Flowers and What They Symbolize

We use flowers as gestures and symbols to communicate with our dear ones. What so ever the reason, Birthday, Marriage, or for good luck message, for the loved ones, or even at funerals. But today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules – it’s the sentiment that gives the gift its meaning.

Flower Type Flower Type Meaning
ACACIA Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love
AGAPANTHIS Secret Love
AMBROSIA Your Love is Given Back/Returned
AMARYLLIS Pride, Pastoral Poetry
ANEMONE Forsaken, sincerity
ARBUTUS Thee Only Do I Love
ASTER Symbol of Love, Daintiness
AZALEA Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
BACHELOR BUTTON Single Blessedness
BEGONIA Beware
BELLS OF IRELAND Good Luck
BITTERSWEET Truth
BLUEBELL Humility
CACTUS Endurance
CALADIUM Great joy and delight
CAMELLIA Good luck gift for a man
CAMELLIA (PINK) Longing for you
CAMELLIA (RED) You’re a Flame in My Heart
CAMELLIA (WHITE) You’re Adorable
CARNATION (GENERAL) Fascination, Woman Love
CARNATION (PINK) I’ll Never Forget You
CARNATION (RED) My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
CARNATION (PURPLE) Capriciousness, Whimsical
CARNATION (SOLID COLOR) Yes
CARNATION (STRIPED) No, Refusal, Sorry I Can’t Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You
CARNATION (WHITE) Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman’s Good Luck Gift
CARNATION (YELLOW) You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
CATTAIL Peace, Prosperity
CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) You’re a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE) Truth
CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW) Slighted Love
CROCUS Cheerfulness, gladness
CYCLAMEN Resignation and Good-bye
DAFFODIL Respect, Regard, Unrequited Love, You’re the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I’m with You
DAISY Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll Never Tell, Purity
DANDELION Faithfulness, Happiness
FERN Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter
FIR Time
FLAX Domestic Symbol
FORGET-ME-NOT True Love, Good Memories
FORSYTHIA Anticipation
FREESIA T rust
GARDENIA You’re Lovely, Secret Love
GERANIUM Stupidity, Folly
GLADIOLI Give Me a Break, I’m Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
GLOXINIA Love at First Sight
HEATHER (LAVENDER) Admiration, Solitude
HEATHER (WHITE) Protection, Wishes Will Come True
HOLLY Defence, Domestic Happiness
HONEYSUCKLE Happiness
HYACINTH (GENERAL) Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo
HYACINTH (BLUE) Constancy
HYACINTH (PURPLE) I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow
HYACINTH (RED OR PINK) Play
HYACINTH (WHITE) Loveliness, I’ll Pray for You
HYACINTH (YELLOW) Jealousy
HYDRANGEA Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness
IRIS Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valour, My Compliments
IVY Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
JONQUIL Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned
LARKSPUR (PINK) Fickleness
LILY (WHITE) Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It’s Heavenly to be with You
LILY (YELLOW) I’m Walking on Air, False and Gay
LILY (CALLA) Beauty
LILY (DAY) Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother
LILY (EUCHARIS) Maiden Charms
LILY (TIGER) Wealth, Pride
LILY OF THE VALLEY Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You’ve Made My Life Complete, beauty, gaiety
MAGNOLIA Nobility
MARIGOLD Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
MISTLETOE Kiss me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India
MONKSHOOD Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near
MOSS Maternal Love, Charity
MYRTLE Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage
NARCISSUS Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are
NASTURTIUM Conquest, Victory in Battle
OLEANDER Caution
ORANGE BLOSSOM Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
ORANGE MOCK Deceit
ORCHID Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtful, Maturity, Charm
ORCHID (CATTLEYA) Mature Charm
PALM LEAVES Victory and Success
PEONY Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage
PETUNIA Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me
PINE Hope, Pity
POPPY (GENERAL) Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
POPPY (RED) Pleasure
POPPY (WHITE) Consolation
POPPY (YELLOW) Wealth, Success
PRIMROSE I Can’t Live Without You
PRIMROSE (EVENING) Inconstancy
ROSE (BRIDAL) Happy Love
ROSE (DARK CRIMSON) Mourning
ROSE (HIBISCUS) Delicate Beauty
ROSE (LEAF) You May Hope
ROSE (PINK) Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
ROSE (RED) Love, I Love You
ROSE (TEA) I’ll Remember Always
ROSE (THORNLESS) Love at First Sight
ROSE (WHITE) Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You’re Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence
ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED) Unity, Flower Emblem of England
ROSE (WHITE-DRIED) Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue
ROSE (YELLOW) Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
ROSEBUD Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love
ROSEBUD (RED) Pure and Lovely
ROSEBUD (WHITE) Girlhood
ROSEBUD (MOSS) Confessions of Love
ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms) Gratitude
ROSES (Single Full Bloom) I Love You, I Still Love You
SMILAX Loveliness
SNAPDRAGON Deception, Gracious Lady
SPIDER FLOWER Elope with Me
STEPHANOTIS Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel
STOCK Bonds of Affection, Promptness, You’ll Always Be Beautiful to Me
SUNFLOWER Pride, Sunshine
SWEETPEA Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time
TULIP (GENERAL) Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland
TULIP (RED) Believe Me, Declaration of Love
TULIP (VARIEGATED) Beautiful Eyes
TULIP (YELLOW) There’s Sunshine in Your Smile
VIOLET Modesty
VIOLET (BLUE) Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I’ll Always Be True
VIOLET (WHITE) Let’s Take a Chance
VISCARIA Dance With Me
WISTERIA Welcome
ZINNIA (MAGENTA) Lasting Affection
ZINNIA (MIXED) Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend
ZINNIA (SCARLET) Constancy
ZINNIA (WHITE) Goodness
ZINNIA (YELLOW) Daily Remembrance

Download the Infographics showing How to Guide for selecting FLOWERS.

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