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.

A    
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
Azalea    
     
B    
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
     
C    
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
     
D    
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
     
F    
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
     
G    
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
     
H    
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
     
I    
Iris Iris Faith; Wisdom; Valor; Promise; My compliments; Hope; Message
Ivy   Wedded love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection
     
J    
Jonquil Narcissus Affection returned; Sympathy; Desire; Love me
     
L    
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
L   continued    
Lily (Tiger)   Wealth; Pride; Prosperity
Lily of the Valley   Sweetness; Humility; Return of happiness
Longi Lily Lilium Longiflorum Pure; Modest
     
     
M    
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
     
N    
Narcissus   Stay as sweet as you are; Egotism; Formality
Nasturtium Tropaeolum Patriotism; Conquest; Victory in battle
     
O    
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
     
P    
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
     
Q    
Queen Anne’s Lace Ammi Majus Haven
     
R    
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
     
S    
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
     
T    
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
     
V    
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?
     
W    
Wallflower Erysimum Fidelity in adversity
Water Lily   Purity of heart
Wisteria Sinensis Welcome
     
X    
Xeranthemum   Eternity; Immortality
     
Y    
Yarrow   Healing
     
Z    
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
     
     
Adapted from    
http://www.clareflorist.co.uk/meanings.asp