Meaning of Plants: Plant Symbolism

The secret meanings behind the plants in our LEGO® Botanicals Collection

There’s something truly wonderful about giving and receiving plants.

Since ancient times, different cultures and traditions have believed that plants hold deep spiritual meaning.

But as generations have come and gone, our society has become less familiar with these symbols.

It’s still as relevant as ever though, because knowing what plants represent can help you pick out the perfect gift.

Whether it’s a housewarming, a birthday or something to brighten somebody’s day, we have plants for every personality and every occasion...

Red roses: a sign of true love

Gifting red roses is the ultimate romantic gesture, which is why the LEGO® Icons Bouquet of Roses is perfect gift for someone you love...especially on Valentine’s Day, or any occasion for that matter. The red rose has been associated with true love, passion, desire and romance for years. Not only will they make someone special very happy – they’ll never wilt.

In the LEGO set you’ll get a dozen red roses with four sprigs of baby’s breath – beautiful to display in your home or office. All you need is a vase!

Flower Bouquets: Something to celebrate

Whenever there’s something to celebrate, you can’t go wrong with a colorful bouquet of flowers.

Representing love, adoration and celebration, a flower bouquet can be gifted for most occasions making it a versatile gift option.

Lucky for you, there are two different LEGO® brick ones to choose from. The classic LEGO Flower Bouquet features roses, daisies and snapdragons whereas the new LEGO Wildflower Bouquet includes eight different species of wildflowers like lavenders, cow parsley and Welsh poppies.

Lavender represents serenity, grace and calmness, so this bouquet is the perfect first set for adults who want to be introduced to the mindful, relaxing benefits of LEGO building.

Better yet, why not combine the two bouquets and mix and match them to create your very own unique flower arrangement?

Yep, LEGO brick flowers are IN!

Dried flowers: Everlasting bonds

While the art of preserving flowers has been around for thousands of years, it’s having a BIG moment right now.

Dried flowers are a symbol of unconditional love and undying memories, making them perfect for occasions where you’d like to give thanks or let someone know how much they mean to you (like a bridesmaid gift or Thanksgiving display).

Top tip: You can style this LEGO Dried Flower Centerpiece flat on a surface or hang it on the wall. If you buy more than one, the sets can be connected to make one big wreath.

This LEGO set was created with social building in mind, so you can enjoy putting it together with another person, thanks to its split design. Spending time with a loved one and making more memories is what LEGO building is all about, after all.

Orchids: Express love and affection

If you want to show someone that you love and care about them, there are so many beautiful plants to choose from. We recommended opting for something meaningful, like an orchid.

Flowers have their own language, and the delicate orchid is all about the language of love. Symbolizing love, beauty and luxury, an orchid is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, anniversaries or weddings, and it makes a nice change from the classic go-to roses (as much as we love them).

These elegant flowers are known for being hard to keep alive, but we guarantee you won’t have that problem with this one. It even comes with a buildable pot!

Succulents: Help someone stay strong

When somebody is going through a hard time, or your friend is having a bad day, or it’s a Monday, help someone get through with a plant that shows ‘you got this’.

Succulents represent strength, tenacity and positivity, making it an ideal gift to show your support.

Just like LEGO bricks, a cactus can stand the test of time, even in the desert heat, so they’re a real reminder to keep going, and not give up. And what a lovely message that is.

Our LEGO Botanicals succulents allow you to build and display a variety of different plants from the succulent family like cacti, agave and aloe (the latter symbolizing beauty and good health).

Or why not consider the new and adorable LEGO Icons Tiny Plants, featuring tough desert plants like cacti alongside some tropical and carnivorous plants. The perfect pick-me-up for a friend in need.

Birds of Paradise: A job well done!

Looking for a way to tell someone ‘Congratulations’ or ‘You rock’? The Birds of Paradise flower symbolizes success, excellence and freedom, making it the perfect plant to give someone for their graduation, a new job, a promotion or achieving something awesome.

The exotic flower will bring a bright, tropical pop to any room.

Known for being a great indoor plant, our LEGO brick version is just as impactful and the biggest in our collection (since Birds of Paradise plants can grow up to 6 feet (2 m) tall, just like your trophy cabinet).

Bonsai Tree: Give the gift of peace

For those who like to come home to a peaceful, tranquil space after a long day, this plant is for you.

As you might know, building with LEGO bricks has proven to help mindfulness and relaxation, so if you have a friend who’s always on the go, or who has a stressful job, let them find their flow and escape for a while by building a LEGO bonsai tree.

Bonsai trees symbolize peace, calm and harmony, so they bring a sense of chill to one’s feng shui. They’re also known to bring good luck.

Surrounding yourself with plants with certain meanings can bring positive energy and good vibes to your home. That’s why a bonsai tree makes a great housewarming gift!

Daffodils: Fresh starts and new beginnings

The sight of a bright yellow daffodil bursting up from the ground is an instant sign that winter is ending and spring is coming, as these hardy flowers are one of the first flowers to bloom when it gets warmer outside. Daffodils are therefore a brilliant gift to mark a new lease of life or a fresh start (like a change of job or new home).

They’re perhaps most famous in their bright yellow form but are just as common in white. Our LEGO Daffodils set has a couple of each along with adjustable stems and long, slender leaves. If you want to welcome in the spring or just add a splash of optimism to someone’s life, daffodils are the perfect choice.

Sunflowers: Brighten up their world

All flowers bloom brightest in the summer, but one flower stands above all the others (literally). We’re talking, of course, about the stunning yellow sunflower, an unmistakable flower that brings joy and inspires awe with its incredible height and large, sun-loving head. The heads, in fact, love the sun so much that they turn to follow it during the course of the day.

So, if you want to brighten someone’s day, or give the gift of positivity, say hello to our LEGO Sunflowers set.

Tulips: Perfect for any occasion

Tulips are one of the most popular flowers in the world and they symbolize perfect love, so we naturally think they’re perfect for any occasion. Famous for the extraordinary variety of colors and patterns and for the soft, cup-like petals, they brighten up parks, gardens and rooms around the world.

The LEGO Tulips set pays homage to this variety by including three different blooms – one white, one purple and one yellow – each one with an adjustable stem for fitting into the vase of your choice.

If you’re looking for a lovely gift or a perfect bit of mindful building, then you’ve met your match with our wonderful tulips.

So, now you know the meaning behind the plants. And if you’re anything like us, you’re ready to surround yourself (and your home) with positive plant energy! Explore the full LEGO Botanical Collection here for a dose of flower power.

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