The Meaning of Flowers
Our floral dictionary defines flowers according to their traditional meanings. Check here when you wish to send a subtle message through a bouquet – or to decode the spray you’ve received!

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Absinth/Wormwood:Separation and Torment of Love
Acacia:Platonic Love, concealed love
Aconite/Monkshood:Misanthropy and Poisonous Words
Adams’s Needle:A Friend in Need
Adonis:Recollection of Life’s Pleasure
Almond:Virginity and Fruitfulness
Almond Blossom:Hope and Watchfulness
Aloe:Wisdom and Integrity
Allspice:Compassion
Alyssum (sweet):Worth beyond beauty
Amaranth:Fidelity
Amaranth, Globe:Unchangeable
Amaryllis:Pastoral Poetry, Pride
Ambrosia:Your Love is reciprocated
Anemone:Refusal and Abandonment, Forsaken
Apple:Symbol of Perpetual Concord
Apricot Blossom:Timid Love
Abor Vitae:True Friendship
Arbutus:Thee only do I Love
Artemesia:Symbol of Dignity
Asphodel:Languor and Regret
Aster:Daintiness, Symbol of Love
Azalea:Fragile and Ephemeral Passion
b
Baby’s Breath:Happiness
Bay Wreath:Reward of Merit
Begonia:“Beware! I am fanciful!”
Bindweed:Coquette and Busybody
Bittersweet:Truth
Blackthorn/Sloe:Difficulty and Austerity
Blue Bell:Delicacy and Humility
Bouquet of Withered Flowers:Rejected love
Burdock:Importunity and Boredom
Buttercup:Childishness
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Cactus:Bravery and Endurance
Camellia:Excellence and Steadfastness
Camellia, red:You’re a flame in my heart
Camellia, white:You’re adorable
Camomile:Initiative and Ingenuity
Candytuft:Indifference
Canterbury Bell:Constancy and Warning
Cardinal Flower:Distinction and Splendor
Carnation:Fascination
Carnation, Pink:Emblem of Mother’s Day, I will never forget you
Carnation, Purple:Antipathy and Capriciousness
Carnation, Red:Admiration, my heart aches for you
Carnation, Striped:No, Sorry, I cannot be with you
Carnation, White:Pure Love, Sweet Love, Innocence
Carnation, Yellow:Disdain and Rejection
Cedar Leaf:“I live for thee”
Chestnut:Independence and Injustice
China Aster:Jealousy and After-thought
Chrysanthemum:You are a wonderful friend
Chrysanthemum, Red:I love you
Chrysanthemum, White:Truth
Chrysanthemum, Yellow:Slighted Love
Cinnamon:Love and Beauty
Clematis:Artifice and Ingenuity
Clove:Dignity and Restraint
Clover:Fertility and Domestic Virtue
Clover, Four leafed:Symbol Of Good Luck
Clover, Five leafed:Symbol Of Bad Luck
Cockscomb/Celosia:Silliness or Foppery
Coltsfoot:Maternal Love and Care
Columbine:Cuckoldry and Deserted Love
Convolvulus:Humble Perseverance
Coreopsis:Always cheerful
Cornflower:Delicacy
Crane’s-bill/Wild Geranium:Constancy and Availability
Crocus:Youthful Gladness, Attachment, Cheerfulness
Crown Imperial:Majesty and Power
Cyclamen:Resignation & Goodbye
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Daffodil:Emblem of Annunciation/Regard, Unrequited love
Dahlia:Good Taste
Daisy:Gentleness, Innocence, Loyal love
Dandelion:Oracle of Time and Love, Faithfulness, Happiness
Day Lily/Hemerocallis:Emblem Of The Mother
Delphinium:Airy
Dogwood:Durability
e
Edelweiss:Daring & Noble Courage
Eglantine:Spring & Poetry
Elderberry Blossom:Humility and Kindness
Everlasting:Constancy
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Fennel:Strength
Fern:Sincerity, Magic, Fascination, Confidence, Shelter
Fir:Time & Evaluation
Forget-me-not:Faithful Love, Memories
Forsynthia:Anticipation
Fuchsia:Amiability
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Gardenia:“I love you in secret”
Geranium, Oak-leaf:Friendship
Geranium, Rose:Preference
Gillyflower, Pink:Bonds Of Affection
Gladiolus:Strength Of Character, I am really sincere
Gloxinia:Love at first sight
Goldenrod:Treasure And Good Fortune
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Heather, Purple:Admiration, Beauty and Solitude
Heather, Pink:“Good Luck”
Heather, White:Protection From Danger
Heliotrope:Devotion, Eternal Love
Hibiscus:Delicate Beauty
Holly:Foresight
Hollyhock:Ambition and Liberality
Honeysuckle:Sweetness Of Disposition
Hyacinth:Games & Sports
Hyacinth, purple:I am sorry, Please forgive me, Sorrow
Hyacinth, white:Loveliness, I will pray for you
Hyacinth, yellow:Jealousy
