What Do Flowers Mean?

IMG_2424From the first time a teen out on his first date wants to impress a young lady onwards through life, there’s always that question – “What does this flower mean?” Or, “What kind of flower should I send to say….?”  Women usually have a better insight into the meaning of flowers and all the symbolism involved, but for general reference, we’re sharing this great list of flowers and their meanings.

The list adapted below is based on one of the more widely accepted definitions distributed by American Floral Services, Inc. of Oklahoma City, OK.

Floral ArrangementACACIA BLOSSOM: Concealed Love; Beauty in Retirement; Chaste Love

ACORN: Nordic Symbol of Life and Immortality

AMBROSIA: Your Love is reciprocated

AMARYLLIS: Pride; Pastoral Poetry

ANEMONE: Forsaken

ARBUTUS: Thee Only Do I Love

ASTER: Symbol of Love; Daintiness

AZALEA: Take Care of Yourself for Me; Temperance; Fragile Passion; Chinese Symbol of Womanhood

BACHELOR BUTTON: Single Blessedness




BLUEBELL: Humility


CACTUS: Endurance

CAMELLIA: Admiration; Perfection; Good Luck, Gift to a Man

CAMELLIA, Pink: Longing for you

CAMELLIA, Red: You’re a Flame in My Heart

CAMELLIA, White: You’re Adorable

Candytuft: Indifference

CARNATION, General: Fascination; Divine Love

CARNATION, Pink: I’ll never forget you

CARNATION, Purple: Capriciousness

CARNATION, Red: My Heart Aches for You; Admiration

CARNATION, Solid Color: Yes

CARNATION, Striped: No; Refusal; Sony I can’t be with you; Wish I Could Be with You

CARNATION, White: Sweet and Lovely; Innocence; Pure Love; Woman s Good Luck Gift

CARNATION, Yellow: You Have Disappointed Me; Rejection

CATTAIL: Peace; Prosperity

CHRYSANTHEMUM, General: You’re A Wonderful Friend; Cheerfulness and Rest



CHRYSANTHEMUM, Yellow: Slighted Love

COREOPSIS: Always Cheerful

CROCUS: Cheerfulness

CYCLAMEN: Resignation and Good-bye

DAFFODIL: Regard; Unrequited Love; you’re the Only One; the Sun is Always Shining When I’m With You

DAISY: Innocence; Loyal Love; I’ll Never Tell; Purity

DANDELION: Faithfulness; Happiness


FERN: Magic; Fascination; Confidence and Shelter

FERN, Maidenhair: Secret Bond of Love

FLAX: Domestic Symbol

FORGET-ME-NOT: True Love; Memories

FORSYTHIA: Anticipation

GARDENIA: You’re Lovely; Secret Love

GARLIC: Courage; Strength

GERANIUM: Stupidity; Folly

GLADIOLUS: Give Me a Break. I’m Really Sincere; Flower of the Gladiators

GLOXINIA: Love at First Sight

GRASS: Submission

HEATHER, Lavender: Admiration; Solitude

HEATHER, White: Protection; Wishes Will Come True

HOLLY: Defense; Domestic Happiness

HYACINTH, General-: Games and Sports; Rashness; Flower Dedicated to Apollo

HYACINTH, Blue: Constancy

HYACINTH, Purple: I am Sorry; Please Forgive Me; Sorrow

HYACINTH, Red or Pink: Play

HYACINTH, White: Loveliness; I’ll Pray for You

HYACINTH, Yellow: Jealousy

HYDRANGEA: Thank You for Understanding; Frigidity; Heartlessness

IRIS: Fleur-de-Lis, Emblem of France; Your Friendship Means So Much to Me; Faith; Hope; Wisdom and Valor; My Compliments

IVY: Wedded Love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection IVY

SPRIG OF WHITE TENDRILS: Anxious to Please; Affection

JONQUIL: Love me; Affection Returned; Desire; Sympathy; Desire for Affection Returned

