Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Use by Man
In contrast to the flowers emerging from the fruit blossoms play as food plants for humans a minor role. The flower heads of cauliflower and artichoke serve as a vegetable, the cannabis sativa subsp. indica as a narcotic. Some flowers or inflorescences are used as a salad or its decoration (violets, daisies, nasturtiums). Flowers, buds, flowers or inflorescences parts supply spices, mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris subsp. Vulgaris), aromaticum lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), clove (Syzygium), Saffron (Crocus sativus), and hops (Humulus lupulus).
A much greater role to play but flowers as decoration in the form of ornamental plants and cut flowers. Germany has imported as largest importer of cut flowers in 2004 goods at the wholesale value of € 1.1 billion. The world market for cut flowers and potted plants in 2000 was 6.8 billion euros.
The goddess of the dawn (Aurora / Eos scatters) flowers as a symbol of the rays of the new day. Flowers are also the attribute of the goddess Flora. The four seasons are the flowers associated with the spring, with the five senses, the sense of smell. Flowers since ancient times as a sign of beauty and transience of life. In the still lifes seem always a wilted flower or fallen petals as a vanitas motif. Allegories of logic as the hope to be shown on occasion with flowers in the arm as a symbol, as will develop from the flower soon became a fruit. Some species have their own symbolic meanings, which can change over the centuries, was and still is the rose, the attribute of Venus, Dionysos and Mary, the earthly symbol of God as love, for virgins as for prostitution.