Traditional Italian Flowers

Updated February 21, 2017

From wedding bouquets to Tuscan gardens, Italian flowers add elegance, whimsy and romance to a variety of flower beds and arrangements. Traditional Italian flowers are native to the warm Mediterranean climate and reminiscent of Old World style and charm. The tradition of flowers in Italy is as rich and revered as the Italian traditions of food, art and faith. Incorporate traditional Italian flowers into your garden or indoor arrangements to add an authentic Italian element to your flower design.

Italian Poppies

The expansive and rolling fields of Tuscany are made brighter by the delicate blossoms of traditional Italian poppies. Wild flower fields are a staple of the Tuscan landscape, and poppies are one of the bolder additions to the Italian countryside. Poppies were popular fixtures in Roman mythology, in which they were offered as gifts to the gods, and their bold red colour was often used as a symbol for life after death, reincarnation or resurrection. Consider including a bed of Italian poppies in your Tuscan-themed garden to add colour and vibrancy to your landscape.


The classic and timeless elegance of the rose has particular poignancy in Italian history. The rose is traditionally associated with the Roman goddess Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. During the Christian revolution in Rome, the rose became closely associated with the Virgin Mary, a religious icon with lasting significance to Italy, since the majority of the current population is Roman Catholic. The rose is a versatile flower, suitable for romantic Italian gardens as well as traditional Italian bouquets or flower arrangements for weddings.


The royal-purple shade of violets makes them a striking addition to flower arrangements or flower beds. Violets were an integral part of ancient Roman culture, where they were held in esteem for their purported medicinal and spiritual ability to prevent drunkenness and aid sleep. Violets later became a fashionable choice for high-society Italian women who incorporated the flowers into perfumes. Violets are especially effective as border flowers for outdoor gardens, but they also make bright additions to traditional Italian bouquets of pale-coloured roses.

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Hannah Wahlig began writing and editing professionally in 2001. Her experience includes copy for newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as book editing. She is also a certified lactation counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Holyoke College, and Master's degrees in education and community psychology from the University of Massachusetts.