The Language of Flowers

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Flowers and floral arrangements have a meaning of their own. It is known by majority of people that a dozen red roses mean, “Be mine.” But do you know, that that a purple hyacinth means, “Please forgive me,”  or a primrose means, “I can’t live without you,” or that a gladiolus means, “Give me a break?” or that a pink carnation means, “I’ll never forget you,”.

Flower meanings are used to convey the accurate feelings with the same depth and emotion as felt. With the variation in numbers of flowers, colors and types of flowers different messages are delivered through forming a floral arrangement and so the giver never needs to say it out him or her self.  Here is a short list of few flowers and their meanings to choose from when you want to express a particular feeling of yours.

Almond flowers – Hope
Anemone — Forsaken
Aster — Symbol of love
Balm — Sympathy
Basil — Best wishes
Bay leaf — “I change but in death”
Bell flower, white — Gratitude
Campanula — Gratitude
Carnation, pink — I’ll never forget you
Carnation, red — My poor heart aches for you
Carnation, striped — Refusal
China rose — Beauty always new
Chrysanthemum — Love
Clover, four leaved — “Be mine”
Coreopsis — Love at first sight
Cuckoo pint — Ardor
Daffodil — Regard
Daisy — Innocence, new-born, “I share your sentiment”
Fennel — Flattery
Fern — Sincerity
Forget-Me-Not — True love
French Marigold — Jealousy
Gardenia — Ecstasy
Gentian — Loveliness
Hare bell — Grief
Heartsease — “I am always thinking of you”
Honeysuckle — Bonds of love
Heather — Admiration
Hyacinth — I am sorry, Please forgive me
Ice Plant — “Your appearance freezes me”
Lemon Balm — Sympathy
Lilac — First love
Orchid — Love, beauty, refinement
Pansy — Loving thoughts
Poppy, red — Consolation
Primrose — I can’t live without you
Rose, cabbage — Ambassador of love
Rose, red — Love
Rose, pink — Grace, beauty
Rose, yellow — Friendship
Snowdrop — Hope
Star of Bethlehem — Purity
Tuberose — Voluptuousness
Tulip, red — My perfect lover, Reclamation of love
Violet — Loyalty, modesty, humility
Violet, blue — Faithfulness
Wormwood — Grief
Yew – Sorrow

Check this list out and you will find the flowers to send to your loved ones whether it’s a moment to cherish or a moment of grief or sorrow.

Flowers Language

images Flowers LanguageThrough generations, flowers, their colors, numbers as well as groups, have been used to convey a particular message. In addition, the way flowers were worn or presented also had special meanings. Unfortunately, most of this silent yet complete language has been lost primarily because of lack of use.

The language of flowers, or floriography, was a way of communication during the Victorian era. At that time the individuals used to express their feelings through coded messages with the help of variety of flowers and floral arrangements.

It is thought that the Turks seemed to develop flower meanings way back in the 17th century. Lady Mary Wortley, the wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople, had multiple visits to Turkey. In 1718, she wrote a detailed letter on the “Secret Language of Flowers” that she had discovered. Europe quickly picked up the idea.

The first ever flower language dictionary was introduced with the name Le Language des Fleurs, in 1819. This small book, written by Louise Cortambert (Pen Name: Madame Charlotte de la Tour), became a popular reference on the subject.

During the Victorian era (reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901), the flowers language flourished a lot. The language became very popular among the Victorian women as it allowed them to communicate feelings and meanings which they were not allowed for as per strict propriety of times. Tussie-mussies, a bunch of flowers wrapped with a lace and tied with a satin ribbon became a valued and admired at that time.

In 1884, a whole book on the subject was published in London with the title “The Language of Flowers”. The book got high popularity and respect. Since then, this book by Jean Marsh, illustrated by Kate Greenway, has been the standard source for Victorian flower meaning.

Some Famous Flower Meanings:

Flower Meaning
Almond Flowers Hopealmond 150x150 Flowers Language
Anemone ForsakenAnemone flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Aster Symbol of loveAster 150x150 Flowers Language
Basil Best wishesBasil 150x150 Flowers Language
Bay leaf “I change but in death”Bay leaf 150x150 Flowers Language
Bell flower, white Gratitudebellflower white 150x150 Flowers Language
Bluebell ConstancyBluebell flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Campanula GratitudeCampanula 150x150 Flowers Language
Carnation, pink I’ll never forget youCarnation pink 150x150 Flowers Language
Carnation, red My poor heart aches for youCarnation red 150x150 Flowers Language
Carnation, striped RefusalCarnation striped 150x150 Flowers Language
China rose Beauty always newChina rose 150x150 Flowers Language
Chrysanthemum LoveChrysanthemum 1 150x150 Flowers Language
Coreopsis Love at first sightCoreopsis 150x150 Flowers Language
Daffodil Regarddaffodil flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Daisy Innocence, new-born, “I share your sentiment”Daisy flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Fern SincerityFern 150x150 Flowers Language
French Marigold JealousyFrench Marigold 150x150 Flowers Language
Gardenia EcstasyGardenia flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Honeysuckle Bonds of loveHoneysuckle 150x150 Flowers Language
Ivy Fidelity, friendship, marriageIvy 150x150 Flowers Language
Jasmine GraceJasmine flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Lavender Luck, devotionLavender flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Lily Purity, modestyLily floral 150x150 Flowers Language
Lily of the Valley Purity, the return of happinessForest lily of the valley 150x150 Flowers Language
Lily, Calla BeautyLily Calla 150x150 Flowers Language
Marigold Health, grief or despairmarigold 150x150 Flowers Language
Orchid Love, beauty, refinementorchid flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Primrose I can’t live without youEvening Primrose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, red Love, passionrose red 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, pink Grace, beautyrose pink 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, yellow Friendshiprose yellow 150x150 Flowers Language
Rosemary Remembrance, constancyRosemary 150x150 Flowers Language
Tuberose VoluptuousnessTuberose 150x150 Flowers Language
Tulip, red My perfect lover, reclamation of lovetulip red white 150x150 Flowers Language
Violet Loyalty, modesty, humilityViolet flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Violet, blue Faithfulnessblue violet 150x150 Flowers Language
Wheat Riches of the continuation of lifewheat Flowers Language
Willow, weeping Mourningweeping willow 150x150 Flowers Language
Yew Sorrowyew 150x150 Flowers Language

