Stock Flower 101

  • Posted on 07/27/2016 by Laura

We all know the stock flower. It’s often used to fill out bouquets but these flowers bring a meaning all their own to a bouquet.


These flowers are usually seen as fillers for their hearty and beautiful blooms. They fit in with most bouquets for their looks and complementary flower meaning. Just don’t pair stock with flowers that signify more somber or foreboding meanings! The stock flower serves as a symbol of a long life filled with happiness and success, connecting the whole world, contentment with your present life, dedication of your life to spiritual purity, unfading beauty, and achieving paradise on earth.

White, red, and pink stock flowers are representative of passion, while also signifying purity. Blue, as well as purple, signify restrained joy. Orange and yellows symbolize the usual color significance of happiness.

Fun Facts

Stock flower belongs to the mustard family! We don’t mean mustard that you squeeze onto your hot dogs and hamburgers. The stock flower is related to turnips and broccoli within the mustard family.

The flower has a strong and fragrant scent that you might not expect from a flower. Likely because it is a part of the mustard family, the stock flower maintains a scent of spicy cinnamon and cloves.

The flower is even edible and tastes much like it smells. They are somewhat spicy and resemble the flavor of a radish. They are very flavorful when added to salads or used as garnish. If the plant has grown long enough it will develop seedpods, which are edible prior to hardening and drying out. The parts of the flower that are not edible are the leaves and roots.

The flowers are sometimes referred to as gillyflower, which can often be confusing. Shakespeare and Chaucer both wrote about gillyflowers, yet when they referred to gillyflowers they were actually speaking about carnations or dianthus. Carnations and dianthus were commonly known by these names from the 14th to 16th century.


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