All flowers have a meaning. The Victorians used to use flowers as a symbol to express their feelings. Here is a list of different flowers and their meanings.

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Larkspur (Pink) — Fickleness

Lavender — Devotion

Lemon Balm — Brings love

Lemon — Zest

Lemon Verbena — Attracts opposite sex.

Lily (general) – Keeps unwanted visitors away

  • Lily (calia) – Beauty

  • Lily (day) – Coquetry

  • Lily (eucharis) – Maiden charms

  • Lily (orange) – Hatred

  • Lily (tiger) – Wealth; pride

  • Lily (white) – Virginity; purity; majesty; it’s heavenly to be with you

  • Lily (yellow) – I’m walking on air; false and gay

Lily of the valley – sweetness; return to happiness; humility

Magnolia – Sweetness; Beauty; Love of nature

Marigold — Comforts the heart.

Marjoram (sweet) – Joy and happiness

Mint — Protection from illness; Warmth of feeling

Mistletoe – Kiss me; Affection; To surmount difficulties; Sacred plant of India

Monkshood – Beware, a deadly foe is near; Chivalry

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Moss – Meaning: Maternal love; Charity

Myrtle – Love; Hebrew emblem of marriage

Narcissus – Egotism; formality; Stay as sweet as you are

Nasturtium – Conquest; victory in battle; Maternal love; Charity; Patriotism

Oleander – Caution; Beware

Orange — Meaning: Generosity

Orange Blossom – Brings wisdom

Orange Mock – Meaning: Deceit

Orchid – Meaning: Love; Beauty; Refinement; Beautiful lady; Chinese symbol for many children

Orchid (cattleya) – Mature charm

Palm leaves – Meaning: Victory and success

Pansy – Thoughts; Love

Peach – Meaning: Longevity

Peony – Meaning: Aphrodisiac

Petunia – Resentment; Anger; Your presence soothes me

Pine – Meaning: Hope; Pity

Poppy (general) – Meaning: Eternal sleep ; Oblivion; Imagination

  • Poppy (red) Meaning: -Pleasure; Consolation

  • Poppy (white) – Meaning: Consolation; Sleep

  • Poppy( yellow) Meaning: Wealth; success

Prickly Pear – Meaning: Satire

Primrose – I can’t live without you; Early youth

Primrose (evening) – Inconstancy

Rose (general)(Red) – Love ; I love you

  • Rose (white) – Eternal Love ; innocence; heavenly; secrecy and silence

  • Rose (pink) – Perfect happiness; please believe me

  • Rose (yellow) – Friendship ; jealousy; try to care

  • Rose (black) -Death Rose(red and white) – Together; unity

  • Rose (thornless) – Love at first sight

  • Rose (single, full bloom) – I love you; I still love you

  • Rose (bud) – Beauty and youth ; a heart innocent of love

  • Rose (bud) (red) – Pure and lovely

  • Rose (bud) (white) – Girlhood

  • Rose (bud) (moss) – Confessions of love

  • Roses (bouquet of full bloom) – Gratitude

  • Roses (garland or crown of) – Beware of virtue; reward of merit; crown ; symbol of superior merit

  • Roses (musk cluster) – Charming

  • Rose (tea) – I’ll always remember

  • Rose (cabbage) – Ambassador of love

  • Rose (Christmas) – Tranquilize my anxiety; anxiety

  • Rose (damask) – Brilliant complexion

  • Rose (dark crimson) – Mourning

  • Rose (hibiscus) – Delicate beauty

  • Rose (leaf) – You may hope

Rosemary – Meaning: Remembrance

Sage – Meaning: Wisdom; Long life

Salvia (blue) – Meaning: I think of you

Smilax – Meaning: Loveliness

Snapdragon – Deception; Gracious lady; Presumption

Spiderflower – Elope with me

Stephanotis – Happiness in marriage; Desire to travel

Stock – Meaning: Lasting beauty

Strawberry – Meaning: Perfect goodness

Sunflower – Meaning: Loyalty; Wishes

Sweetpea – Meaning: Goodbye; Departure; Blissful pleasure; Thank you for a lovely time

Thyme – Meaning: Strength and courage; Ensures restful sleep

Tulip(general) – Fame,charity; perfect lover
Tulip(red) – Believe me; declaration of love
Tulip(variegated) – Beautiful eyes
Tulip(yellow) – Hopeless love

Violet – Meaning: Modesty; Calms tempers; Induces sleep

Violet (blue) – Meaning: Watchfulness; Faithfulness; I’ll always be true

Violet (white) – Meaning: Let’s take a chance on happiness

Viscaria – Will you dance with me?

Woodruff – Meaning: Sweet humility

Yarrow – Meaning: Health; Healing

Zinnia – Meaning: Thoughts of friends Zinnia (magenta) – Meaning: Lasting affection

Zinnia (mixed) – Meaning: Thinking of an absent friend

Zinnia (scarlet) – Meaning: Constancy Zinnia (white) – Meaning: Goodness

Zinnia (yellow) – Meaning: Daily remembrance


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2 COMMENTS

  1. I had heard of the language of flowers before but didn’t know that it was so extensive. However, it is giving me a great anniversary idea for next year. It will add a whole new dynamic to how I pick and give my wife flowers I will definitely have to get primrose as long as it doesn’t also mean inconsistency as that kind of ruins the “I can’t live without you” meaning.

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