Morning Glory Meaning in Romance

Morning Glory Meaning

Morning glory flower meaning is eternal love. The star-shaped morning glory is symbolic of a single day each year in which the Chinese lovers, Chien Niu and Chih Neu, are allowed to meet.

Morning Glory Meaning in Chinese Lore

According to Chinese lore, Chien Niu was a boy star who was entrusted to take care of water buffalo in the heavenly kingdom. A girl star named Chih Neu was put in charge of seamstress duties.

They fell in love. The romance caused them to neglect their duties. In anger, God forced the young lovers to be separated on both sides of the Silver River and allowed them to meet only once during the whole year. 

Morning Glory Name Meaning

The morning glory is aptly named, as it blooms in the morning and dies by the afternoon. The flowers are funnel-shaped and prefer full sun. Morning glories will grow in poor, dry soil. They are a vine flower and are highly useful for trellises where they reduce the heating and cooling costs of buildings.

Morning Glory Medicinal and Culinary Uses

Morning glories are known in China for their medicinal properties. The seeds are said to have a laxative effect. Large amounts of the seeds can also be hallucinogenic. The water morning glory, also known as water spinach or swamp cabbage, can be eaten like lettuce. Although categorized as a noxious weed, the state of Texas allows water spinach to be grown for personal consumption.

Morning Glory Uses in Mesopotamia

In ancient Mesopotamia, morning glory juice was used in combination with substance from the Castilla elastica tree to make a bouncing rubber ball over three thousand years ago.

Morning Glory Meaning

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Kathleen Karlsen

Author of Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine

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