Ancient Symbols & Signs

plant lore

Meanings of Flowers, Trees and Plants

Nature was an integral part of the celtic belief system, plants were honoured as teachers and gifts of magic.
The celts believed that everything contained a life force and seen magic in all things they found in their environment. Below you will find various herbs, shrubs, flowers and trees and their meanings in folklore. They have been split up into alphabetical order just to make life that little bit easier but as this section grows they will be allocated to their own letter. I hope you find what you are looking for, if there is a plant you would specifically like to see included please contact me and it will be added.
Apearance Plant Symbolism
plants_aloe Aloe Due to its ability to survive where other plants do not it is regarded as a healing plant. It is good for spells that are to sustain the body or to dispel discomfort.
plants_bamboo Bamboo Bamboo is an extremely versatile plant and has many uses, it represents growth and versatility.
plants_bayberry Bayberry Symbolizes illusions and appearances, it is used for visions and divining.
plants_beech Beech Because of its smooth grain it was often used for writing surfaces and has come to represent ancient knowledge through objects and writings. It is often used as a replacement for oak.
plants_blackberry Blackberry This was considered by all to be the food of the faeries and it was extremely taboo to eat them within celtic britain.
plants_bloodroot Bloodroot This herb is used to heal wounds and aid with regeneration. It symbolizes healing, strength and growth.
plants_bluebell Bluebell These are very enchanted plants it is believed that their bells call the faeries to their midnight processions.
plants_boneset Boneset It was used to help set broken bones as well as treat wounds. It symbolizes fixing, mending, regeneration and strengthening.
plants_butterfly_weed Butterfly weed Like the butterfly it is considered a good plant to use for healing transformation and rebirth.
plants_cactus Cactus With its ability to store water it symbolizes hidden treasure as well as endurance and the ability to adapt to situations and environments.
plants_catnip Catnip Most animals either find this a powerful stimulant or a sedative, due to this seemingly contradictory effect it is used in spells for deception or paradox.
plants_cattails Cattails A water growing plant that turns ponds into swamps then into dry earth this plant symbolizes strong earth energy, balance and stability.
plants_cedar Cedar Excellent at repelling negative energy. It is used for protection and warding away negative spirits.
plants_chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum A very decorative plant it denotes nobility and royalty. It is particularly good for speeding up the rate and flow of spells.
plants_clover Clover With its three-fold leaves it was very special to the celts symbolising balance and the triad. A four leaf clover is very lucky, and it is said that wearing one within your hat will allow you to see fairies.
plants_corn Corn Corn is one of humans most treasured plants, it has always been a great source of nutrition as well as providing medicine. It is closely related to the sun, harvest, health and the earth goddess.
plants_cypress Cypress This is regarded as a sad tree, as it was used to build funeral pyres it is associated with mourning.
plants_dogwood Dogwood This tree symbolizes charm and finesse, it is used to enhance personality as well as aid in social stature.
plants_elm Elm It is associated with shadows, darkness and depression and was used to mark off tainted areas of the countryside.
plants_eucalyptus Eucalyptus It is seen as a protecting and nurturing tree. It can also symbolize ‘sloth’ due to its narcotic foliage.
plants_eye_bright Eyebright As the name suggests it has long been associated with farsight and clearness of vision. It is used for seeing faeries, the truth and farsight.
plants_fern Fern Ferns are the favoured plant of the pixies and wherever these grow you are supposed to find them nearby. It also represents ancient knowledge and archaism.
plants_feverfew Feverfew So called because of its ability to banish fever it is good for healing.
plants_fireweed Fireweed Fireweed is one of the first plants to grow after a fire, and it is also extremely useful providing humans with many uses. For this reason it is seen as a good plant to have as an ally.
plants_ginseng Ginseng This plant concerns clarity of the mind and is used to enhance focus.
plants_golden_seal Goldseal It is mainly used as a cleaning agent and in spells it is used to purify and cleanse.
plants_grass Grass This is a hardy plant that is the first to grow in most places it symbolizes food, concealment and hardiness.
plants_hibiscus Hibiscus Hibiscus symbolizes beauty and fertility, its 5 petal flowers speak of protection and its random growth that of chaos. It is used for spells involving randomness, glamours and repelling negativity.
plants_juniper Juniper This is an excellent tree for healing and cleansing especially in curbing the spread of poisons or disease.
plants_larch Larch This is one of the few conifers that sheds its pines in winter. It is often used to rim ceremonial drums. It may be used for protection and inducing visions.
plants_lilly Lilly This symbolizes sorrow and is closely associated to death. It is used to symbolize danger,caution and deadly beauty.
plants_lotus Lotus Used to symbolize intellect, mental energies and illumination. It is used to clear the mind, purify and inspire.
plants_mandrake Mandrake With its root having the appearance of a man and it reportedly screaming when it is removed from the ground it was often used for curses and negative spells.
plants_maple Maple Special for its sugar and syrup it represents success and abundance.
plants_mistletoe Mistletoe Extremely sacred to the druids, when found growing on Oaks it is very magical and is a great catalyst for all spells.
plants_mugwort Mugwort This plant represents clumsiness, awkwardness and ugliness. As may be assumed this plant is used to infer these qualities onto our enemies.
plants_mushrooms Mushrooms Considered to be very enchanted especially regarding faery rings. They were also used to induce visions.
plants_myrrh Myrrh Myrrh symbolizes power, strength, vitality and mysticism, it can be used to increase ones energy and stamina.
plants_nettle Nettle Though prickly it was also a great source of food, it is useful for spells that give an indication of future dangers or pitfalls.
plants_oleander Oleander Symbolising majestic yet deadly beauty because it is poisonous it is good for spells that involve charms, charisma and attraction.
plants_parsley Parsley This is a very popular herb, it represents stability and normalcy. It can be used to stabilise or ground emotions.
plants_penny_royal Pennyroyal Seen as a majestic and noble plant, it is used to improve ones own status and stature.
plants_raspberry Raspberry Often used to detect the fertility of soil it is used for spells that require detection or preserving things as its berries were used to make jam.
plants_reed Reed The reed symbolizes flexibility, rapid growth and expansion. Its stalks can also be used for making flutes. It is good for music, growth and expansion.
plants_rose Rose With its beautiful flowers and its deadly thorns this is another plant which symbolizes deadly beauty. It is used for glamours, enchantments and love potions.
plants_noimg Rue As the name suggests this plant governs sadness and sorrow. It is used to create depression but can also be used to help banish it.
plants_spruce Spruce It is a versatile tree that is a fast grower and proves dominant within its territory. Its wood is good at storing/conducting energy and it is seen as good to use when bargaining with Earth elementals.
plants_strawberry Strawberry Used for love spells, its symbolism is that of love, temptation, passion and rewarded effort.
plants_sycamore Sycamore This tree represents growth, persistance, strength and endurance.
plants_thistle Thistle This plant is also known as Pixies’ Gloves.
plants_vervain Vervain This plant was used to boost energy, strength and heartrates. The druids seen it as a very powerful plant using it in potions to increase the length and power of their effects.
plants_water_lilly Water Lilly This plant symbolizes purity and stability in an unstable environment. It is used for spells that require purity or to invoke cultured mannerisms.
plants_winter_green Wintergreen Symbolizing coolness, calmness and refreshment, it is used to soothe fears and to calm the nerves.
plants_wormwood Wormwood An extremely dangerous, poisonous plant, it is sometimes used to induce visions or to harm spirits.