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Flower Meanings

Our floral dictionary defines flowers according to their traditional meanings. Check here when you wish to send a subtle message through a bouquet - or to decode the spray you've received!

 

 

A

 

Absinth/Wormwood:

Separation and Torment of Love

Acacia:

Platonic Love, concealed love

Aconite/Monkshood:

Misanthropy and Poisonous Words

Adams's Needle:

A Friend in Need

Adonis:

Recollection of Life's Pleasure

Almond:

Virginity and Fruitfulness

Almond Blossom:

Hope and Watchfulness

Aloe:

Wisdom and Integrity

Allspice:

Compassion

Alyssum (sweet):

Worth beyond beauty

Amaranth:

Fidelity

Amaranth, Globe:

Unchangeable

Amaryllis:

Pastoral Poetry, Pride

Ambrosia:

Your Love is reciprocated

Anemone:

Refusal and Abandonment, Forsaken

Apple:

Symbol of Perpetual Concord

Apricot Blossom:

Timid Love

Abor Vitae:

True Friendship

Arbutus:

Thee only do I Love

Artemesia:

Symbol of Dignity

Asphodel:

Languor and Regret

Aster:

Daintiness, Symbol of Love

Azalea:

Fragile and Ephemeral Passion

B

 

Baby's Breath:

Happiness

Bay Wreath:

Reward of Merit

Begonia:

"Beware! I am fanciful!"

Bindweed:

Coquette and Busybody

Bittersweet:

Truth

Blackthorn/Sloe:

Difficulty and Austerity

Blue Bell:

Delicacy and Humility

Burdock:

Importunity and Boredom

Buttercup:

Childishness

C

 

Cactus:

Bravery and Endurance

Camellia:

Excellence and Steadfastness

Camellia, red:

You're a flame in my heart

Camellia, white:

You're adorable

Camomile:

Initiative and Ingenuity

Candytuft:

Indifference

Canterbury Bell:

Constancy and Warning

Cardinal Flower:

Distinction and Splendor

Carnation:

Fascination

Carnation, Pink:

Emblem of Mother's Day, I will never forget you

Carnation, Purple:

Antipathy and Capriciousness

Carnation, Red:

Admiration, my heart aches for you

Carnation, Striped:

No, Sorry, I cannot be with you

Carnation, White:

Pure Love, Sweet Love, Innocence

Carnation, Yellow:

Disdain and Rejection

Cedar Leaf:

"I live for thee"

Chestnut:

Independence and Injustice

China Aster:

Jealousy and After-thought

Chrysanthemum:

You are a wonderful friend

Chrysanthemum, Red:

I love you

Chrysanthemum, White:

Truth

Chrysanthemum, Yellow:

Slighted Love

Cinnamon:

Love and Beauty

Clematis:

Artifice and Ingenuity

Clove:

Dignity and Restraint

Clover:

Fertility and Domestic Virtue

Clover, Four leafed:

Symbol Of Good Luck

Clover, Five leafed:

Symbol Of Bad Luck

Cockscomb/Celosia:

Silliness or Foppery

Coltsfoot:

Maternal Love and Care

Columbine:

Cuckoldry and Deserted Love

Convolvulus:

Humble Perseverance

Coreopsis:

Always cheerful

Cornflower:

Delicacy

Crane's-bill/Wild Geranium:

Constancy and Availability

Crocus:

Youthful Gladness, Attachment, Cheerfulness

Crown Imperial:

Majesty and Power

Cyclamen:

Resignation & Goodbye

D

 

Daffodil:

Emblem of Annunciation/Regard, Unrequited love

Dahlia:

Good Taste

Daisy:

Gentleness, Innocence, Loyal love

Dandelion:

Oracle of Time and Love, Faithfulness, Happiness

Day Lily/Hemerocallis:

Emblem Of The Mother

Delphinium:

Airy

Dogwood:

Durability

E

 

Edelweiss:

Daring & Noble Courage

Eglantine:

Spring & Poetry

Elderberry Blossom:

Humility and Kindness

Everlasting:

Constancy

F

 

Fennel:

Strength

Fern:

Sincerity, Magic, Fascination, Confidence, Shelter

Fir:

Time & Evaluation

Forget-me-not:

Faithful Love, Memories

Forsynthia:

Anticipation

Fuchsia:

Amiability

G

 

Gardenia:

"I love you in secret"

Geranium, Oak-leaf:

Friendship

Geranium, Rose:

Preference

Gillyflower, Pink:

Bonds Of Affection

Gladiolus:

Strength Of Character, I am really sincere

Gloxinia:

Love at first sight

Goldenrod:

Treasure And Good Fortune

H

 

Heather, Purple:

Admiration, Beauty and Solitude

Heather, Pink:

"Good Luck"

Heather, White:

Protection From Danger

Heliotrope:

Devotion, Eternal Love

Hibiscus:

Delicate Beauty

Holly:

Foresight

Hollyhock:

Ambition and Liberality

Honeysuckle:

Sweetness Of Disposition

Hyacinth:

Games & Sports

Hyacinth, purple:

I am sorry, Please forgive me, Sorrow

Hyacinth, white:

