By Jill Brooke
Dragons are trending now thanks to HBO’s “House of Dragons,” the new hit spinoff prequel to “Game of Thrones.”
Some have suggested that the flower that represents “House of Dragons” would be the iris – since it has three distinct petals like the three featured dragons.
We asked iris expert Ben Schreiner of Oregon’s famous Schreiner’s Gardens to choose some favorite breeds that would be like a dragon. “Dracula’s Kiss for sure,” says Schreiner. “And Awakening Embers.” Of course, these flowers breathe beauty instead of fire.
With a name like snapdragon, we couldn’t help but also feature these flowers.
These strong stemmed blooms were so named because when you squeeze their throats, they snap open like a dragon.
Another dragon-like flower is this daylily that is the color of fire with a bold spewing yellow and bronzed orange.
Dragons and flowers have also been popular motifs in tattoos to perhaps soften the firebreathing dragon.
And it is also a popular motif in jewelry as rings, pins and necklaces can be bought on Etsy or bling jewelry.
“Game of Thrones” and its spinoff have created niche markets for themed jewelry such as dragons,” says Elena Castaneda, the owner of blingjewelry.com. “We always do well with movie or TV releases.”
In European tradition, the dragon is typically fire-breathing and tends to symbolize chaos or evil, whereas in East Asia it is usually a beneficent symbol of fertility, associated with water and the heavens. In fact, the dragon is one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. In Chinese culture, dragons symbolize imperial power, good fortune, power over weather and water, and a pioneering spirit.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD, floral editor for Aspire Design and Home magazine and contributor to Florists Review magazine.