Daisy flower meaning includes new beginnings, hope, innocence, fun, affection, and other sweet attributes. Daisies are part of the Asteraceae family of flowers, which includes over 32,000 species. They are also referred to as “aster flowers” or “asters.” Because they are part of the same family, this post will include both daisy and aster flower symbolism and meanings, and I’ll use the two terms interchangeably.
Because asters can be found on every continent except Antarctica, they are subjects in the mythologies and folklore of many cultures around the world. This post will include some of those stories, as well as aster and daisy color and spiritual meanings.
(As a side note, sunflowers are also part of the aster family of flowers, but because they are so distinct and have slightly different meanings, I wrote a separate post on sunflower meanings that you can read here.
Table of Contents
- What does a daisy symbolize?
- Detailed Aster and Daisy Meanings
- Daisy and Aster Color Meanings
- White Daisy Flower Meanings
- Yellow Daisy Meaning
- Orange Aster Flower Meanings
- Pink Asters and Daisies
- Red Aster Flower Meanings
- Purple Aster Flower Meaning
- Blue Daisy Meanings
- Green Aster Flower Meaning
- Daisy and Aster Flower Spiritual Meanings
- Daisies in Cultural Mythology and Folklore
- Aster Flower Meaning in Greek Mythology
- Native American Daisy Meanings
- United States
- Celtic Daisy Meaning
- Norse Daisy Mythology
- Daisy Tattoo
What does a daisy symbolize?
- New Beginnings
Detailed Aster and Daisy Meanings
Around the world daisies and asters are symbols of new beginnings. Blooming in spring, these charming flowers remind of us fresh starts, sunshine, and renewal. Because of this, asters are often given as gifts or planted to welcome new babies into the world.
The name “daisy” actually comes from an Old English term that translates to “day’s eye.” The reason is that, like lotus flowers, daisies open up in the morning to take in the day’s sunshine and then close up again in the evening. So, daisies and asters remind us that with each day, there is an opportunity to begin again.
Because they symbolize new beginnings, daisy and aster flowers are also symbols of hope. They remind us that hope is one of the most powerful tools we have for manifesting better outcomes and a better world. Even disappointments can bring new opportunities. As the saying goes “when one door closes and another one opens.”
As they are symbols of new beginnings and hope, daisy and aster flower meaning is also associated with innocence. As a result, these special flowers are representative of babies and children.
It’s important to keep in mind that innocence can apply to adults too. In this way, daisy meaning is akin to what the Buddhists describe as “having a beginner’s mind.” It means to embody a way of being and an approach life and situations with the curiosity and enthusiasm of a child. This way, you benefit from having a fresh perspective.
Fertility and Motherhood
As you’ll read about later in this post, daisy flowers were associated with the Norse goddess Freya, who was a fertility goddess, among other things. So, just as they are associated with newborns and babies, daisies also symbolize fertility and motherhood.
There is an easy-breezy aspect to daisies and other aster flowers. They bloom in spring, when nature is waking up, and they grow easily in a variety of conditions. Not to mention, these flowers are pretty easy to draw. They were probably the first flowers that many of us drew as children. As daisies are associated with children, they are also associated with fun and lightheartedness. After all, children naturally love to laugh and have a good time.
How many of us have plucked the petals of an aster flower as we played the game “He loves me, he loves me not” or “She loves me, she loves me not” as the case may be? As daisies and other asters grow easily in many locations, they are often the wildflowers picked for a bouquet to give to someone you have a crush on. Thus, daisy and aster flower meaning also includes affection and love.
In Victorian England, where flower symbolism was a popular pastime, giving aster flowers to someone meant you returned their affection.
Many of us have made daisy chains by connecting the stems of daisies together. This pastime goes back hundreds of years, to a time when daisy chains were worn as head wreaths or belts. However, the daisy chain is more than a pretty garland, as these flowers also symbolize fidelity and eternal love.
The Latin name for the Asteraceae family of flowers comes from the Latin word for “star,” which is “aster.” These flowers not only resemble bright stars, they’re also named for the Greek goddess Astraea who turned into a star. (You can read more about Astraea in the section on Greek mythology below.)
As symbols for stars, aster flowers remind us of something fundamental, which is that we all connected and that we originated from the same source. As Joni Mitchell sang in her song “Woodstock”:
“We are stardust
Billion year old carbon…”
Daisy and Aster Color Meanings
Asters comes in a variety of bright colors, and each has special meanings. Here are some of those qualities:
White Daisy Flower Meanings
With their white petals and yellow centers, white daisies symbolize innocence and the other classic daisy traits, such as babies, motherhood, hope, and new beginnings. White daisies make lovely gifts for new parents and newborns.
Yellow Daisy Meaning
Like sunflower symbolism, yellow daisies symbolize joy, childish fun, hope, and good luck. They make lovely gifts for friends or anyone whose spirits you want to lift.
Orange Aster Flower Meanings
Orange aster flowers symbolize health, healing, and optimism. They also symbolize zany, off-beat fun.
