Syringa, better known as Lilac, is a genus of about 20 species of deciduous shrubs or trees in the olive family (Oleaceae), native to Eurasia.
Lilacs are one of the best known spring-flowering plants. They produce incredibly fragrant, tubular flowers which capture the essence of spring.
Lilacs come in different shapes, sizes and colors, encouraging everyone to admire them and use them in different ways.
The genus name comes from the Greek word “syrinx”, which means “tube” or “pipe”.
Lilacs have many meanings, but most commonly are associated with love.
They also symbolize rebirth, innocence, wisdom and remembrance.
Interesting facts about Syringa:
According to Greek mythology, a beautiful nymph named Syringa was chased by the god of the forests and fields, Pan. She escaped him by turning herself into a wonderful flower – Lilac.
Native Americans used their branches to make arrows, pipes and combs.
Lilacs have been used medicinally for centuries to treat fever, malaria, skin infections, sunburns, rashes, cuts and scrapes. Aside from aromatherapy, the medical use of these flowers is no longer commonly practised.
Because of their wonderful, subtle fragrance, Lilacs have been used as ingredient in perfumes and cosmetics.
Syringa flowers are edible so they can be used as food. You can add them in salads, cakes, cookies and other dishes.
In some cultures, it is believed some species have magical properties that can drive away negative energy and evil.
Throughout history, this flower have been a source of inspiration for many artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Walt Whitman and many others.