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Flowers & Their Meanings

Flowers have a language of their own, as any flower lover knows. Every emotion or sentiment is expressed in one form or another by their delicate blooms. Even experts disagree on the "true meaning" of many flowers and most have different meanings to different people. So, while all flowers convey thoughtfulness and love, here are the meanings of some of the most traditional flowers. Remember, a gift of flowers for someone special will always create its own personal meaning.


ABSINTH/WORMWOOD: Separation and Torment of Love.

ACACIA: Concealed love, chaste love.

ACONITE/MONKSHOOD: Misanthropy and Poisonous Words.

ADAMS'S NEEDLE: A Friend in Need.

ADONIS: Recollection of Life's Pleasure.

AGAPANTHUS: Love letters, love.

ALIUM: Strength.

ALLSPICE: Compassion.

ALMOND: Virginity and Fruitfulness.

ALMOND, FLOWERING: Hope.

ALOE: Wisdom and Integrity.

ALSTROMERIA: Wealth, prosperity, fortune.

ALYSSUM: Worth beyond beauty.

AMARANTH: Fidelity.

AMARANTH, GLOBE: Unchangeable.

AMARYLLIS: Pride, beauty.

AMBROSIA: Love is reciprocated.

AMERICAN ELM: Patriotism.

ANEMONE: Forsaken, expectation.

ANTHURIUM: Lover.

APPLE: Symbol of Perpetual Concord.

APPLE BLOSSOMS: Good fortune.

APRICOT BLOSSOM: Timid Love.

ABOR VITAE: True Friendship.

ARBUTUS: Thee only do I love.

ARTEMESIA: Symbol of Dignity.

ASPHODEL: Languor and Regret.

ASH TREE: Grandeur.

ASPARAGUS FERN: Fascination.

ASTER: Variety, elegance, daintiness. This purple wildflower was once burnedby the ancients because they believed the resulting smoke would drive awayevil. It was named for the Latin word for "star." Also known as the birthflower for September.

ASTILBE: I'll still be waiting.

AZALEA: Love, romance, first love, fragile passion, temperance. It is also the Chinese symbol of womanhood.

BABY'S BREATH: Innocence.

BACHELOR'S BUTTON: Single blessedness, felicity, celibacy.

BALSAM: Ardent love.

BAMBOO: Strength, loyalty, steadfastness.

BASIL: Best wishes.

BAY WREATH: Merit reward.

BEECH TREE: Prosperity.

BEGONIA: Be cordial, fanciful nature, beware.

BELLS OF IRELAND: Good luck, gratitude, whimsy.

BINDWEED: Coquette and Busybody

BIRCH: Meekness.

BIRD OF PARADISE: Magnificence.

BITTERSWEET: Truth.

BLACK-EYED SUSAN: Encouragement

BLACK POPLAR: Courage.

Blackthorn/Sloe: Difficulty and Austerity

BLUEBELL: Humility, constancy, grief.

BLUEBERRY: Prayer.

BOUVARDIA: Enthusiasm.

BOUQUET OF WITHERED FLOWERS: Rejected love

BROOM: Humility, neatness.

BUGLE: Lovable, cheers the heart.

Burdock: Importunity and Boredom

BUTTERCUP: Childishness, riches, ingratitude.

BUTTERFLY WEED: Let me go.

CACTUS: Endurance, warmth.

CALENDULA: Grace, grief, jealousy. Also the birthflower for October.

CALLA LILY: Magnificent beauty. Associated with the sixth wedding anniversary.

CAMELLIA: Gratitude, loveliness.

CAMELLIA, PINK: Longing for you.

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, distinction, divine love, woman, yes. Also the birthflower for January.

CARNATION, PINK: A woman's love, I'll never forget you, mother's love.

CARNATION, PURPLE: Capriciousness.

CARNATION, RED: Alas for my poor heart, admiration, my heart aches for you,friendship, pride, fascination.

CARNATION, STRIPED: Refusal, No, sorry I can't be with you.

CARNATION, WHITE: Innocence, faithfulness, sweet and lovely, pure love, ardent love, good luck.

CARNATION, YELLOW: Disdain, rejection, you have disappointed me.

CEDAR LEAF: "I live for thee"

CATTAIL: Peace, prosperity.

CEDAR: Strength.

CHESTNUT TREE: Justice, luxury.

CHINA ASTER: Jealousy and After-thought

CHRISTMAS/LENTEN ROSE (HELLEBORE): Beautiful year ahead.

