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


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
  • Rosebud (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

Author: – Ingredient for a Simple Life

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  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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