” comes from the word “viola,” which is Latin for a type of plant. From this, we get the word “violate,” which means “to defile.” The flower has no unpleasant scent or taste. To some, it even has a pleasant taste.

The flower represents love because its petals are usually purple in color. Each petal has a slight tint of blue, white, or pink. The flower has a star-like shape, which also symbolizes the star of love. Furthermore, the five petals resemble the shape of a heart. Each petal represents a quality of love.

The first is friendship, the second is intimacy, the third is sexuality, the fourth is commitment, and the fifth is marriage. It also resembles the shape of a hand. The five fingers are said to symbolize these five qualities as well.

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