The Blue Flower (German: Blaue Blume) is a central symbol of Romanticism. It stands for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable.
Local blue-blooming flowers such as the Chicory or Cornflower are often seen as parallels to the "blue flower."
German author Novalis first used the symbol in his unfinished novel of formation, entitled Heinrich von Ofterdingen. After contemplating a meeting with a stranger, the young Heinrich von Ofterdingen dreams about blue flowers which call to him and absorb his attention. (The Japanese translation of the novel was entitled Aoi Hana (青い花), literally "blue flower", emphasizing the motif.)
The 1995 East German film about Novalis is called Novalis - Die blaue Blume (Novalis - The Blue Flower).
See Also: Flowers, Florist, Florists