Language of Flowers

Sending flowers must be one of the most special ways to brighten up someone’s day. It’s made extra special if the flower meanings send a message, too There is more to just giving or receiving flowers, as every flower lover knows but even the experts can’t agree on the real meaning of many flowers. Here are a few of the more traditional ones.

Acacia Acacia Beauty in retirement; Friendship; Concealed love: Chaste love
Aconite Aconitum Beware, a deadly foe is near
Allium   Unity; Humility; Patience
Alstroemeria   Wealth; Prosperity; Fortune
Ambrosia   Your love is reciprocated
Amaryllis Hippeastrum Pride; Splendid Beauty; Timidity
Anemone   Forsaken; Expectations
Aster Callistephus Symbol of love; Daintiness; Afterthought
Baby’s Breath Gypsophila Pure of heart; Innocence
Bachelor’s Button Centaurea Cyanus Hope in love; Felicity; Delicacy; Single blessedness
Begonia Begonia Beware
Bells of Ireland Molucella Laevis Good luck
Bluebell Scilla Nutans Humility; Everlasting love
Bouvardia   Enthusiasm
Buttercup   Childishness
Cactus   Endurance
Caladium   Great joy and delight
Camellia   Gratitude; Perfection
Camellia (blue)   You’re a flame in my heart
Camellia (pink)   Longing for you
Camellia (white)   You’re adorable; Perfected loveliness
Camellia (red)   Unpretending excellence
Carnation Dianthus Caryophyllus Fascination; Womanly love; Devoted love
Carnation (Red) Dianthus Caryophyllus My heart aches for you; Admiration
Carnation ( Pink) Dianthus Caryophyllus I’ll never forget you; Woman’s love
Carnation (Purple Dianthus Caryophyllus Capriciousness
Carnation (Striped Dianthus Caryophyllus Sorry I can’t be with you; No; Refusal; Wish I could be with you
Carnation (White) Dianthus Caryophyllus Innocence; Sweet and lovely; Pure love; Woman’s good luck gift; You’re  adorable
Carnation (Yellow Dianthus Caryophyllus Rejection; You have disappointed me
Chrysanthemum Dendranthema Cheerfulness; You’re a wonderful friend; Rest; Loveliness; Abundance; Wealth
Chrysanthemum (Red) Dendranthema I love
Chrysanthemum (Yellow) Dendranthema Slighted love
Chrysanthemum (White) Dendranthema Truth
Crocus   Youthful gladness; Cheerfulness
Cyclamen Cyclamen Resignation; Goodbye
Daffodil   You’re the only one; Regard; Unrequited love; The sun shines when I’m  with you
Dahlia Dahlia Dignity; Elegance; Good taste; Instability
Daisy   Innocence; Loyal love; I’ll never tell; Purity; Gentleness; Romance
Delphinium   Flight of fancy; Ardent attachment
Fern   Secret bond of love; Fascination; Sincerity; Magic
Fleur De Lis   Flame; Burning
Forget-Me-Not Myosotis Faithful love; Undying hope; Memories; Do not forget; True love
Forsythia   Good nature; Innocence; Anticipation
Freesia   Innocence; Trust; Friendship
Galax   Encouragement
Gardenia   Purity; Sweet love; You’re lovely; Secret love; Refinement
Geranium Hardy Cranesbill Folly; Stupidity
Gladiolus   Strength of character; Sincerity; Generosity; Natural grace
Gloxinia   Love at first sight
Grass   Submission
Heather (Lavender) Erica Admiration; Solitude
Heather (White)   Protection; Wishes will come true
Hibiscus   Delicate beauty
Holly   Foresight; Domestic happiness; Defense
Hyacinth Hyacinthus Games; Sports; Rashness
Hyacinth (Blue) Hyacinthus Constancy
Hyacinth (Purple) Hyacinthus Please forgive me; Sorrow
Hyacinth (Red / Pink) Hyacinthus Play
Hyacinth (White) Hyacinthus Loveliness; I’ll pray for you
Hyacinth (Yellow) Hyacinthus Jealousy
Hydrangea Hydrangea Thank-you for understanding; Frigidity; Heartlessness
Iris Iris Faith; Wisdom; Valor; Promise; My compliments; Hope; Message
Ivy   Wedded love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection
Jonquil Narcissus Affection returned; Sympathy; Desire; Love me
Lilac (Purple) Syringa First emotion of love
