10 Beautiful Flowers for Decoration Only, Strictly No Incense Burning to Avoid Disapproval and Bad Luck

In Feng Shui and spiritual beliefs, there are certain flowers that may seem mesmerizingly beautiful but are considered inauspicious for offering or lighting incense, as they bring bad luck.


In feng shui and worshiping, the types of incense flowers must be beautiful, meaningful, and have names that do not evoke negative connotations. Therefore, you should pay attention to the following types of flowers when burning incense to avoid bad luck:

Rose with many thorns

Roses are a common type of flower sold on full moon days and holidays. Roses symbolize beauty and are famous for their beauty around the world. However, not all types of roses are used for burning incense. Roses with many thorns are not good to burn incense according to feng shui because the sharp thorns create negative energy, affecting the ancestral spirits. Folk beliefs consider sharp objects as “eliminating” ancestral spirits, but in fact, ancestral spirits and departed souls are considered as spiritual entities. Moreover, incense should not be offered with multicolored flowers. Therefore, you need to be careful when choosing roses, clean the leaves and remove the thorns or choose thornless red roses.

White chrysanthemum

Yellow chrysanthemums are common incense flowers, but white chrysanthemums should not be used. That is because white chrysanthemums evoke funerals, farewells, and sorrows. Small white chrysanthemums are less formal and can have an unpleasant smell. Therefore, it is not suitable to burn incense of white chrysanthemums on ordinary days. This type of flower is only used in funerals to bid farewell to the departed.


Marigolds have a beautiful name and are very popular in Vietnam, especially in the southern provinces. However, these flowers have a foul smell, so they should only be used for decoration in the lobby, doorways, and not for offering on altars as they can create unpleasant odors that disturb the energy field in the worship area.


There is a saying that jasmine can be inserted into buffalo dung, so although this flower is very fragrant and has a pure beauty, it is rarely used for worship. Instead, it is used for fragrance in rooms and also used as a flavoring in food.


Lilies are also a common type of flower, but many people avoid them because according to language, “li” means separation, breakup, so it does not bring a sense of good luck, happiness, and prosperity. Moreover, the strong fragrance of lilies can affect the energy field in the worship area. Therefore, be cautious when burning lily incense.


Plumeria is a beautiful flower, but it blooms and withers quickly, without any positive meanings. Moreover, the name “plumeria” does not carry any positive connotations, so it is avoided.


Lotus is a fragrant and beautiful flower, often planted in places like temples and pagodas. However, the shape of this flower resembles the female reproductive organ, so it is often avoided. Moreover, lotus flowers are often grown in places associated with temples and pagodas, so they should not be brought home as they may bring negative energy and bad luck.

Multicolored-dyed flowers

Currently, there are many types of flowers such as chrysanthemums, roses, and willow flowers that are dyed in different colors, which look very beautiful. But these types of flowers should only be used for decoration and not for worship. Because they do not create a solemn atmosphere.


Verbena is often grown as a fence and has a name that does not imply beauty. Therefore, it is avoided. Verbena is considered as a symbol of disrespect in behavior. Therefore, it should not be burned as incense.


Orchids are expensive flowers and are often used for decoration, but rarely used for burning incense because the word “phong” is close to “phong tình” (affairs). Placing orchids on the altar can bring bad luck and threaten happiness and fortune due to the interference of third parties.

According to the beliefs of feng shui and spiritual worshiping, incense should be offered with monochromatic flower arrangements, not with many types of flowers, and should not use too many colors to create a solemn atmosphere.

*Information is for reference purposes only