Loveliness, I will pray for you

Hyacinth, yellow:

Jealousy

Hydrangea :

Vanity, Thank you for understanding, Frigidity

I

 

Iris:

Faith, Wisdom, Valor, Your Friendship means so much to me

Ivy:

Friendship, Wedded love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection

J

 

Jasmine, Red:

Folly and Glee

Jasmine, White:

Amiability and Cheerfulness

Jasmine, Yellow:

Timidity and Modesty

Jonquil:

Violent Sympathy and Desire, Love me, Affection returned

L

 

Lady's Slipper:

Capricious Beauty

Larkspur:

Open Heart

Laurel:

Success and Renown

Lavender:

Constancy

Lilac, Mauve:

"Do You Still Love Me"

Lilac, Pink:

Youth and Acceptance

Lilac, White:

"My First Dream Of Love"

Lily, Calla:

Majestic Beauty

Lily, Day:

Coquetry

Lily, Orange:

Hatred and Disdain, Wealth, Pride

Lily, White:

Majesty and Purity, Virginity

Lily-Of-The-Valley:

Purity and Humility, Sweetness

Lotus:

Mystery and Truth

Love-In-The-Mist/Nigell:

Delicacy and Perplexity

M

 

Magnolia:

Dignity, Splendid Beauty

Marigold:

Sacred Affection, Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy

Marjoram:

Comfort and Consolation

Marvel-Of-Peru:

Flame of Love

Mistletoe:

Affection and Love

Mimosa:

Sensitivity

Myrtle:

Love, Mirth and Joy

N

 

Narcissus:

Egotism, Formality

Nasturtium:

Patriotism

O

 

Oleander:

Beauty and Grace

Orange Blossom:

Your Purity Equals Your Loveliness, Innocence, Eternal Love

Orange Mock:

Deceit

Orchid:

Magnificence, Love, Beauty, Refinement

P

 

Pansy:

Thoughtful Recollection

Passionflower:

Faith and Piety

Peach Blossom:

Generosity and Bridal Hope

Pear Blossom:

Health and Hope

Peony:

Healing, Life, Happy Marriage, Gay life

Peppermint:

Warmth of Feelings

Periwinkle, Blue:

Early Friendship

Periwinkle, White:

Pleasures of Memory

Petunia:

Anger and Resentment

Phlox:

Sweet Dreams

Plum Blossom:

Beauty and Longevity

Poinsettia:

"Be of Good Cheer"

Poppy:

Imagination, Dreaminess, Eternal sleep

Poppy, yellow:

Wealth, Success

Primrose:

Young Love, I cannot live without you

Primrose, evening:

Inconstancy

Q

 

Queen Anne's Lace:

Fantasy

R

 

Rose, Bridal:

Happy Love

Rose, Carolina:

Love Is Dangerous

Rose, Christmas:

Peace and Tranquility

Rose, Coral/Orange:

Enthusiasm, Desire

Rose, Dark Pink:

Thank you

Rose, Light Pink:

Admiration

Rose, Musk:

Capricious Beauty

Rose, Pale:

Friendship

Rose, Peach:

Let's get together, Closing of the deal

Rose, Pink:

Love, Grace, Gentility, You're so Lovely, Perfect Happiness, Please believe me

Rose, Pink & White:

I love you still and always will

Rose, Red:

Love, Desire, Respect, Courage, Job well done

Rose, Red & Yellow:

Congratulations

Rose, White:

Charm, Secrecy, Silence, You're Heavenly, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness and Innocence

Rose, White on Red:

Unity/Flower Emblem of England

Rose, Yellow:

Infidelity, Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Jealousy, Welcome Back, Remember me

Rose, Yellow & Orange:

Passionate thoughts

Rosemary:

Constancy, Fidelity and Loyalty

S

 

Salvia, Blue:

"I Think of You"

Smilax:

Lovely

Snapdragon:

Presumption, Deception, Gracious lady

Snowdrop:

Hope and Consolation

Spearmint:

Warmth of Sentiment

Spider Flower:

Elope with me

Statice:

Lasting Beauty

Stephanotis:

Happiness in marriage

Stock:

Bonds of affection, You will always be beautiful to me

Sunflower:

Homage and Devotion

Sweet Basil:

Good Luck

Sweet Pea:

Departure, Blissful pleasure, Thanks for a lovely time

Sweet William:

Gallantry, Finesse and Perfection

T

 

Thrift:

Sympathy

Thyme:

Courage and Activity

Tiger Lily:

Wealth and Pride

Tuberose:

Dangerous Pleasures

Tulip:

Symbol of The Perfect Lover

Tulip, Red:

Believe me, Declaration of love

Tulip, Variegated:

Beautiful eyes

V

 

Violet:

Modesty and Simplicity

Viscaria:

Will you dance with me?

W

 

Wallflower:

Friendship and Adversity

Water Lily:

Eloquence and Persuasion

Wisteria:

Youth and Poetry

Withered Flowers:

Rejected love

X

 

Xeranthemum:

Eternity and Immortality

Y

 

Yarrow:

Healing

Z

 

Zinnia:

Thoughts of Absent Friends

Zinnia, Pink:

Lasting Affection