Flower Meanings

Use our handy guide to understand how different flowers can be perceived within different cultures. 





Alstroemeria   Devotion
Amaryllis   Pastoral poetry
Aster   Symbol of love, daintiness
Bells of Ireland   Good luck
Blue bell   Humility
Carnation Pink Ill never forget you
Carnation Purple Whimsical, changeable, capriciousness
Carnation Red My heart aches for you, admiration
Carnation Striped No, sorry I cant be with you, wish I could be with you
Carnation White Sweet and lovely, innocence, pure love, woman’s good luck gift
Carnation Yellow Rejection, distain
Chrysanthemum General You’re a wonderful friend, cheerfulness and rest
Chrysanthemum Red I love you
Chrysanthemum White Truth
Chrysanthemum Yellow Slighted love
Daffodil   Regard, you’re the only one, the sun is always shining when I’m with you, respect, unrequited love
Gardenia   You’re lovely, secret love
Gladiolus   Love at first sight, Give me a break…I’m really sincere, flower of the gladiators
Gypsophila   Everlasting love
Hyacynth Blue Constancy
Hyacynth General Games and sports, flower dedicated to Apollo
Hyacynth Purple I am sorry, please forgive me
Hyacynth Pink Play
Hyacynth White Loveliness, I’ll pray for you
Hyacynth Yellow Jealousy
Hydrangea   Thank you for understanding
Iris   Fleur-de-lis, emblem of France, your friendship means so much to me, faith, hope, wisdom and valor, my compliments
Erlicheer   Love me, affection returned, desire, sympathy, desire for affection returned
Lavender   Devotion
Lily Calla Beauty
Lily Tiger Wealth, pride
Lily White (Oriental) Virginity, purity, majesty, it’s heavenly to be with you
Lily Yellow I’m walking on air, false and gay
Lily White (Longiflorum) Greetings of the season
Magnolia   Nobility
Daffodils   Stay as sweet as you are
Orchid   Love, beauty, refinement, beautiful lady, Chinese symbol for many children
Paeonie   Happy marriage
Pointsettia   Be of good cheer
Rose Coral Desire
Rose Dark crimson Mourning
Rose Dark pink Thankfulness
Rose Dasmask Persian ambassador of love
Rose Lavender Enchantment
Rose Orange Fascination
Rose Pale peach Modesty
Rose Pale pink Grace, joy
Rose Pink Perfect happiness
Rose Red Love, respect
Rose Red & white Unity
Rose Tea Ill remember always
Rose White Eternal love, innocence & secrecy
Rose White together with red Unity white on red together – flower emblem of England
Snapdragon   No, deception, gracious lady
Statice   Lasting beauty
Stock   Bonds of affection, promptness, youll always be beautiful to me
Sunflower   Loyalty
Sweet pea   Good bye, departure, blissful pleasure, thankyou for a lovely time 
Tulip General Perfect lover, frame, flower emblem of Holland
Tulip Red Believe me, declaration of love
Tulip Yellow There’s sunshine in your smile, hopeless love
Zinnia   Thoughts of absent friends
Zinnia Magenta Lasting affection
Zinnia Mixed Thinking (or in memory) of an absent friend
Zinnia Scarlet Constancy
Zinnia White Goodness
Zinnia Yellow Daily remembrance


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