How Flowers Relate to the Enneagram

By now, I think most of us have at least heard of the Enneagram. And if you haven’t, it’s basically a description of nine different personality types ranging from 1-9. I’ve been reading quite a bit about the Enneagram lately, so I thought it would be fun to pair a specific flower to each personality type in this month’s blog post. I hope you enjoy my take on it!

1) “The Reformer” - Dahlia

“The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic.” Although this is not my personal enneagram type, it IS my favorite flower! To me, the Dahlia represents perfection in the flower world because of its beautiful petal shape and color variety. It is also a very elegant flower.

“Cafe Au Lait” Dahlia

“Cafe Au Lait” Dahlia

2) “ The Helper” - Anthurium

“The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive.” The Anthurium is a large, tropical, focal bloom and symbolizes kindness and generosity. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend you would describe as “the helper,” you can purchase an anthurium plant for them from a garden center or plant nursery. They’ll love it!

Tropical Green Anthurium

Tropical Green Anthurium

3) “The Achiever” - Tulip

“The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious.” Honestly, this one was the toughest type to choose a flower variety. But, I decided to go with the Tulip! Tulips are adaptive flowers that are what we call “phototropic.” This means that they will grow toward the sun (or window if indoors) even if they are initially facing the opposite direction! To me, this describes the attitude of an “Achiever” because they are resilient and will continue to grow towards the light in order to be successful!

Apricot Parrot Tulip

Apricot Parrot Tulip

4) “The Individualist” - Orchid

“The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental.” Growing up in south Florida, I was surrounded by lots of tropical flowers and plants- including orchids! If you’ve ever seen one, they are definitely an expressive, dramatic and temperamental flower. At peak bloom seasons, their petals are large and numerous. Sometimes, they can be quite finicky when it comes to watering frequency, temperature and humidity of their environment.

Phalaenopsis Orchid from my Grandmother’s home

Phalaenopsis Orchid from my Grandmother’s home

5) “The Investigator” - Coxcomb Celosia

“The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated.” If you’ve never heard of Coxcomb Celosia, you’re probably not alone ;) This is a very unique flower that is not very commonly found. I chose this flower for this Enneagram type because of its texture. It looks like a brain! Since Type 5 is very analytical and “cerebral” as the description says, I thought this flower would be the perfect match.

Coxcomb Celosia (the “Brain” Flower). Photo from The Flower Expert

Coxcomb Celosia (the “Brain” Flower). Photo from The Flower Expert

6) “The Loyalist” - Rose

“The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious.” This happens to be my own Enneagram type! Although this type can be considered anxious with a more negative perception in general, I went with the Rose because you can always count on this flower to last for a good length of time and it is generally pretty hardy as well. To me, you can never go wrong with a beautiful rose!

Quicksand Rose

Quicksand Rose

7) “The Enthusiast” - Delphinium

“The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered.” Did you know the word “Delphinium” comes from the word “dolphin?” Dolphins are known as playful creatures that are also very smart and always seem like they have somewhere to go! The Delphinium flower’s main color is blue like a dolphin (although it also grows in a white variety). Dolphins seem to always be smiling and happy mammals and the Delphinium flower always makes me smile when I look at one!

Blue Delphinium in a trio of bud vases

Blue Delphinium in a trio of bud vases

8) “The Challenger” - Air Plant

“The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational.” This type was a tough one for me to choose a flower! But, we are going with the Air Plant because if you’ve ever seen one, their shape is quite unique and will dominate any arrangement or floral design. This flower/plant does not fit well with every type of arrangement style, but it is definitely one that will challenge the designer to think outside the box!

Photo from The Air Plant Hub

Photo from The Air Plant Hub

9) “The Peacemaker” - Anemone

“The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent.” One of my favorite flowers, the Anemone is known as a protector against evil. What better type to pair it with than “The Peacemaker?!” Anemones are beautiful focal flowers on their own and when added to a bouquet, I really feel like they complete the design and bring a sort of “peace” to it!

Linnea Kay Photography

Linnea Kay Photography

So….what did you think of my descriptions of different flowers and how they relate to each number on the Enneagram? If you’d like to learn more about the Enneagram, click here. If you’d like to learn more about flower types and their meanings, you can read more here. Lastly, I’d love to know which Enneagram type YOU are and what you thought about the flower I chose for your type! Let me know by leaving a comment :)

Sending flower joy,

Morgan | Wellspring Floral

Sources:

  1. https://www.fiftyflowers.com/blog/flower-meanings-focal-flowers/

  2. https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions

Cover Photo by Dianna Ascarrunz Photography