Cosmos, one of October's birth flowers*, in Greek, means "balanced universe." I'm kind of obsessed with this flower at the moment, probably because it was featured as a bit of symbolism in a book I just read. I don't think saying that cosmos make an appearance is a spoiler, per say, since the book plays pretty heavily into symbols and the idea of cosmos (the universe this time, not the flower) comes up a lot. I'm not about to write a book report or anything about it, but if you have a few hours (a day for the next three weeks) to spare, check out The Passage triology by Justin Cronin.
And in the meantime if you're looking for something a bit shorter and less creepy to read, please continue with this blog post!
Okay, so we know Cosmos means balanced universe, and the legend goes that some priests living in Mexico (where this flower hails) named them cosmos because their petals are all even and lined up and symmetrical and, well, balanced.
They are symbols of kindness, as well as peace, and if given as a gift by your lover, it means they love you the most. Plus, I think it's really romantic to give someone cosmos, because it's kind of like you're giving them the whole universe, right? *sigh* Super romantic flowers and a little bit of good ol' fashioned science references: the cosmos has something for everyone.
Real life cosmos come in so many different colors. Typically they have bright yellow centers, and then 8 or petals in bright pinks, but also orange, purple, white, yellow, red, burgundy, and even two-toned varieties. The darker burgundy cosmos are called chocolate cosmos, by the way, because their fragrance is pretty similar to that of chocolate!
If you're looking to feature cosmos in your wedding florals, you're making a stunning and beautiful choice. And if you're looking for sugar cosmos to adorn your wedding cake, look no further than my Etsy shop! ;)
*The other birth flower of October, by the way, is the marigold!