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Green is a pervasive color in nature that is attached to strong symbolism in most cultures. The following are common examples of symbolism, meanings and perceptions of green color.
Nature Green
Green is pervasive in nature and is first and foremost perceived as natural.
Spring Green
Spring and renewal.
Peter Pan
Youth and inexperience. This is by analogy to Spring.
Mint Green
Some shades of green are perceived as minty.
Earth Green
Green symbolizes the planet Earth, the environment and environmentalism.
Dollar Green
Green is associated with dollars and symbolizes money.
Caribbean Green
Green-blue colors are associated with marine and oceanic environments.
Toxic Green
Bright fluorescent greens can be perceived as toxic and poisonous.
Monster Green
In storytelling and myth green is often used for monsters.
Emerald Green
Deep dark greens can feel luxurious.
Elite Green
Very dark greens are occasionally used to symbolize high status.
Forest Green
Green symbolizes forests and trees.
Golf Green
Sports and particular sports such as golf.
Lime Green
Green can feel fruity and citrusy.
Christmas Green
Green strongly symbolizes Christmas when combined with red.
Irish Green
Ireland, Irish culture and Irish folklore such as leprechaun.
Particular brownish shades of green can look like kelp or moss.
Zombie Green
In popular culture, zombies are often green.
Vibrant greens may invoke images of grass, lawns and suburbia.
Creamy middle greens tend to be perceived as an avocado color.
Military Green
Olive greens tend to be associated with the army and camouflage.
Turtle Green
Green animals such as turtles and frogs.
Grasshopper Greens
Insects and specific insects such as grasshoppers.
Due to its association with cool vegetation and mints, green is perceived as cool or cold.
Go Green
Green is culturally associated with permission and all-clear status.
Money Green
Green is traditionally used to highlight profits and other positive results.
Tea Green
Green is associated with vegetables, green tea and healthy food.
Alien Green
In pop culture, aliens are imagined as green.
Dragon Green
Green is generally associated with mythical creatures such as dragons.
Pine Tree
Dark greens can feel like pine, northern forests and alpine environments.
Life Green
Green is often used to symbolize biology and life.
Green is considered an auspicious and lucky color in some cultures.


The following are common associations with the color green.
Aliens (from film and fiction)
Cool (color temperature)
Dragons & Other Mythical Creatures
Gaelic Culture
Go (from traffic lights)
Good Luck
Normal Status (see below)
Refreshing (i.e. minty)
Water (e.g. green seas)
Green is associated with youth and inexperience. This likely originated with analogies to Spring. This is also extended to abstract concepts that have a youthful or Spring feel such as hope.
Many shades of green, such as olive drab, have a military feel to them due to their use in camouflage and military uniforms. Green is particularly associated with the army.
Green is symbolic of money, finance and greed due to the green color of the currency of the United States of America. The color green also has a long association with banking in Europe.
Green is associated with medical things as it is traditionally used in medical uniforms. It is also associated with sickness, possibly due to actual conditions that turn the skin green. This may also be a literary device whereby green is used as an unnatural color for human skin that symbolizes emotional states such as jealousy and physical sickness.
Medium green is strongly associated with Christmas when combined with medium red. For this reason, green and red are often thought to clash due to an unintentional Christmas feel.
The perceptual color temperature of green is cool. In other words, humans tend to perceive green things as cool to the touch. This is due to the green elements of nature such as plants and green seas that tend to have a cooling effect.
Green is traditionally associated with jealousy and envy with sayings such as "green with envy." This likely originated with Othello, a 1603 tragedy written by William Shakespeare with the line "Beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on."
Bright greens such as neon green are traditionally associated with poison and toxic things. This may be related to the color of actual historical poisons such as Scheele’s green, a historically popular pigment that contains arsenic.
Green is pervasive in nature and is used to symbolize all things natural and environmental.
Much green symbolism extends from the use of the color in stop lights where it means "go." For example, green is commonly used in communications, reporting and controls to symbolize safety, success and normal status.
Green is considered an important color to Islam where it is associated with paradise.
Green is associated with good luck in Irish folklore.
In many Asian cultures, green is an auspicious color that symbolizes luck and the products of luck such as wealth. Historically, the green colored stone jade was valued in Asia as gold and diamonds were in the West.
Green is a very common color for the flags of nations. A few of these are listed above as examples.
The color psychology of green largely relates to the symbolism of the color. Context is also important. For example, being around green trees may have a very different emotional effect than painting your walls a toxic shade of bright green.
Keep in mind that green isn't a single color but rather a range of color that includes countless variations.
Linguistically, some languages traditionally make no distinction between green and blue. For example, Japanese language historically categorizes greens as blues. If this seems strange to you, this is a result of your cultural background. Categorization of color by culture is somewhat arbitrary. For example, a strong argument can be made that cyan is a foundational color alongside blue and green -- but people tend to perceive cyans as blues or greens.
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