CHRYSANTHEMUM: Cheerfulness, optimism, rest, truth, long life, joy. Considered to be a noble flower in Asian culture, mums are used as an object of meditation per a suggestion by Confucius. Also the birthflower for November.

CHRYSANTHEMUM, RED: I love.

CHRYSANTHEMUM, WHITE: Truth, loyal love.

CHRYSANTHEMUM, YELLOW: Slighted love.

CINNAMON: Love and Beauty

CLEMATIS: Clever, intellectual. Artifice and Ingenuity. Associated with the eighth wedding anniversary.

COCKSCOMB/CELOSIA: Silliness or Foppery

COLTSFOOT: Maternal Love and Care

CLOVER, FOUR-LEAF: Good luck, be mine. Faith, hope, love, and luck are represented by the four leaves. If you give your lover a four-leaf clover that you found, you belong to each other.

CLOVER, FIVE LEAFED: Symbol Of Bad Luck

CLOVES: Dignity.

COLUMBINE: Salvation, strength, wisdom.

CONVOLVULUS: Humble Perseverance

COREOPSIS: Cheerful.

CORN: Riches.

CORNFLOWER: Delicacy.

COSMOS: Modesty. Associated with the 2nd wedding anniversary.

COWSLIP: Grace, beauty.

CRANBERRY: Heartache cure.

CRANE'S-BILL/WILD GERANIUM: Constancy and Availability

CROCUS: Youthful Gladness, Attachment, Cheerfulness, gladness, abuse not.

CROWN IMPERIAL: Majesty and Power

CYCLAMEN: Resignation, good-bye.

CYPRESS: Mourning, death.

DAFFODIL: Regard, rebirth, new beginnings, unrequited love, you're the only one, chivalry, eternal life. Associated with the tenth wedding anniversary. Also the birthflower for March.

DAFFODIL, SINGLE: Misfortune.

DAFFODIL, SEVERAL: Joy, happiness.

DAHLIA: Instability, dignity, forever, good taste. Associated with the fourteenth wedding anniversary.

DAISY: Innocence, loyal love, I'll never tell, purity, love that conquers all. Associated with the fifth wedding anniversary.

DANDELION: Faithfulness, happiness, love's oracle.

DAY LILY: Coquetry, Chinese emblem for mother. Associated with the twentieth wedding anniversary.

DELPHINIUM: Big-hearted, fun.

DOGWOOD: Durability.

ELDER: Zealousness.

ELDERBERRY: Zeal, kindness.

EDELWEISS: Daring & Noble Courage

EGLANTINE: Spring & Poetry

ELM: Dignity.

EREMURUS: Endurance.

EUPHORBIA: Persistence.

EVERLASTING: Constancy

FENNEL: Strength, praise.

FERN: Sincerity, magic, fascination, confidence, shelter.

FEVERFEW: Good health.

FILBERT: Reconciliation.

FIR: Time.

FLAX: Domestic symbol, fate, kindness.

FLEUR-DE-LIS: Flame.

FLYTRAP: Deceit.

FORGET-ME-NOT: True love, hope, remembrance, memories.

FORSYTHIA: Anticipation.

FOXGLOVE: Insincerity.

FREESIA: Innocence, thoughtfulness.

FUSCHIA: Taste. Associated with the third wedding anniversary.

GARDENIA: You're lovely, secret love, joy, sweet love, good luck.

GARLIC CHIVES: Protection, courage, strength.

GERANIUM: Stupidity, folly, comfort, gentility. Associated with the fourth wedding anniversary.

Geranium, Oak-leaf: Friendship

GERANIUM, ROSE: Preference

GILLYFLOWER, PINK: Bonds Of Affection

GINGER: Strength, safe, pleasant, warming, comforting.

GLADIOLUS: Strength of character, remembrance, infatuation, splendid beauty, give me a break, I'm really sincere, flower of the Gladiators, admiration, tells recipients that they pierce the heart like a sword. Because the gladiolus has blade-shaped leaves, the name comes from the Latin word gladius which means sword. Also the birthflower for August.

GLOXINA: Love at first sight.

GOLDENROD: Treasure And Good Fortune, Encouragement.

HAZEL: Reconciliation.

Heather, Pink: "Good Luck"

HEATHER, LAVENDER: Admiration, solitude, beauty.

HEATHER, WHITE: Protection, wishes will come true.

