What Flower Are You?

Categories: flowers

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably taken the “What Flower Are You?” quiz. The quiz questions are pretty random (and frequently misspelled, but don’t get me started on that), and they purport to determine what flower best defines your personality. I took the Facebook quiz and the result was “Daisy”—one of the few quiz results I actually liked.

If I had to pick a flower that suited my personality, the daisy is the one I would have picked – quiz or no quiz. When I got married, my dishes and silverware had a daisy pattern, and when I look around the house, the daisy is still a recurring motif. I’m a happy person—an optimist, a Pollyanna even. I like books with happy endings. Yep, I’m a daisy.


I’m not sure how we came to assign personalities to some flowers (as in daisy=happy; violet=shy), but if you ask people what flower represents their personality, most people can come up with an answer pretty quickly. A forthcoming book, Bouquets with Personality, embraces the personality traits of flowers, and takes it a step further by suggesting the personification of flowers.


The book proposes that flowers not only convey emotion, but take on lives of their own. Some flowers are team players, preferring to blend in and take on a supportive role. Others are dominant by nature; born leaders, if you will. These traits affect the way we group flowers in an arrangement. The same logic can be applied to groups of people—and, in fact, to society at large.


My husband, who strives to convince the world he’s a grumpy old-ish man (we’re exactly the same age, so I had to think twice about using that phrase), chose the rose as his defining flower. First, because he doesn’t know the names of a lot of plants; second, because it has thorns. I have to agree; once you get past his thorns, he’s really very sweet. My daughter also picked the rose because it represents passion and she’s a passionate person. And because the rose’s thorns are sharp and suit her when she’s irritable. And because roses have a wonderful scent and she "always smells good" (*smile*).


Who decides what certain flowers represent? I'm guessing it's tradition—white flowers, like orange blossoms and white lilacs, tend to represent innocence; tall, straight-stemmed gladiolas represent integrity; irises represent valor; peonies represent prosperity; and sunflowers (like daisies) represent happiness.


What about you? What flower (or plant) represents your personality, and why?
Message Edited by Kristine_S on 07-15-2009 03:42 PM
by Sunltcloud on ‎07-16-2009 01:06 AM
I've always seen myself as a dandelion. Impossible to eradicate. Radiating enthusiasm when I was young; blowing in the wind now that I am old. And spreading, hahaha.
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-16-2009 04:50 PM
Sunltcloud -- I raised my eyebrows at the dandelion, but now that I think about it, it's a pretty cool idea!
by Par4course on ‎07-21-2009 06:36 AM

I wanted to say I'm a morning glory - because I do love getting up early in the morning...but they kind of take over, don't they?  and I don't want to be like that.

I'll have to think about it more.  Sunflowers would work well for me too.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-21-2009 09:26 AM
I love morning glories, so I'm happy when they go crazy. You may be thinking of wild morning glories -- bindweed -- which no one wants. I think a sunflower would suit you nicely, though!
by FindingLydia on ‎08-22-2009 12:42 AM

A few years ago I decided to "define" myself. I never had a favorite this or a favorite that. So among the favorites that I decided on is my favorite flower- the sunflower. The sunflower touches my heart so deeply that I have two sunflower tattoos. The first was a grouping of sunflowers with "hope" and "courage" written in Chinese and blended in with them. The other is a sunflower with "love" also written in Chinese above it. So is sunflower my final answer? Yes, sunflower is my final answer!!


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-22-2009 08:47 AM

Great choice!


I wish there was a way you could show us those tattoos -- I'd love to see them! Tattoos fascinate me -- my sister has a couple and my nieces have them, but I'm too chicken. So far.


I'm another sunflower lover -- they are such cheerful flowers, and they stand tall and proud even though they don't always get a lot of respect. I love them because they are pretty, they make me smile and they also provide lots of seeds for the birds and wildlife. And they are really easy to grow!  

by FindingLydia on ‎08-23-2009 10:57 PM

I'll see if I can figure out how to post pics. The first tat was actually easier because it was on my lower back. I couldn't see what he was doing so I could concentrate on imagining that I was at the beach relaxing. It only hurt when I "left the beach" lol! And I had no lower back pain for a few months- maybe I need another tat back there. If you did get the courage up what would you get? My sister-in-law got her first tat when she was around 60 yrs old- after that was when I got mine :smileyhappy: She has at least a few tats too. he he- "tats too"- I'm bad :smileyhappy:


Whenever I look at sunflowers I feel peaceful. I wish I could grow them year round... there wouldn't be a way to grow them inside would there? lol I think I need more sunflower nic nacs around :smileyhappy:


PS I did a spell check and it wanted to change "sister-in-law" with "scatterbrains". That is way too funny. Sorry I'm a little off subject but I couldn't help it!!




by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-23-2009 11:19 PM
Lydia, you should stop by the Garden Book Club. We go off-topic so often there we have a special thread for it. Look for "Thyme Out" -- you can attach pictures to your comment if you can do a "copy image" and paste it in.
by LindaEducation on ‎09-26-2009 01:48 AM

I think I would have to choose the sunflower. It is yellow and it reminds me of my blonde hair.  Right before my Dad died a few years ago,  I was walking out of the hospital with my older sister. She turned to me and said, "You know, even  with everything that is going on, you always seem to have a smile on  your face and look so sunny."   She nicknamed me "Sunny" after the sunflower. I also chose the sunflower because the sunflower needs sun, and I certainly do too.  It is also a weed too, which reminds me of my Dad who was called "Weeds" by his younger sister growing up  b/c he grew like one as a kid. He was  the tallest boy of his siblings, and I am the tallest girl of my sisters and I.



by Moderator becke_davis on ‎09-26-2009 11:35 AM

I had to laugh at the story about your dad's nickname! Even though your aunt didn't mean it in a bad way when your aunt gave it to him, it's not a nickname most of us would choose!


I love your reasons for choosing the sunflower as the flower that represents you best. It's one of my favorites, too! 

by Choisya on ‎09-28-2009 04:20 AM

Right now, because I am so fed up with the 'upgrade' problems, I am a Stinking Hellebore! Or maybe a Love Lies Bleeding...

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎09-28-2009 11:07 AM

Choisya - You crack me up! It's a good thing I didn't have a mouthful of tea or coffee, or I would have short-circuited my computer. I'm so sorry you are having technical difficulties. 


As to plants with unfortunate names, how about Fetid Iris? 

by Antonia-Amaris on ‎10-13-2009 03:33 AM

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