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Flower meanings

Flowers are meant for all occasions – birthday, anniversary, new born baby, romance, sympathy, get well, Easter, funeral, sympathy and just to say thank you. When words are unable to adequately convey your emotions flowers can portray the message and express feelings on your behalf.

Whilst it is generally believed the practice of assigning meanings to flowers began in Turkey during the seventeenth century it was the Victorians who popularised giving meanings to different flowers. During this period many books were published giving the meanings of flowers and these were carefully studied to select appropriate bouquets for all occasions.

Today when giving the gift of flowers, people tend to personalise the experience by offering the types and/or colours that carry a significant meaning to the person or occasion.

Flower Meanings

Please be aware that the following list is for information only - some of the flower varieties listed are not always commercially available

Flower
Meaning
  • Agapanthus
Love Letters
  • Alstromeria
Wealth, prosperity, fortune
  • Amaryllis
Pride
  • Anemone
Forsaken
  • Aster
Variety
  • Astilbe
I'll still be waiting
  • Azalea
Love, romance, first love
  • Bells Of Ireland
Good Luck
  • Bouvardia
Enthusiasm
  • Calla Lily
Magnificent Beauty
  • Camellia
Gratitude
  • Carnations General
Fascination
  • Carnations Pink
Woman's Love / I'll never forget you
  • Carnations Purple
Capriciousness
  • Carnations Red
"Alas for my poor heart"
  • Carnations White
Innocence
  • Carnation Yellow
Disdain / Rejection
  • Chrysanthemums General
Cheerfulness
  • Chrysanthemums Red
I love
  • Chrysanthemums White
Truth
  • Chrysanthemums Yellow
Slighted Love
  • Cosmos
Modesty
  • Daffodil
Regard
  • Fern
Sincerity
  • Foxglove
Insincerity
  • Freesia
Innocence
  • Fuschia
Taste
  • Gardenia
Your Lovely
  • Gladioli
Strength of Character
  • Holly
Foresight
  • Honeysuckle
Bonds of love
  • Hyacinth
Sport, play
  • Hydrangea
Thank you for understanding
  • Iris
Wisdom
  • Ivy
Fidelity
  • Jasmine white
Amiability
  • Jonquil (Daffodil)
Sympathy
  • Larkspur
Fickleness
  • Lavender
Devotion
  • Lilac
Youthful / Humility
  • Lily
Majesty
  • Lily white
Purity and modesty
  • Lily Yellow
I'm walking on air
  • Lily of the Valley
Return of happiness
  • Magnolia
Dignity / love of nature
  • Narcissus
Egotism
  • Orange Blossom
Purity
  • Orchid
Rare Beauty / love
  • Peony
Bashfulness
  • Pot marigold
Grief, despair
  • Poppy
Eternal sleep
  • Queen Anne's Lace
Haven
  • Ranunculus
You are radiant with charm
  • Rose
Love
  • Rose, red
Love, passion, respect, courage
  • Rose, white
Innocence, purity, secrecy
  • Rose, yellow
Joy, friendship
  • Rose, light pink
Grace, gladness, joy
  • Rose, dark pink
Thankfulness
  • Rose, red and white combined
Unity
  • Rose, orange
Fascination
  • Rose Peach
Desire
  • Rosebud
Pure and lovely
  • Rosemary
Remembrance
  • Statice
Sympathy, remembrance
  • Stephanotis
Happiness in Marriage
  • Stock
Lasting beauty
  • Sunflower
Adoration
  • Sweet Pea
Lasting pleasure
  • Sweet William
Gallantry
  • Tuberose
Dangerous pleasure
  • Tulip general
Perfect lover
  • Tulip red
Believe me
  • Tulip Variegated
Beautiful eyes
  • Tulip Yellow
Hopeless love
  • Violet
Modesty
  • Water Lily
Purity of heart
  • Weeping Willow
Mourning
  • Wheat
Friendliness
  • Yarrow
Healing
  • Zinnia
Thoughts of absent friends

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