HEN-AND-CHICKENS: Welcome home husband however drunk you are.

HELIOTROPE: Devotion, Eternal Love

HIBISCUS: Delicate beauty.

HOLLY: Foresight, defense, domestic happiness, enchantment.

HOLLY BERRIES: Christmas joy.

HOLLYHOCK: Ambition, fruitfulness. Associated with the thirteenth wedding anniversary.

HONEYSUCKLE: Bonds of love, generous, devoted affection.

HOPS: Mirth.

HOSTA: Devotion.

HUCKLEBERRY: Simple pleasure.

HYACINTH: Sport, play, games, rashness, flower dedicated to Apollo.

HYACINTH, BLUE: Constancy.

HYACINTH, PURPLE: I am sorry, sorrow, please forgive me.

HYACINTH, RED OR PINK: Play.

HYACINTH, WHITE: Loveliness, I'll pray for you.

HYACINTH, YELLOW: Jealousy.

HYDRANGEA: Thank you for understanding, frigidity, heartlessness, heartless.

IRIS: Wisdom, Fleur-de-lis, emblem of France, valued friendship, faith, hope, valor, my compliments, passion. Associated with the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

IRIS, BLUE: Faith, hope.

IRIS, PURPLE: Wisdom, compliments.

IRIS, YELLOW: Passion.

IRIS, WHITE: Purity.

IVY: Fidelity, wedded love, friendship, affection, marriage.

IXIA: Happiness.

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT: Associated with the seventh wedding anniversary.

JACOB'S LADDER: Come down.

JASMINE, WHITE or INDIAN: Amiability , I attach myself to you, sensuality, attachment.

JASMINE, RED: Folly and Glee

JASMINE, SPANISH: Sensuality.

JASMINE, YELLOW: Grace, elegance.

JONQUIL: Sympathy , love me, affection returned, desire.

JUNIPER: Protection.

LADY'S SLIPPER: Capricious beauty, win me.

LAMB'S-EARS: Support.

LANTANA: Rigour.

LARKSPUR: Fickleness, ardent attachment, levity, lightness. Also the birthflower for July.

LARKSPUR, PINK: Fickleness.

LARKSPUR, PURPLE: First love.

LAUREL: Glory, success.

LAVENDER: Devotion, happiness, success, luck, distrust.

LEATHERLEAF FERN: Fascination.

LEMON BLOSSOMS: Faithful love.

LILAC: Youthful, humility, confidence.

LILAC, MAUVE: "Do You Still Love Me"

LILAC, PINK: Youth and Acceptance

LILAC, WHITE: "My First Dream Of Love"

LILY, CALLA: Majestic Beauty

LILY: Majesty, wealth, pride, innocence, purity.

LILY, WHITE: Purity, modesty, virginity, majesty, it's heavenly to be with you. The white lily is linked to Juno, the queen of the gods in Roman mythology, by the story that while nursing her son Hercules, some excess milk fell from the sky creating the group of stars we call the Milky Way, and lilies were created from what milk fell to the earth. The Easter lily is also known as the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

LILY, ORANGE: flame, I burn for you.

LILY, YELLOW: I'm walking on air, false, gay.

LILY OF THE VALLEY: Return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you've made my life complete, humility, happiness, love's good fortune. The legend of the lily of the valley is that it sprang from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits. Also known as the flower of May.

LIVE OAK: Liberty.

LOTUS: Mystery and Truth

LOTUS BLOSSOM: Estranged love.

LOVE-IN-THE-MIST/NIGELL: Delicacy and Perplexity

MAGNOLIA: Dignity, love of nature, nobility.

MAPLE: Reserve.

MARIGOLD: Affection, cruelty, grief, jealousy.

MARIGOLD, POT: Grief, despair.

MARJORAM: Blushes.

MARVEL-OF-PERU: Flame of Love

MIMOSA: Sensitivity.

MINT: Virtue, warmth, protection.

MISTLETOE: Kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties, sacred plant of India.

MONKSHOOD: Beware, a deadly foe is near, danger.

MORNING GLORY: Loves you, affection. Associated with the eleventh wedding anniversary.

MOSS: Maternal love, charity.

MULBERRY TREE: Wisdom.

MUSHROOM: Suspicion.

MYRRH: Gladness.

MYRTLE: Love, Hebrew emblem of marriage.

NARCISSUS: Egotism, conceit, self love, self admiration, formality, stay as sweet as you are. Also known as the birthflower for December.

