Most of us would be aware that flowers have meanings associated with them and there are often particular flowers suited, or not suited for specific occasions. For example red roses are symbolic of love and the most appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Yellow roses are known as a sign of friendship but can also hint at infidelity or zealousness. Arum lillies are traditional at funerals and modern day bridal bouquets often contain the captivating and regal calla lillies.
But often we give or receive flowers without thinking or even realising that each bloom has a meaning.
Below are the meanings of some of the more popular and traditional flowers (beware though as meanings below have been derived from a number of sources and can be contrary!) At the end of the day take the meaning as you wish to convey –
Azalea – Abundance, Fragile and Ephemeral Passion
Begonia – Deep thoughts, Beware I am fanciful!
Camellia – Graciousness, Excellence and Steadfastness
Carnation – pink – Gratitude. Mother’s Day favourite
Carnation – red – Admiration, My heart aches for you!
Carnation – white – Remembrance, Sweet love, Innocence
Carnation – yellow – Cheerful, Disdain and Rejection
Chrysanthemum – white – Truth
Chrysanthemum – red – Sharing, I love you
Crocus – Foresight, Cheerfulness
Daffodil – Chivalry, Unrequited love
Daisy – Innocence, Gentleness
Freesia – Spirited
Forget-me-not – Remember me forever, Faithful love, Memories
Gardenia – Joy, I secretly love you
Geranium – Comfort, Friendship
Gladiolus – Strength of Character, I am sincere
Hibiscus – Delicate beauty
Hydrangea – Perseverance, Vanity, Frigidity, Understanding
Iris – Inspiration, Faith, Wisdom
Jasmine – Grace and elegance
Lavender – Distrust, Constancy
Lilac – First love, youth
Calla Lilly – Regal, Majestic Beauty
Magnolia – Dignity, Splendid Beauty
Marigold – Desire for riches, Jealousy, Cruelty
Orchid – Delicate beauty, Magnificence, Refinement
Pansy – Loving thoughts, Thoughtful recollections
Poppy – Consolation, Imagination, Dreaminess
Rhododendron – Beware
Rose – pink – Friendship, Thank you
Rose – red – Passionate love, desire
Rose – white – Purity, Innocence, Secrecy
Rose – yellow – Zealous, Infidelity, Friendship
Sunflower – Adoration, Devotion
Sweetpea – Shyness, Departure
Tulip – pink – Caring
Tulip – red – Declaration of love, Believe me
Tulip – white – Forgiveness
Wisteria – Steadfast, Youth
If you know alternative meanings or contradiction please feel free to comment and let us know ...
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