Crown of Thorns
Types of Flowers
Whether used colloquially, in phrases such as seeing red, painting the town red or red states, or symbolically like the universally understood Red Cross, nothing conveys a strong emotion like the color red.
Red flowers posses a similar type of power, conveying the gamut of emotions ranging from the Red Poppy's somber reminder of war, to the Poinsettia's celebration of Christmas, to the red rose's expression of love.
The meanings of red flowers may change from place to place and culture to culture.
However, across cultures, there's something about red flowers that draws a hummingbird's attention, tweaks a gardener's green thumb, and turns a gaze at a photographer's lens.
Carnations: a genus (Dianthus L.) of flowering plants in the Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae) are a popular, non-native ornamental.
Often used as boutonnieres and for floral arrangements they have achieved a political status.
According to the Ohio Governor's website, "The red carnation was adopted as Ohio's state flower in 1904 in memory of President William McKinley, who always wore a red carnation in his lapel."
Starting with the red rose at the top of this page to the red passion flower at the bottom of this page, this album celebrates a sample of red flowers, found on plants, trees and shrubs, that brighten up the lives of people and birds around the United States.
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