Rose and the Flower Language:

Rose is the flower that is most commonly used to convey some special messages. Some details of meaning of the Rose are listed below.

Rose Meaning
Rose, Black You’re my obsessionBlackRose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Champagne You’re tender and lovingRose Champagne 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Orange You’re my secret loveorange rose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Pink Brilliant complexion, the glow of your smile, perfect happinesspink rose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose Red Passionate love, I love youRoseRed 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, White Spiritual love, Innocence and puritywhite rose1 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, White and Red We are inseparableRose White and Red 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Yellow Friendship, jealousy, I am not worthyrose yellow1 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Bridal Happy loveRose Bridal 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Single stem SimplicityRose Single stem 150x150 Flowers Language

What Flowers Mean?

Flowers Meaning 234x300 What Flowers Mean?Flowers have a universal language that let the messages be delivered from one person to another without any language barriers. Every flower in itself holds a very different meaning and delivers a different message from your side. There’s nothing that can remain unsaid when flowers are your language and messenger. Is it your love for some one that you want to express or a sorry that you want to reach some one everything can be done simply by sending flowers. All you need to do in this regard is that you should know what each flower and color of flower mean for delivering the very right message from your side.

For choosing the right flowers for the situation you are currently going through we have the solution here. Check out the list and find out which flower would deliver your feelings exactly. Very firstly, listed down here are all those flowers that some how deliver the message of love or are related to it.

Aster simply and clearly means “Love”. Baby’s Breath is another flower that tells your love that you carry an every lasting love for them. White Carnation means “pure love”. Red Chrysanthemum says “I Love You”. Gardenia tells that you are a secret “lover”. Gladiolus tells your love that you fell in love with them at first sight. And above all the best one commonly known way to express your love for someone is giving red rose. While White rose means that you hold Eternal love for the receiver in your heart. Red Tulip is a declaration of Love from you while yellow tulips are for hopeless love.

Next important relation in one’s life is friendship and there are many flowers for sending different messages to your friends too. Alstroemeria tells your friends or a love that you are “devoted” to them. Yellow rose in itself is a sign of “friendship” and used most commonly on Valentines Day to send to friends. While the Zinnia is the flower that says there are “thoughts of absent friends”. Send this flower to your friends who are far and out of contact for long and make them realize that they still make an important part of your life.

There are numerous flowers in white color that depict purity and innocence. White Carnations, White lily and white rose all send the same message of purity and innocence. Some other flowers to represent distinct feelings are:

Cactus – Endurance
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•    Pink – I’ll never forget you
•    Purple – Whimsical, changeable

carnation 150x150 What Flowers Mean?

•    Red – My heart aches for you, Admiration
•    Yellow – Rejection, Disdain
•    Solid Color – Yes
•    Striped – No


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•    White – Truth
•    Yellow – Slighted love

Daffodil – Respect, Unrequited love

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– Delicate beauty

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•    Blue – Constancy
•    Purple – I’m sorry, Please forgive me

•    Red or Pink – Play Hyacinth general 150x150 What Flowers Mean?
•    White – Loveliness, I’ll pray for you
•    Yellow – Jealousy

Iris – Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valor

Iris Flower 150x150 What Flowers Mean?

Lavender – Devotion


lily 150x150 What Flowers Mean?

•    Calla – Beauty
•    Day – Coquetry
•    Eucharis – Maidenly charms
•    Orange – Hatred
•    Tiger – Wealth, PrideLavender 150x150 What Flowers Mean?

Lily of the Valley – Return to happiness

Poinsettia – Be of good cheerpoinsettia 150x150 What Flowers Mean?

Statice – Lasting beautylily of the valley1 150x150 What Flowers Mean?
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Sunflower – Loyalty
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Violet 150x150 What Flowers Mean?
•    Blue – Faithfulness
•    White – Let’s take a change on happiness

There’s nothing and there’s no feeling that you name and it can not be expressed through flowers. So stop fighting with the right words, choose right flowers for best result.