All About the Daisy History and Symbolism

All About the Daisy: History and Symbolism

Daisies are dainty and cheery flowers that we can’t get enough of. In Norse mythology, the flower is representative of Freya, the goddess of beauty, love, and motherhood, and so it can be given to new mothers and lovely children.

Now, it has a rich history and fabulous symbolism that is worth knowing. Besides, we occasionally give English or gerbera daisies to someone we love and care for.

So read on to know more about what makes daisies stand out from other flowers!

The History of the Charming Daisy

The History of the Charming Daisy

Compared to roses, daisies are a much younger blossom that first sprouted over four thousand years ago.

Hairpins with daisy designs were excavated on the site of a Minoan Palace in Crete. The structure was built roughly between 2,000 and 1,900 B.C.

Likewise, there were ceramic items with daisies decorated on them used by ancient Egyptians. From this, you can see how much these people loved and appreciated the flower.

During medieval times or the Middle Ages (476 -1,450 A.D.), the period between when the Roman civilization collapsed and before the Renaissance period, daisies were often the subject of artworks.

In the 19th century, the phrase, ups-a-daisy, began to be used to tell children to get up after falling or stumbling. Later, it evolved into whoops-a-daisy or oops-a-daisy, which is a remark said after making a mistake or stumbling.

The use of the word continued into the 90s. In the 1993 modern cowboy film Tombstone, Doc Holliday says sarcastically to his opponent, “You’re no daisy. No daisy at all,” meaning that the person is not cool or excellent.

And the great Shakespeare also expressed Ophelia’s innocence with the daisy chain symbol in Hamlet. Furthermore, William Wordsworth wrote a beautiful poem, To The Daisy, the excerpt of which can be read below:

But now my own delights I make,

My thirst at every rill can slake,

And gladly Nature’s love partake

Of Thee, sweet Daisy!

The Symbolism of Daisy Flowers

The Symbolism of Daisy Flowers

The word daisy was called the ‘day’s eye’ in the Old English language. That’s since the petals cover the yellow center at night and the flower blooms fully and beautifully during the day.

Daisy is a cheer-up flower with lovely white, pink, lavender, mixed red and yellow hues, among others. According to a Celtic legend, God sprinkled daisies on Earth to uplift the heart of parents experiencing loss.

Aside from that, it symbolizes three other qualities, namely trustworthiness, adventurousness, and positivity.

Its other meanings are abstinence and transformation. This meaning originated from the Roman myth concerning Vertumnus and Belides.

The Roman God of the seasons and gardens Vertumnus became madly in love with Belides who was a nymph—a guardian of nature that’s usually imagined as a beautiful maiden.

So to escape his obsessive love and affection without hurting him, she transformed herself into a field of daisies.

And interestingly, Bellis which is the scientific name of the daisy, is taken from the nymph’s name, Belides.

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