The color does take its name from the flower — a light purple shade with a slightly pinkish hue on the tips, which represents immaturity and indecisiveness. Lilac often has strong connections to feminine qualities, such as caring, being emotional and nurturing. This femininity manifests in putting the needs of others before their own, helpfulness and avoiding confrontations.

Lilac has always been associated with royalty. The color can symbolize mystery, magic It is also frequently associated with qualities such as friendliness, open-minded, immaturity, and extroversion.

The symbolism of the lilac flower varies according to different cultures. For example, in Russia, it is believed that people should hold lilac flowers over the newborn baby because it will make that babywise. In Russia, the lilac flower is considered to be a symbol of wisdom, while in the U.S. this flower represents a symbol of New Hampshire. An interesting fact is that there is also the capital of the lilac flowers and it is Rochester in New York. In this place every year people organize the Lilac Festival.

How “Lilac” affects you:

The color lilac is said to help to reduce antisocial behavior and aggression by encouraging emotional expression; raise and stimulate the mood; calm the mind and nerves; provide a sense of spirituality, and encourage creativity and imagination.

The “fifty” shades of Lilac:

White lilacs symbolize purity and innocence; violet lilacs symbolize spirituality; blue lilacs symbolize happiness and tranquility; magenta lilacs symbolize love and passion. Lilac, the color for which this flower is named, is a light purple that symbolizes the first love.

Sources: Bourn Creative, and Jacob Olesen (Color Expert); flower meaning

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