FLOWERS and Their Meanings

25 May 2019

In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings because the flower selection was limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. But today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules – it’s the sentiment that gives the gift its meaning.

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For those interested in the historic meanings of flowers,

  • Alstroemeria - aspiring
  • Amaryllis - dramatic
  • Anemone - fragile
  • Apple Blossom - promis
  • Aster - contentment
  • Azalea - abundance
  • Baby's Breath - festivity
  • Bachelor Button - anticipation
  • Begonia - deep thoughts
  • Black-Eyed Susan - encouragement
  • Camellia - graciousness
  • Carnation pink - gratitude
  • Carnation red - flashy
  • Carnation striped - refusal
  • Carnation white - remembrance
  • Carnation yellow - cheerful
  • Chrysanthemum bronze - excitement
  • Chrysanthemum white - truth
  • Chrysanthemum red - sharing
  • Chrysanthemum yellow - secret admirer
  • Cosmos - peaceful
  • Crocus - foresight
  • Daffodil - chivalry
  • Delphinium - boldness
  • Daisy - innocence
  • Freesia - spirited
  • Forget-Me-Not - remember me forever
  • Gardenia - joy
  • Geranium - comfort
  • Ginger - proud
  • Gladiolus - strength of character
  • Heather - solitude
  • Hibiscus - delicate beauty
  • Holly - domestic happiness
  • Hyacinth - sincerity
  • Hydrangea - perseverance
  • Iris - inspiration
  • Ivy - fidelity
  • Jasmine - grace and elegance
  • Larkspur - beautiful spirit
  • Lavender - distrust
  • Lilac - first love
  • Lily Calla - regal
  • Lily Casablanca - celebration
  • Lily Day - enthusiasm
  • Lily Stargazer - ambition
  • Lisianthus - calming
  • Magnolia - dignity
  • Marigold - desire for riches
  • Nasturtium - patriotism
  • Orange Blossom - fertility
  • Orchid - delicate beauty
  • Pansy - loving thoughts
  • Passion flower - passion
  • Peony - healing
  • Poppy - consolation
  • Queen Anne's Lace - delicate femininity
  • Ranunculus - radiant
  • Rhododendron - beware
  • Rose pink - admiration/appreciation
  • Rose red - passionate love
  • Rose red & white - unity
  • Rose white - purity
  • Rose yellow - friendship
  • Snapdragon - presumptuous
  • Star of Bethlehem - hope
  • Stephanotis - good luck
  • Statice - success
  • Sunflower - adoration
  • Sweetpea - shyness
  • Tuberose - pleasure
  • Tulip pink - caring
  • Tulip purple - royalty
  • Tulip red - declaration of love
  • Tulip white - forgiveness
  • Tulip yellow - hopelessly in love
  • Violet - faithfulness
  • Wisteria - steadfast
  • Yarrow - good health
  • Zinnia - thoughts of friends

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