LARKSPUR, Pink: Fickleness

LILY, Calla: Beauty

LILY, Day: Coquetry; Chinese Emblem for Mothers

LILY, Eucharis: Maiden Charms

LILY, Orange: Hatred

LILY, Tiger: Wealth; Pride

LILY, White: Virginity; Purity; Majesty; its Heavenly to Be with You

LILY, Yellow: I’m walking on Air; False and Gay

LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY: Sweetness; Tears of the Virgin Mary; Return to Happiness; Humility; You’ve Made My Life Complete

MAGNOLIA: Nobility

MARIGOLD-: Cruelty; Grief Jealousy

MISTLETOE: Kiss me; Affection; To Surmount Difficulties; Sacred Plant of India; Magic Plant of the Druids

MONKSHOOD: Beware; A Deadly Foe is near

MOSS: Maternal Love; Charity

MYRTLE: Love; Hebrew Emblem of Marriage

NARCISSUS: Egotism; Formality; Stay Sweet As You Are

NASTURTIUM: Conquest; Victory in Battle

NUTS: Stupidity


ORANGE BLOSSOM: Innocence; Eternal Love; Marriage and Fruitfulness


ORCHID: Love; Beauty; Refinement; Beautiful Lady; Chinese Symbol for Many Children

ORCHID, Cattleya: Mature Charm

PALM LEAVES: Victory and Success

PEONY: Shame; Gay Life; Happy Marriage

PETUNIA: Resentment; Anger; Your Presence Soothes me

PINE: Hope; Pity

POPPY, General: Eternal Sleep; Oblivion; Imagination

POPPY – Red: Pleasure

POPPY – White: Consolation

POPPY – Yellow: Wealth; Success

PRIMROSE: I can’t Live Without You PRIMROSE, Evening – Inconstancy


ROSE: Bridal – Happy Love

ROSE: Christmas – Tranquilize My Anxiety; Anxiety

ROSE: Coral – Desire

ROSE: Damask – Persian Ambassador of Love

ROSE: Dark Crimson – Mourning

ROSE: Dark Pink – Thankfulness

ROSE: Lavender – Enchantment


ROSE: Orange – Fascination

ROSE: Pale Peach – Modesty

ROSE: Pale Pink – Grace, Joy

ROSE: Red – Love. Respect

ROSE: Single Full Bloom – I Love you; I Still Love

ROSE: Tea – I’ll Remember; Always

ROSE: Thornless – Love at First Sight

ROSE: White – Innocence and Secrecy

ROSE: White and Red Together -Unity – Flower Emblem of England

ROSE: Yellow – Joy, Friendship

ROSEBUDBeauty and Youth; A Heart Innocent of Love

ROSEBUD: Moss – Confessions of Love

ROSEBUD: Red – Pure and Lovely

ROSEBUD: White – Girlhood

ROSES: Bouquet of Full Bloom – Gratitude

ROSES: Garland or Crown of- Reward of Merit; Crown. Symbol of Superior Merit

SMILAX: Loveliness

SNAPDRAGON: Deception; Gracious Lady

STEPHANOTISHappiness in Marriage

STOCKBonds of Affection; Promptness; You’ll ~Beautiful to Me

SWEET PEAGood-bye; Departure; Blissful Pie Thank You for a Lovely time

TULIP: General -Perfect Lover; Fame; Flower Emblem of Holland

TULIP: Red -Believe me; Declaration of Love

TULIP: Variegated -Beautiful Eyes

TULIP: Yellow -There’s Sunshine in Your Smile


VIOLET: Blue -Watchfulness; Faithfulness; I’ll Always Be True

VIOLET: White -Let’s take a Chance on Happiness

VISCARIAWill you Dance with Me?

ZINNIA: Magenta -Lasting Affection

ZINNIA: Mixed -Thinking (or in Memory) of an Absent Friend

ZINNIA: Scarlet -Constancy ZINNIA, White -Goodness

ZINNIA: Yellow -Daily Remembrance