You can't escape plants. They are always around us – on wallpapers, dresses, vases, or in our food. Some people use flowers to express emotions, decorate spaces, cure sicknesses, or add flavor. Others use plants as a plot device. Yes, you read that correctly. Tricky designers and producers of your favorite TV shows sometimes purposefully leave some hints for you. However, to decipher the code, you need to know where to look. Read on to learn more about plants in pop culture!
Roses in 'Gossip Girl' (2007)
The 'Gossip Girl' TV series premiered in 2007. For five long years, viewers tried to guess who was the know-it-all blogger destroying lives with a simple tap on the keyboard. We all have different feelings about how the show ended, but we can all agree that the designers did a fantastic job creating a unique style for each character.
A great example would be Chuck Bass and white roses. In season 4, we see a new version of Chuck. He has amnesia, lives in Italy, and wants to become a new man with a new love, Eva. Throughout a few first episodes, he wears white roses. You might say that this symbolizes his innocent love, but we firmly believe that the designers used these flowers to show the new start, purity, and truth that Chuck was now living by. Once Chuck returns to his true self, white roses disappear entirely from his wardrobe.
Aconite in 'You' (2018)
Continuing the topic of TV shows that had us on the edge of our seats, we have 'You.' The thriller series based on the works of Caroline Kepnes tell us a story about your boy-next-door Joe, who is looking for pure love. Through 3 seasons, we follow him (ironic, right?) in his desperate search.
He finally found what he deserves in seasons 2 and 3, with Love (the name of the girl he is now dating). However, it seems like Love might be much tougher than Joe initially anticipated. At the beginning of season 3, viewers could see Love planting some aconite, a highly poisonous plant, in their garden. Was it an honest mistake or an evil plan? I guess you will have to see for yourself!
Upside Down Vines from 'Stranger Things' (2016)
Though you could argue that these are half-alive (sorry for the spoiler!), today, we will talk about them from a purely botanical perspective.
In the second season, Hopper sees some 'strange things' going on. Patches of land suddenly go dry, pumpkins rot, and nothing seems to thrive. At first, he thinks nothing of it, but as the mysterious disease progresses, he decides to investigate it. Hopper goes underground, into the tunnel. There he 'meets' Vines, the dominant form of life in the Upside Down. These 'tendrils' play a crucial role (pun intended) in creating suspense and horror in the second season.
Roses in 'Game of Thrones' (2016)
Let’s talk about roses of House Tyrell. From a heraldic standpoint, rose could mean fertile soil, which provided enough money for the House to be considered the second wealthiest family after the Lannisters. However, let's explore this symbol a bit further. When we look at the rose, we are often in awe of its beauty, and our hand involuntarily reaches toward its colorful lusciousness, trying to take it with us. That's where we are met with a surprise – sharp thorns protecting delicate flowers.
Let's recall Margaery Tyrell, a beautiful girl with bad luck in marriage. This noble lady always kept everybody on their toes. Margaery would be sweet and docile in one episode and then dangerous and challenging in the next. However, she always found a way to let her close family know about her sympathy. For example, if one of the episodes, she gives her grandmother, Lady Olenna, a note with a simple rose drawn on it.
Roses in 'The Bachelor' (2002)
A red rose on a long stem (preferably handed to you by a person of your dreams) is the most desired flower.
We all probably have that one guilty pleasure show. We would never admit to watching it, but when we come home after a long exhausting day, we turn on the TV and let our brains rest. For a lot of people, 'The Bachelor' is The Show.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept, 'The Bachelor' is a reality show where one man gets to date several women simultaneously. These ladies undergo a series of trials to prove their compatibility with The Man. At the end of each week, there is a Rose Ceremony, where the bachelor hands out roses (hence the name) to the ladies with whom he wants to continue getting to know each other. It is, perhaps, the most intense part of the show. However, some people did not know that the florists noticed an increase in orders for red roses on a long stem right after each Monday episode's end.
As you can see, flowers are widely used not only for their beauty but also for their ability to convey secret messages. Stay tuned to learn more about hidden meanings you might have missed in your favorite shows or movies!