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The meanings of Flowers


Throughout the ages flowers have always had a 'message'. Ancient myths and fables all assigned meaning to flowers.

In the early 1700's Charles II of Sweden introduced a new language to Europe when he brought the Persian poetical art called "the language of flowers" to the west. Floral lexicons were published throughout the 18th century, allowing secrets to be exchanged with a lily or lilac, and an entire conversation to take place in a bouquet. It seems the more popular the flower, the more superstitions and meanings have been associated with it.

For the shy or uncertain, handing over a bouquet is often the easiest way to express their sentiments.

Birthday Flowers
January Carnation
February Violet
March Jonquil
April Sweet Pea
May Lily
June Rose
July Larkspur
August Gladiolus
September Aster
October Calendula
November Chrysanthemum
December Narcissu


Flower Meanings A-Z

Flower Meaning
Agapanthus Love
Alium Strength
Anemone Expectation
Anthurium Lover
Asparagus Fern Fascination
Aster Elegance
Azalea Temperance
Baby's Breath Innocence
Balsam Ardent Love
Bird of Paradise Magnificence
Broom Humility
Buttercup Childishness
Calla Lily Magnificent Beauty
Carnation, Red Admiration, Fascination
Carnation, White Ardent Love, Good Luck
Carnation, Pink Mother's/Woman's Love
Carnation, Variegated Refusal
Chrysanthemum, White Truth, Loyal Love
Chrysanthemum, Yellow Slighted Love
Cornflower Delicacy
Crocus Abuse Not
Daffodil Chivalry, Regard
Dahlia Instability
Daisy Loyal Love
Dandelion Love's Oracle
Delphinium Big-Hearted, Fun
Ebony Blackness
Eremurus Endurance
Euphorbia Persistence
Flytrap Deceit
Forget-Me-Not Hope, True Love, Remembrance
Four-Leaved Clover Be Mine
Fressia Thoughtfulness
Gardenia Sweet Love, Good Luck
Geranium Comfort, Gentility
Ginger Strength
Gladiolus Admiration
Heather Beauty
Hibiscus Delicate Beauty
Holly Foresight, Enchantment
Huckleberry Simple Pleasure
Hyacinth Play
Hydrangea Heartless
Iris, Blue Faith & Hope
Iris, Purple Wisdom, Compliments
Iris, Yellow Passion
Iris, White Purity
Ivy Marriage
Ixia Happiness
Jasmine Sensuality, Attachment
Jonquil Affection Returned
Lady Slipper Capricious Beauty
Larkspur Levity, Lightness
Larkspur, Pink Fickleness
Larkspur, Purple First Love
Leatherleaf Fern Fascination
Lilac Confidence
Lily Of The Valley Return of Happiness
Lotus Blossom Estranged Love
Magnolia Love of Nature
Marigold Jealousy
Mimosa Sensitivity
Mint Virtue
Monkshood Danger
Moss Maternal Love
Myrtle Love
Narcissus Self Admiration
Oak Leaves Bravery
Olive Branch Peace
Orange Blossom Marriage & Fruitfulness
Orchid Love & Beauty, Long Life
Peony Good Health & Prosperity
Peppermint Cordiality
Periwinkle Friendship
Phlox Unanimity
Poppy, Red Consolation
Poppy, White Sleep, Rest
Ranunculus Radiant Charm
Roses, Red Love, Respect, Courage, Beauty, Prosperity
Roses, White Humility, Innocence, Purity
Roses, Pink Grace, Gratitude, Admiration
Roses, Yellow Joy, Freedom, Slighted Love
Roses, Coral Desire
Roses, Red & White Together Unity
Roses, Red & Yellow Together Happiness
Rose, Single Red New Love
Rosemary Purity, Remembrance, Rebirth
Rhododendron Danger, Caution
Sage Virtue
Salal Zest
Scabious Unfortunate Love
Snapdragon Presumption
Spearmint Warm Sentiment
Star of Bethlehem Purity
Statice Success
Stephanotis Happiness in Marriage
Stock Lasting Beauty
Sweet Pea Blissful Pleasure, Departure
Sweet William Smile, Finesse
Sunflower Haughtiness, Adoration
Thyme Activity
Tulip, Red Declaration of Love, Fame
Tulip, Yellow Hopeless Love
Tulip, Variegated Beautiful Eyes
Tuberose Dangerous Pleasures
Violet Faithfulness, Modesty
Violet, Purple Thoughts of You, Blue Love
Violet, White Youthful Innocence
Violet, Yellow Love of Country
Yarrow Sorrow
Zinnia Thoughts of Absent Friends

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