Written in Petals The Language of Flowers in Victorian Europe

Floral Emblems - Henry Phillips

"Youth and Beauty united by the Bonds of Love"

Henry Phillips gives more botanical information than most floriography books in Floral Emblems (1825), an important early work in the genre. Phillips’ take on the language of flowers traces its origins to English heraldic emblems of the 12th century. Phillips borrowed heavily from Charlotte de Latour's Le Langage Des Fleurs, but toned down many of the allusions from the French work to suit the more modest viewpoints of VIctorian Britain. As an example, Floral Emblems equates the tuberose with "voluptuousness" or taking pleasure in the senses; de Latour attaches it to "dangerous pleasures" - "Love... that which springs from the earth proves the bane and destruction of imprudent youth."