Often times, white flowers are considered to symbolize purity and innocence. In Looking for Alaska, Alaska Young was the witnes of her mother's death when she was just 8 years old. Before Mrs. Young's passing, she would alway pick white daisies from her yard and tuck them behind her little girls ear. In the novel, these flowers come to symbolize her mother's life and the happy times they shared. Every year without fail, on the anniversary of her mother's death, Alaska puts a single white daisy on her mothers grave. The white flowers also symbolize the once innocent and pure little girl she used to be, because it's one of the few aspects of her young life that was always constant to her. The white daisies also seem to resemble Alaska wishing to revert back to that time of simplicity and purity and innocence in her life. The way she doodles them all over the place describes how often she thinks about her mother and the time before her death- the time before she lost that pureness about her. The white flowers also symbolize Mrs. Young's hope for her daughter that she remains as innocent and pure as she was when she was just a little girls. When a white flower is given to another, it can almost be seen a sort of reminder to stay pure: like the flower itself. This is an accurate representation of Mrs. Young's feelings towards the flowers she gives her daughter. There's also the well known saying, "fresh as a daisy". Because of the way that Alaska annually places white flowers on her mother's grave, this ritual can be seen as her way to become "fresh" again because she was able to spend time with her mother. This time may be Alaska's way of recharging and feeling connected to the mom she lost, thus helping her feel "refreshed."