Hydrangea :Vanity, Thank you for understanding, Frigidity
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Iris:Faith, Wisdom, Valor, Your Friendship means so much to me
Ivy:Friendship, Wedded love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
j
Jasmine, Red:Folly and Glee
Jasmine, White:Amiability and Cheerfulness
Jasmine, Yellow:Timidity and Modesty
Jonquil:Violent Sympathy and Desire, Love me, Affection returned
l
Lady’s Slipper:Capricious Beauty
Larkspur:Open Heart
Laurel:Success and Renown
Lavender:Constancy
Lilac, Mauve:“Do You Still Love Me”
Lilac, Pink:Youth and Acceptance
Lilac, White:“My First Dream Of Love”
Lily, Calla:Majestic Beauty
Lily, Day:Coquetry
Lily, Orange:Hatred and Disdain, Wealth, Pride
Lily, White:Majesty and Purity, Virginity
Lily-Of-The-Valley:Purity and Humility, Sweetness
Lotus:Mystery and Truth
Love-In-The-Mist/Nigell:Delicacy and Perplexity
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Magnolia:Dignity, Splendid Beauty
Marigold:Sacred Affection, Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
Marjoram:Comfort and Consolation
Marvel-Of-Peru:Flame of Love
Mistletoe:Affection and Love
Mimosa:Sensitivity
Myrtle:Love, Mirth and Joy
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Narcissus:Egotism, Formality
Nasturtium:Patriotism
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Oleander:Beauty and Grace
Orange Blossom:Your Purity Equals Your Loveliness, Innocence, Eternal Love
Orange Mock:Deceit
Orchid:Magnificence, Love, Beauty, Refinement
p
Pansy:Thoughtful Recollection
Passionflower:Faith and Piety
Peach Blossom:Generosity and Bridal Hope
Pear Blossom:Health and Hope
Peony:Healing, Life, Happy Marriage, Gay life
Peppermint:Warmth of Feelings
Periwinkle, Blue:Early Friendship
Periwinkle, White:Pleasures of Memory
Petunia:Anger and Resentment
Phlox:Sweet Dreams
Plum Blossom:Beauty and Longevity
Poinsettia:“Be of Good Cheer”
Poppy:Imagination, Dreaminess, Eternal sleep
Poppy, yellow:Wealth, Success
Primrose:Young Love, I cannot live without you
Primrose, evening:Inconstancy
q
Queen Anne’s Lace:Fantasy
r
Rose, Bridal:Happy Love
Rose, Carolina:Love Is Dangerous
Rose, Christmas:Peace and Tranquility
Rose, Coral/Orange:Enthusiasm, Desire
Rose, Dark Pink:Thank you
Rose, Light Pink:Admiration
Rose, Musk:Capricious Beauty
Rose, Pale:Friendship
Rose, Peach:Let’s get together, Closing of the deal
Rose, Pink:Love, Grace, Gentility, You’re so Lovely, Perfect Happiness, Please believe me
Rose, Pink & White:I love you still and always will
Rose, Red:Love, Desire, Respect, Courage, Job well done
Rose, Red & Yellow:Congratulations
Rose, White:Charm, Secrecy, Silence, You’re Heavenly, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness and Innocence
Rose, White on Red:Unity/Flower Emblem of England
Rose, Yellow:Infidelity, Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Jealousy, Welcome Back, Remember me
Rose, Yellow & Orange:Passionate thoughts
Rosemary:Constancy, Fidelity and Loyalty
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Salvia, Blue:“I Think of You”
Smilax:Lovely
Snapdragon:Presumption, Deception, Gracious lady
Snowdrop:Hope and Consolation
Spearmint:Warmth of Sentiment
Spider Flower:Elope with me
Statice:Lasting Beauty
Stephanotis:Happiness in marriage
Stock:Bonds of affection, You will always be beautiful to me
Sunflower:Homage and Devotion
Sweet Basil:Good Luck
Sweet Pea:Departure, Blissful pleasure, Thanks for a lovely time
Sweet William:Gallantry, Finesse and Perfection
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Thrift:Sympathy
Thyme:Courage and Activity
Tiger Lily:Wealth and Pride
Tuberose:Dangerous Pleasures
Tulip:Symbol of The Perfect Lover
Tulip, Red:Believe me, Declaration of love
Tulip, Variegated:Beautiful eyes
v
Violet:Modesty and Simplicity
Viscaria:Will you dance with me?
w
Wallflower:Friendship and Adversity
Water Lily:Eloquence and Persuasion
Wisteria:Youth and Poetry
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Xeranthemum:Eternity and Immortality
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Yarrow:Healing
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Zinnia:Thoughts of Absent Friends
Zinnia, Pink:Lasting Affection