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The Meanings of Flowers

The Meanings of Flowers

We all know that roses are the floral symbol of love. But did you know a yellow rose communicates jealousy and infidelity? Or that the pink carnation is the perfect flower for Mother’s Day because it celebrates a mother’s love? Understanding the meanings associated with specific flowers can help you create a floral arrangement that communicates your message and feelings more deeply. Combining flowers with similar meanings can create a unique and personalised floral gift that really celebrates the connection between you and the person you are giving it to.

Flowers have an amazing ability to bring people closer, to send love and well wishes when you can’t physically be with someone. Not only do flowers make us happy in the moment of receiving them, but they boost to our mental and emotional well being has been shown to last for days. The act of sending flowers to someone sends a message that you care about them and are thinking of them. But the language of flowers runs much deeper than that. For many centuries meanings have been attributed to different types of flowers, their colours and even the way floral arrangements are presented. Myths and creation stories featuring flowers can be found in both Western and Eastern cultures and religions.

Floriography, the cryptic communication of meaning through flowers, came into popularity during the Victorian era. With strict moral codes dictating social interactions, flowers became a way for friends, enemies and lovers to secretly communicate their feelings and intentions.

The meaning of different blooms has changed over time and can differ across countries. The list below reflects the meanings most commonly accepted in Western cultures and have been organised by occasion to help you find the perfect bloom to communicate your floral message. There is also a list of flowers to avoid given their negative attributions.

Birthday

Alyssum – worth beyond beauty

Anemone – protection against evil and ill wishes

Baby’s Breath – innocence, pure of heart

Daisy – innocence and hope

Lilac – joy of youth

Lily (Calla) – beauty

Lily of the Valley – sweetness and purity

Marjoram – joy and happiness

Morning Glory – affection

Pansy – I’m thinking of you

Peony – happy life

Tulip (yellow) – sunshine in your smile

Engagement/Wedding/Anniversary

Baby’s Breath – innocence, pure of heart

Dahlia – commitment and everlasting bond

Forget-Me-Not – true love

Heliotrobe – eternal love and devotion

Honeysuckle – bonds of love

Ivy – fidelity, marriage

Jasmine (white) – sweet love

Lily of the Valley – pure love

Myrtle – good luck and love in marriage

Rose (red) – I love you

Rose (pink) – happiness

Rose (white) – I am worthy of you

Salvia (red) – forever mine

Sunflower (dwarf) – adoration

Violet – loyalty, devotion, faithfulness

TIP: If you are planning flowers for a wedding, or looking to send flowers for a wedding/engagement, make sure you check the seasonal availability of popular wedding flowers to make sure the flowers you are after will be available at that time of year

Valentine’s Day

Camellia (red) – you are a flame in my heart

Camellia (white) – perfected loveliness

Camellia (pink) – longing for you

Carnation (except yellow) – love

Chrysanthemum (red) – I love you

Daffodil – unequalled love, devotion

Gardenia – secret love

Heliotrobe – eternal love and devotion

Jasmine (white) – sweet love

Lily (Calla) – beauty

Lily of the Valley – pure love

Ranunculus – I’m dazzled by you

Rose (red) – I love you

Rose (white) – I am worthy of you

Salvia (blue) – thinking of you

Salvia (red) – forever mine

Sunflower (dwarf) – adoration

Tulip (red) – passion, declaration of love

Violet – loyalty, devotion, faithfulness

Bereavement/Get Well

Azalea – take care of yourself

Chamomile – patience in adversity

Gladioli – remembrance

Hyacinth (white) – prayers for someone

Hyacinth (purple) – sorrow

Lemon balm – sympathy

Pansy – I’m thinking of you

Peace Lily – wish of peace

Poppy (red) – consolation

Rose (dark crimson) – mourning

Rosemary – remembrance

Salvia (blue) – thinking of you

Thyme – courage and strength

Zinnia – thoughts of an absent friend

TIP: It has been scientifically proven that our brains respond to different colours in different ways
Blue – calming, lowers blood pressure
Green – soothing, mentally relaxing, helps those sufferng from depression, anxiety and nervousness
Violet – peace
Pink – relaxation, relieves tensions, soothes
Yellow – energises and improves mood
Orange – energises, stimulates
Red – stimulates brain activity, increases heart rate and respiration rate
Black – self-confidence, power, strength

https://www.easyflowers.com.au/information/meanings

Mother’s Day

Alyssum – worth beyond beauty

Camellia (white) – perfected loveliness

Carnation – a mother’s love (the Mother’s Day equivalent of a rose for Valentine’s day)

Daisy – loyal love

Iris – eloquence and wisdom

Honeysuckle – bonds of love

Jasmine (yellow) – grace and eloquence

Lily (Calla) – beauty

Lily (Day) – Chinese emblem for mother

Rose (red) – I love you

Tulip (yellow) – sunshine in your smile

Thank You/Friendship

Azalea – take care of yourself

Camellia – gratitude

Chrysanthemum – you are a wonderful friend

Geranium – true friendship

Hyacinth (blue) – sincerity

Freesia – trust and friendship

Iris – wisdom and friendship

Lotus – purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, rebirth

Salvia (blue) – thinking of you

Home/Office

Caladium – great joy and delight

Cattail – peace and prosperity

Chrysanthemum (white) – truth

Crocus – cheerfulness, gladness

Fern – confidence and shelter

Freesia – trust

Heather (white) – protection, wishes will come true

Holly – domestic happiness

Hyacinth (blue) – constancy

Palm leaves – victory, success

Poppy (yellow) – wealth, success

Wisteria – welcome

TIP: Bringing flowers/plants into your home regularly has amazing benefits for your emotional and mental well being. Studies have shown that the presence of flowers in a home or office can help reduce stress, overcome insomnia (particularly lavender), bring calm, boost your mood, improve creativity and help with concentration and productivity. What is not to like!

Flowers to avoid

Carnation (yellow) – rejection, disappointment

Carnation (purple) – capriciousness, unreliability

Carnation (striped) – refusal

Chrysanthemum (yellow) – slighted love, rejection

Hyacinth (yellow) – jealousy

Marigold – despair, jealousy

Rhododendron – danger, beware

Rose (yellow) – jealousy, infidelity, loss of love

Sunflower (tall) – pride

If you have a special message in mind or need some help picking the right flowers for your arrangement, get in contact and we can chat through your message and flower options/availability.

Flowers meanings sourced from:
https://www.almanac.com/content/flower-meanings-language-flowers#

http://www.allflorists.co.uk/advice_flowerMeanings.asp

https://www.easyflowers.com.au/information/meanings

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