Saturday, August 14, 2010

Plants and trees and fruits

oh my!  :D

Here are their meaning on tombstones

Fruits and flowers

Fruits -- Eternal plenty as in the fruit of life.

Apples - Apples represent salvation, sometimes sin.

Acanthus Leaf - Associated with the rocky ground were most Greek cemeteries were placed. Symbol of peace in the Garden of Eden.

Blooming Rose - The deceased died in the prime of life

Bamboo - The emblem of Buddha. The seven-knotted bamboo denotes the seven degrees of initiation and invocation in Buddhism. On Japanese memorials, symbolic of devotion and truthfulness.

Bouquets/Flowers - Condolences, grief, sorrow

Buttercup - Cheerfulness

Buds/Rosebud - Morning of Life or Renewal of Life Calla Lilly - Symbolizes marriage.

Century Plant - Represents immortality; everlasting life.

Cinquefoil - Maternal affection, beloved daughter

Corn - Ripe Old Age

Clover - The trinity, symbol of the Irish.

Cornucopia - Also known as the "Horn of Plenty." Symbolizes an abundant, fruitful life. Also a symbol of the harvest, which in turn symbolizes the end of life.

Crocus - Youthful gladness.

Cypress Tree - Designates hope.

Dogwood - Christianity, divine sacrifice, triumph of eternal life, resurrection.

Daffodil - Death of youth, desire, art, grace, beauty, deep regard.

Daisy - Innocence of child, youth, gentleness, purity of thought.

Fern - Sincerity, sorrow.

Flower- Fragility of life.

Flower, Severed Stem- Shortened life.

Holly - Foresight

Grapes with leaves - Christian faith.

Ivy - Because it stays green forever, it has long been symbolic of immortality; eternal life. Also may signify friendship.

Laurel - A symbol of worldly accomplishment and heroism.

Lily - Innocence, purity, and resurrection. Often associated with the Virgin Mary and resurrection and used on women’s graves. The use of lilies at funerals symbolizes the restored innocence of the soul at death.

Lily of the Valley - Return to happiness, purity, humility

Morning Glory - Signifies the beginning of Life

Oak., Oak Leaves and Acorn - Oak leaves on tombs can stand for power, authority or victory. Often seen on Military tombs. (Native American culture an oak leaf represents an Algonquian grave.)

Palm Branch (Frond) - Signifies victory and rejoicing

Poppy - Eternal sleep.

Roses - Roses signify completion and the brevity of earthly existence.

Rosemary - Rosemary is for remembrance. Thistles can also stand for remembrance.

Sheaf of Wheat -- Ripe for harvest, time

Thistle - Deceased was of Scottish descent or rememberence

Tulip - Symbolizes love and passion.

Tree or Trees

A Tree stands for life.

A Tree Sprouting stands for life everlasting.

Tree Trunk stands for the brevity of life.

Tree Stump w/Ivy -- Head of Family - Immortality

Tree Trunk Leaning- Short interrupted life.

Tree fallen - mortality, death

Severed Branch- Mortality.

Stones shaped liked Tree Stumps usually signify that the deceased was a member of The Woodmen of the World

Weeping Willow Tree - Perpetual Mourning; Grief.


  1. This is really neat info! Would it be too morbid to design my own tombstone now?


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