With its striking dark green foliage and stunning white flowers, the mere presence of the cradle of Moses or Peace Lily as it is also known can effortlessly enhance the ambience of any room. Below we are going to take a look at the many fascinating aspects of the meaning and symbolism of the Peace Lily, which only add to the appeal of this popular houseplant.
The cradle of Moses has different meanings and symbolisms in various situations or countries. It is generally considered a sign of peace, innocence, purity, healing, hope, and prosperity. It is often cultivated or gifted as a sign of sympathy, longevity, beauty, rebirth, chastity, or virtue.
Meanings of the cradle of Moses
Peace Lilies can have different meanings, ranging from hope and peace to innocence and purity.
In most of the world, the Lily of Peace (Spathiphyllum Spp.) is considered a symbol of peace and tranquility. Its attractive white flower is reminiscent of the white flag that is recognized throughout the world as a sign of truce. So if you want to end an old dispute, sending Peace Lilies to that person is a great idea. Chances are good that sending this plant marks the beginning of a new friendship.
Innocence and purity
The color white has always been associated with purity and chastity, which is why white peace lily flowers are a sign of purity and innocence. According to the ancient oriental art of Feng Shui, the Peace Lily can be associated with the purity of the soul and the environment. Keeping this plant at home is believed to help remove all kinds of negative energy and instill positivity in your environment.
Also from a scientific point of view, the Peace Lily is considered a plant that helps remove toxins from the air. Although the real-world impact on air quality is minimal, they contribute at least to the purity of the air in your home.
This showy plant is also believed to be a harbinger of hope. In Feng Shui, the Peace Lily calms and harmonizes the energy of a place and enhances feelings of hope and harmony. Also, the plant’s ability to flower season after season means hope. It is proof that there is always something good and beautiful to look forward to in life.
Peace Lilies can be a great gift for a couple who just had a baby, as they will not only be a perfect reminder of the baby’s innocence, but will also give parents hope about the hopeful future of the little one.
Another widely recognized meaning of the Lily of Peace is related to healing and creating the proper psychic balance so that a person’s life is more peaceful and harmonious. They are an ideal gift for someone recovering from illness, as a sign of their continued recovery.
The Peace Lily plant is blessed with beautiful green foliage and an abundance of large, hollowed-out spathes (these are commonly referred to as false flowers). It can flourish throughout the year if the proper conditions and care are given. This is why it is often associated with abundance and prosperity.
Symbolism of the cradle plant of Moses
Lily of Peace plants bring tranquility to a space like no other plant can. This is one of the many reasons for its popularity as a houseplant.
Now that we have a clear idea of what a Peace Lily plant can mean, let’s try to understand a little about the symbolism of this plant as well.
As the cradle of Moses plant symbolizes sympathy, they can be a well-thought-out sympathy gift. Surely you have often seen how these flowers are offered to the family of a deceased person as an expression of sympathy. You can consider them as a living tribute to the person who has passed away, as well as a gentle way to show sympathy for a person who has lost a loved one.
Peace lilies are perennial tropical plants. A perennial plant is one that lives for more than two years. This means that if you take good care of your Peace Lily plants, they can thrive for years and bloom again and again.
In fact, under favorable conditions, this plant can survive for more than a decade. Lovely, right? This aspect of this perennial has made it a symbol of longevity. So next time you want to wish someone a long and healthy life, gifting a Peace Lily can be a great idea.
Peace Lilies bloom season after season and last for years. They also continue to grow throughout the year, a characteristic that has led these plants to be associated with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So basically a Peace Lily plant symbolizes the rebirth of the soul and the spiritual transcendence of life on Earth.
Chastity and virtue
In Christianity, the cradle of Moses is a symbol of chastity and virtue, and is often associated with the purity of the Virgin Mary. It is also associated with the inherently delicate nature of women and is therefore a perfect gift option for a woman who is getting married and starting a new life.
Interesting facts about the cradle of Moses
Did you know that those white, hood-shaped pods of the Peace Lily plant are not actually its flowers? Yes, you read it right. In fact, they are more of a modified blade-shaped leaves (spathes), which is why this plant is also known as Spathiphyllum, a word made up of two Greek words, “spathe” which means blade, and “phyllon” which means leaves. Its actual flowers are quite tiny and are located on the spike that this white spoon-shaped pod partially covers.
- Although this plant is called the Peace Lily, it is not really a lily! Rather, it is a member of the araceae family, such as the flamenco flower or the calla lily.
- This plant is native to the tropical regions of America (specifically Colombia and Venezuela) and Southeast Asia.
- There are almost 40 varieties of Lilies of Peace.
- Peace Lilies thrive with minimal care and are very low-maintenance plants. Just give them a shady spot and water them regularly, and they’ll last for years.
- This plant wilts quite dramatically to let you know that it is thirsty.
- This Moses plant can be toxic to your cats or dogs if they ingest them, so it is advisable to keep the plants out of the reach of your pets.
- According to Feng Shui, a Peace Lily is excellent for balancing the energies in a room.
As you can see, the meaning and symbolism of this popular plant adds many layers of interest to this species of interior. Whether you have a Peace Lily at home purely for decorative purposes or if you consider it a symbol of a virtue that you appreciate, there is no denying that this plant is an ideal complement to any home.