Lilac (White) Syringa Youthful innocence; Purity; Modesty; Virginity; Majesty
Lily ( Calla) Zantedeschia Beauty
Lily (Day) Hemerocallis Coquetry
Lily (Eucharis)   Maiden charms
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Lily (Tiger)   Wealth; Pride; Prosperity
Lily of the Valley   Sweetness; Humility; Return of happiness
Longi Lily Lilium Longiflorum Pure; Modest
Magnolia   Love of nature; Nobility; Dignity
Marigold Tagetes Grief; Cruelty; Jealousy; Sacred affection; Despair
Mimosa, Bloom Acacia Concealed love; Sensitivity
Monkshood Aconitum Chivalry; Beware; A deadly foe is near
Moss   Maternal love; Charity
Myrtle Vinca Duty; Affection; Home; Love; Discipline; Instruction
Narcissus   Stay as sweet as you are; Egotism; Formality
Nasturtium Tropaeolum Patriotism; Conquest; Victory in battle
Oleander   Caution; Beauty; Grace
Orange Blossom   Purity; Innocence; Eternal love; Marriage; Fruitfulness; Loveliness
Orchid   Love; Beauty; Refinement; Beautiful lady; Flower of magnificence
Orchid (Cattleya)   Mature charm
Palm Leaves   Victory; Success
Pansy Viola Thoughtful reflection; Merriment
Peony   Bashfulness; Happy marriage; Prosperity
Petunia Petunia Hybrida Resentment; Anger; Your presence soothes me
Phlox Phlox Our souls are united
Pine   Hope; Pity
Poinsettia   Be of good cheer
Poppy Papaver Eternal sleep; Imagination; Oblivion
Poppy ( Red) Papaver Pleasure
Poppy ( White) Papaver Consolation
Poppy (Yellow) Papaver Wealth; Success
Primrose Primula I can’t live without you
Primrose (Evening) Lamarckiana Inconstancy
Queen Anne’s Lace Ammi Majus Haven
Ranunculus   Radiant; Charming
Rose (Red)   Love; I love you; Respect; Courage
Rose (Pink)   Perfect happiness; Gentility; Grace; Please believe me
Rose (Deep Pink)   Thank you
Rose (Light Pink)   Admiration
Rose (Yellow)   Friendship; Joy and happiness; Jealousy; Trying to care; Gladness
Rose (White)   Innocence; Purity; Heavenly; Secrecy; Silence; Charm
Rose (Peach / Coral)   Enthusiasm; Desire
Rose (Orange)   Enthusiasm; Desire
Roses (Red & White)   Unity
Rose (Single Red)   Simplicity; I love you
Rose (Long Stemmed)   I will remember you always
Rose (Short Stemmed)   Sweetheart; Girlhood
Roses (Assorted Colors)   You’re everything to me
Roses (Mature Blooms)   Gratitude
Roses (Single Full Bloom) I love you; I still love you  
Rosebud   Beauty; Youth; A heart innocent of love
Rosebud (Red)   Pure; Lovely
Rosebud (White)   Girlhood
Snapdragon Antirrhinum Gracious lady; Deception; Presumption
Spider Flower   Elope with me
Statice   Sympathy; Remembrance
Stephanotis   Happiness in marriage; Desire to travel; Come to me
Stock Matthiola Lasting beauty; Bonds of affection; Promptness; You’ll always be  beautiful to me
Sunflower Helianthus Adoration; Pride; Sunshine
Sweet Pea Lathyrus Delicate pleasures; Goodbye; Blissful pleasure; Departure; Thank you for  a lovely time
Sweet William Dianthus Barbatus Grant me one smile; Gallantry
Tulip Tulipa Perfect lover; Fame; Love; Passion
Tulip (Red) Tulipa Believe me; Declaration of love
Tulip (Yellow) Tulipa There is sunshine in your smile; Hopeless love
Tulip (Variegated) Tulipa Beautiful eyes
Verbena   Will you get your wish?
Veronica   Fidelity
Violet Viola Modesty; Faithfulness; Virtue
Violet (Blue) Viola I’ll always be true; Watchfulness
Violet (White) Viola Let’s take a chance on happiness
Viscaria   Will you dance with me?
Wallflower Erysimum Fidelity in adversity
Water Lily   Purity of heart
Wisteria Sinensis Welcome
Xeranthemum   Eternity; Immortality
Yarrow   Healing
Zinnia Zinnia Thoughts of absent friends
Zinnia (Magenta) Zinnia Lasting affection
Zinnia (Scarlet) Zinnia Constancy
Zinnia (White) Zinnia Goodness
Zinnia (Yellow) Zinnia Daily remembrance
Zinnia (Mixed) Zinnia Thinking / In memory of an absent friend
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