“Plants and trees symbolize a Christian symbol or an icon, but can also be figures, characters or colours used to represent abstract ideas, concepts or images depicting an idea,” according to the website All Saints & Martyrs.
“These religious icons as Christian symbols have a sacred significance. Flowers and plants perceive Christianity as God’s creation to express and share with the people divine goodness, truth and beauty- the aim of Creation.”
In the Christian culture, flowers were once linked with decadence and paganism. Since then, ideas about flowers have changed drastically.
Church altars are often decorated with bouquets or vases of flowers, especially on significant days such as Easter and Christmas. Flowers play a large role at Christian funerals, baptisms, and other special personal events.
Christian brides walk down the aisle with a bouquet of flowers as a token of fertility, while in earlier times it was common for them to wear a wreath or garland of flowers around their heads.
Tulips often represent attainment of spiritual awareness. Because they are from bulbs, and return every year, tulips are symbolic of resurrection and determination.
Passion Flowers – Originally called “Espina de Cristo” by the Jesuit missionaries who brought it to Spain from South America, this flower represents Christ’s suffering and sacrifice. Each part of the flower holds symbolism regarding the crucifixion of Christ.
White flowers such as white roses and lilies are used to stand for purity. They are also sometimes used in conjunction with references to the Virgin Mary for her own purity.
Red roses in Christianity stand for love or as a sign of Christ’s blood. The petals of the rose can symbolize the five wounds of Christ from the crucifixion.