The most iconic flowers in film

The most iconic flowers in film

Silently outshining Hollywood stars everywhere

Lights, camera, bloom! It’s not only Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan who get to be in the limelight. All manner of flowers and floral symbolism play key roles in movies. From Hollywood to obscure European Arthouse, filmmakers everywhere have catapulted flowers into the everlasting beauty of the silver screen.

Here, we pay tribute to the most iconic flowers in film:


Big Fish


It’s no easy feat to outshine Ewen McGregor, but the out-of-this-universe daffodil field in Tim Burton’s 2003 iconic film, Big Fish, does just that. Opening the window to Edward Bloom standing in a sea of sunshine-yellow daffodils, Sandra realises that every flower was planted for her. A pretty brazen symbol of his love and respect for her — love it!


The Great Gatsby


We can’t think of a more romantic setting to reunite with your love than in a flower-filled room. In Baz Luhrmann's colourful 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan) and Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) come together amidst a ludicrous, luxurious explosion of cymbidium, dendrobium, and phalaenopsis orchids. The production designer of the movie took inspiration from Constance Spry , the most legendary London florist of the 1930s.


Memoirs Of A Geisha

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms blossomed into legendary status, in part, due to the grand adaptation of Arthur Golden’s best-selling novel. The cherry blossoms swirl about Sayuri and her love interest, foreshadowing the fleeting joy and beauty of life that they symbolise. The award-winning set design, inspired by Kyoto’s Stroll Gardens, was actually created in suburban California! It’s filmed in such a way that we, as viewers, can get happily immersed amongst the soft pink sakura.


American Beauty


Rosa ‘American Beauty’ is not only the title of Sam Mendez’s 1999 Oscar-winning movie, but it’s also the movie’s most iconic motif. The flurry of red roses in Lester Burnham's (Kevin Spacey) dream sequences, where he fantasises about his daughter’s best friend, symbolise forbidden love. Funnily enough, the rose variety ‘American Beauty’ is actually deep pink, not red! But we’ll forgive it and call it movie magic.


Broken Flowers

Lilies and carnations

It’s the numerous bouquets that do the talking for Bill Murray's stoic character in the 2005 film, directed by Jim Jarmusch. As Don Johnston (Murray) tries to track down his long-lost son, he proffers flowers to his lovers-of-the-past. The bouquets change, from wildflowers to a hand-wrapped bouquet of lilies and carnations, but the message stays the same: a sentimental attempt to patch up past mistakes. Who knew pink flowers could be so poignant!


Alice In Wonderland


We’ve all grown up with tales of the Red Queen who demanded her roses be red. The gossiping flowers, however, often get overlooked. In the book, Alice meets tiger lilies, daisies, roses, violets and larkspur who mistake her for a flower that moves. In Tim Burton’s 2010 version, the myriad of flowers have intricately animated faces, but it’s only the roses who are chatty!


Plucking The Daisy


What was it that launched Brigitte Bardot’s movie career? Daisies. Whilst daisies have an enduring symbolism of purity, the 1956 classic film pushed the flower into a whole new light. Cleverly placed on Agnès Dumont (Bardot) as she did a tantalising strip-tease, the dainty daisy bralette caused quite the scandal!

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Photo credits Warner Bros, IMDB, Movie Stills DB , Disney Enterprises, and Frank Scherschel