Pink Asters and Daisies
Pink daisies and aster flowers symbolize affection and love, including both platonic and romantic love. They are ideal gifts and lovely to plant in gardens for new babies, new moms, or friends and family.
Red Aster Flower Meanings
Red aster flowers are positive symbols for wealth and prosperity. In addition, like other red flowers, they symbolize romantic love. Because the nature of these flowers is lightheartedness and fun, red asters make lovely gifts for new crushes. In addition, as symbols of eternity and fidelity, red aster flowers make lovely gifts for long-term partners, especially when you want to rekindle the flames in your romance or reconfirm your commitment to each other.
Purple Aster Flower Meaning
Many wild aster flowers come in purple hues. So, like orange asters, purple aster flowers symbolize zany fun and spontaneity. In addition, as purple is the color of peace and understanding, purple asters represent the kind of hope and optimism that brings people together and heals misunderstandings. Thus, it is a flower that represents unity.
Blue Daisy Meanings
Blue asters and daisies symbolize long-term loyalty and trust. They are also helpful symbols for visualization. Like wishing on a star, focusing on a blue aster flower in prayer or meditation can help to calm the mind and envision positive outcomes.
Green Aster Flower Meaning
Green asters symbolize new beginnings, renewal, and growth. So, they are helpful symbols for new endeavors, whether they are creative or new businesses.
Daisy and Aster Flower Spiritual Meanings
On a spiritual level, daisy and aster flowers represent spiritual faith and the eternal life of the soul. They also represent the possibility that we all have the opportunity to begin again, no matter the mistakes we’ve made in our past. For some, they are also symbols of reincarnation.
Associated Spirit Animals
Because they grow on every continent except Antarctica, aster flowers play an important role in the natural ecosystems where they grow. As a result, they share synergies with the wild animals and insects in their natural habitats. For example, rabbits and deer love to eat asters. In addition, insects including ladybugs, spiders, damselflies, and dragonflies prey on the insects that eat asters. Therefore, they help to protect the life force of the flowers. Furthermore, birds, including finches, sparrows, cardinals, and towhees, are attracted to aster flowers because they eat their seeds or the insects that live in their ecosystems.
On a spiritual level, daisies and asters share synergies with the rabbit spirit animal because they are all symbols of fertility and new beginnings. In addition, as symbols of fidelity and eternal love, they share symbolic meaning with birds, of which the majority, including eagles and crows, are monogamous,
Daisies in Cultural Mythology and Folklore
Because they grow on nearly every continent on Earth, daisy and aster flowers have appeared in the myths and folklore of many cultures around the world. Here are some of those stories:
Aster Flower Meaning in Greek Mythology
For the ancient Greeks, aster flowers were sacred. The Greeks made them into wreaths, which they placed in their temples. In addition, they burned aster leaves to detoxify the air and drive evil spirits away.
The ancient Greeks also associated the goddess Astraea with aster flowers. According to one Greek legend, during the Iron Age, humans began to make a lot of weapons and warfare increased. Incensed with the violence, Jupiter decided to destroy the world of men with a great flood. But before he did, the gods, who had been living on Earth, left. The goddess Astraea was the last to leave. Heartbroken at the loss of life, she asked Jupiter to turn her into a star.
Eventually, the flood waters receded. But all that was left of the world was mud and slime. Seeing the destruction, Astraea wept, and her tears fell as stardust. When they hit the land, they turned into aster flowers.
Native American Daisy Meanings
For Native Americans, daisies, like sunflowers, were associated with the life-giving attributes of the sun. They also ate the aster flower seeds and used their stalks as building materials.
In the U.S., daisies are April birth flowers, and asters are September birth flowers. These flowers are associated with new beginnings, happiness, and lighthearted fun. In fact, Robert Frost wrote about the optimism of the aster flower in his poem “A Late Walk,” which starts off in a melancholy way, but ends with hope:
When I go up through the mowing field,
The headless aftermath,
Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew,
Half closes the garden path.
And when I come to the garden ground,
The whir of sober birds
Up from the tangle of withered weeds
Is sadder than any words.
A tree beside the wall stands bare,
But a leaf that lingered brown,
Disturbed, I doubt not, by my thought,
Comes softly rattling down.
I end not far from my going forth
By picking the faded blue
Of the last remaining aster flower
To carry again to you.
Celtic Daisy Meaning
For the ancient Celts, daisies brought protective powers and good luck to babies and young children.
Norse Daisy Mythology
The Vikings associated daisies with the goddess Freya, who was a fertility goddess and the guardian of new mothers.
In China and Japan, aster flowers are associated with fidelity and eternal love.
A daisy tattoo or one with aster flowers is a great design for a tattoo because these flowers are relatively simple in composition, yet they symbolize many positive attributes. A daisy tattoo tells the world that you are lighthearted and look for the fun in life. It can also be an ideal symbol when you are starting something new in your life. While tattoos are highly personal to each individual, hopefully understanding the qualities that daisies and asters represent will bring deeper meaning to your tattoo.