NASTURTIUM: Conquest, victory in battle, patriotism. Associated with the fortieth wedding anniversary.

NIGHTSHADE: Truth.

OAK LEAVES: Bravery.

OAK TREE: Hospitality.

OLEANDER: Caution.

OLIVE BRANCH: Peace.

ORANGE BLOSSOMS/FLOWERS: Purity, innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness, fertility, pure loveliness, chastity.

ORANGE, MOCK: Deceit.

ORANGE TREE: Generosity.

ORCHID: Rare beauty, love, refinement, beautiful lady, Chinese symbol for many children, mature charm, beauty, long life. Associated with twenty-eighth wedding anniversary.

ORCHID (CATTLEYA) - Mature Charm

PALM LEAVES: Victory, success.

PANSY: Receipient is being thought about, loyalty. The flower's name comes from the French word pense which means thought or remembrance. Because pansies often have three colors in one blossom, they have been symbolic of the Trinity. Associated with the first wedding anniversary. Engaged couples placed garlands of pansies around their portraits.

PAPERWHITE: Aphrodisiac due to its intoxicating scent. It is also the national flower of Wales because it often blooms on March 1st which is St. David's feast day, Wales' patron saint.

PARSLEY: Festivity, thanks, gratitude.

PASSIONFLOWER: Faith and Piety

PEACH BLOSSOMS: Captive, unequalled qualities, longevity.

PEAR BLOSSOMS: Affection.

PEAR TREE: Comfort.

PEONY: Bashfulness, shame, happy life, happy marriage, good health, prosperity. Associated with the twelfth wedding anniversary.

PEPPERMINT: Cordiality, warmth.

PERIWINKLE: Friendship.

PERIWINKLE, BLUE: Early Friendship

PERIWINKLE, WHITE: Pleasures of Memory

PETUNIA: Resentment, anger, don't despair, your presence soothes me.

PHLOX: Unanimity, united hearts, united souls.

PINE: Pity, warm friendship, vigorous life, spiritual energy.

PINE CONE: Conviviality, life.

PINEAPPLE: Perfection.

PINKS: Boldness.

PLUM BLOSSOM: Beauty and Longevity

PLUM TREE: Fidelity, longevity.

POINSETTIA: "Be of Good Cheer"

POMEGRANATE: Foolishness, elegance.

POPLAR: Courage, time.

POPPY: Eternal sleep, oblivion, imagination. Associated with ninth wedding anniversary.

POPPY, RED: Pleasure, consolation.

POPPY, WHITE: Consolation, sleep, rest.

POPPY, YELLOW: Wealth, success.

PRIMROSE: Happiness, satisfaction, I can't live without you.

PRIMROSE, EVENING: Happy love.

PUSSY WILLOW: Illness recovery.

QUEEN ANNE'S LACE: Haven.

QUINCE: Temptation.

RANUNCULUS: You are radiant with charm, radiant charm, attractive.

RHODODENDRON: Danger, caution.

RHUBARB: Advice.

ROSE: Love, passion, perfection. The rose was named for the Latin word rosa which means red. It has been a symbol of love since ancient times. Associated with the fifthteenth wedding anniversary. It is also known as the birthflower of June.

ROSE, BRIDAL: Happy Love

ROSE, CAROLINA: Love Is Dangerous

ROSE, CHRISTMAS: Peace and Tranquility

ROSE, MUSK: Capricious Beauty

ROSE, PALE: Friendship

ROSE, BURGUNDY: Beauty within.

ROSE, CORAL: Desire.

ROSE, DARK CRIMSON: Mourning.

ROSE, HIBISCUS: Delicate beauty.

ROSE, LAVENDER: Love at first sight, enchantment.

ROSE, LEAF: You may hope.

ROSE, MOSS: Confessions of love.

ROSE, ORANGE: Fascination, display feeling of enthusiasm.

ROSE, PEACH: Desire, gratitude, apprecation, admiration, sympathy, modesty.

ROSE, PINK: Happiness, appreciation, admiration, friendship, sympathy.

Rose, Pink & White: I love you still and always will

ROSE, DARK PINK: Thankfulness.

ROSE, LIGHT PINK: Grace, gladness, joy, perfect happiness, please believe me, gratitude, admiration, gentility.

ROSE, RED: Love, passion, respect, courage, I love you, beauty, pure and lovely, prosperity.

