There are dozens of true and false lilies with purple petals, but they all share some basic meanings. Lilies were a symbol of royalty, as seen with the lily-inspired fleur de lis symbol. Purple was also a color restricted only to the royal families for many centuries due to the rarity of the dye. Put the two meanings together and the lily is the perfect symbol of grace, royal bearing, and dignity.
There are lightly lavender and mostly pink roses in nature, but the deep purple bloom only comes from the use of dye. These colored roses are used for celebrating the 25 year wedding anniversary of a couple. Lighter and more natural varieties of the purple rose symbolize calmness, achievement, and living your dream.
You can sniff a lavender scented candle to calm yourself, so it’s no wonder that Victorian language of flowers experts considered this plant a symbol of calmness and dignity. The light purple blossoms are perfect for inspiring serenity, whether you’re giving the gift of a fresh bundle of sprigs or dried buds for using in tea and baked goods.
Aside from making a tasty herbal tea that is refreshing in the summer, the purple hibiscus flower comes with an air of mystery and delicate beauty. Also known as the Rose of Sharon, the short lived blossoms represent the fleeting nature of love and life. Try adding a few to a bouquet for a student to inspire them to learn even more.