The Language of Flowers: What They Mean (L-Z)

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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Flower Meanings (A) - Flower Meanings (B) - Flower Meanings (C) - Flower Meanings (D-J) - Flower Meanings (K-Z)

2 Responses

  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.

  2. This was very useful! I like getting the salvia blue for people that are ill so that meaning is perfect,

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