ROSE, DEEP RED: Un-selfconscious beauty.

ROSE, SINGLE, FULL BLOOM: I love you, I still love you, new love.

ROSE, BUD, SMALL: Pure and lovely, beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love, confession of love.

ROSE, THORNLESS: Love at first sight.

ROSE, WHITE: Innocence, purity, secrecy, I am worthy of you, silence, friendship, truth, virtue, girlhood, humility spiritual love, but of the soul, reverence, charm, happy love.

ROSE, WHITE, DRIED: Death is preferable to loss of virtue.

ROSE, YELLOW: Joy, friendship, true love, decrease of love, jealousy, try to care, freedom, slighted love, shows "I care", gladness.

ROSES, BOUQUET, MATURE: Gratitude.

ROSES, RED & WHITE TOGETHER: Unity, flower emblem of England.

ROSES, YELLOW & RED TOGETHER: Happiness, congratulations.

ROSES, YELLOW & ORANGE TOGETHER: Passionate thoughts.

ROSEMARY: Remembrance, devotion, purity, rebirth.

SAGE: Virtue.

SALAL: Zest.

SALVIA, BLUE: "I Think of You"

SCABIOUS: Unfortunate love, widowhood.

SHAMROCK: Light heartedness.

SMILAX: Loveliness.

SNAPDRAGON: Deception, dazzling, gracious lady, presumption.

SNOWBALL: Bound.

SNOWDROP: Hope.

SORREL: Wit, affection.

SPEARMINT: Warm sentiment.

SPIDER FLOWER: Elope with me.

STAR OF BETHLEHEM: Purity.

STATICE: Sympathy, remembrance, success.

STEPHANOTIS: Happiness in marriage, desire to travel.

STOCK: Lasting beauty, bonds of affection, promptness, you'll always be beautiful to me, happy life.

STRAW, BROKEN: Broken contract.

STRAW, WHOLE: Union.

STRAWBERRY: Esteem, love.

SUNFLOWER: Follows the sun as it grows, adoration, haughtiness, devotion.

SWEET BASIL: Good wishes.

SWEET PEA: Lasting pleasure, good-bye, departure, blissful pleasure, thank youfor a lovely time, I think of you. Also known as the birthflower of April.

SWEET WILLIAM: Gallantry, smile, finesse.

SYCAMORE: Curiosity.

THISTLE: Retaliation, austerity.

THRIFT: Sympathy

THYME: Courage and Activity.

TIGER LILY: Wealth and Pride

TREE OF LIFE: Old age.

TRUFFLE: Surprise.

TRUMPET FLOWER: Fame.

TUBEROSE: Dangerous pleasure.

TULIP: Perfect lover, frame, flower emblem of Holland.

TULIP, RED: Believe me, declaration of love, fame.

TULIP, VARIEGATED: Beautiful eyes.

TULIP, YELLOW: Hopeless love, there's sunshine in your smile.

TURNIP: Charity.

VALERIAN: Accommodating disposition.

VERONICA: Fidelity.

VINE: Intoxication.

VIOLET: Modesty, faithfulness, innocence, understated beauty, you're in my thoughts. Worn by the ancient Greeks to induce sleep and to calm tempers. Associated with the fifieth wedding anniversary. Also known as the birthflower of February.

VIOLET, BLUE: Watchfulness, faithfulness, I'll always be true.

VIOLET, PURPLE: Thoughts of you, blue love.

VIOLET, WHITE: Let's take a chance, youthful innocence.

VIOLET, YELLOW: Love of country.

VISCARIA: Will you dance with me?

Wallflower: Friendship and Adversity

WALNUT: Intellect.

WATER LILY: Purity of heart.

WISTERIA: Youth and Poetry

WHEAT: Friendliness, riches.

WILLOW, WEEPING: Mourning.

WISTERIA: Welcome, Steadfast.

WITCH HAZEL: A spell.

WOODBINE: Fraternal love.

WORMWOOD: Absence.

XERANTHEMUM: Eternity and Immortality, Cheerfulness under adverse conditions.

YARROW: Healing, sorrow.

YEW: Sorrow.

ZEPHYR: Expectation.

ZINNIA: Thoughts of absent friends, in memory of an absent friend.

ZINNIA (MAGENTA): Lasting Affection

ZINNIA, SCARLET: Constancy.

ZINNIA, WHITE: Goodness.

ZINNIA, YELLOW: Daily remembrance.


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