Flower Meanings

Did you know that flowers have meanings associated with them? And, that there are flowers befitting specific occasions?

Flowers are a part of the most important occasions in our lives. They are conspicuously present on birthdays, funerals, graduation, weddings, etc. forming an integral part of our lives. Some flowers have religious significance too.

It is impossible for any person to be completely unaware of flower meanings. Everyone knows that a red rose stands for romantic love and that one does not send yellow roses to anyone in mourning. However, meanings are associated not only with roses but also with other flowers.

Most people do not consider flower meanings before gifting flowers. Similarly, people who receive flowers may not know their meaning and hence miss the underlying message. Know which flower stands as the national flower of what country?

Read on to know more about flower meanings and to see what your favorite flower means

Flower Image Flower Name and Meaning View Collection
AlstroemeriaFlower Meaning Alstroemeria flower is symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is also the flower of friendship. View Collection
Amaryllis Flower Meaning Amaryllis This flower is symbolic of splendid beauty. It is also used to indicate worth beyond beauty. Collection currently not available
Anemone Flower Meaning Anemone on a darker note indicates fading hope and a feeling of having been forsaken. On a positive note it symbolizes anticipation. Collection currently not available
Anthurium Flower Meaning Anthurium symbolizes hospitality. It is also used to indicate happiness and abundance. Collection currently not available
Aster Flower Meaning Aster symbolizes patience. It is also indicative of a love of variety. It also symbolizes elegance and daintiness. Collection currently not available
Birds of Paradise Flower Meaning Bird of Paradise symbolizes joyfulness. It also symbolizes magnificence. It can also be used to indicate exciting and wonderful anticipation. View Collection
Bouvardia Double Flower Meaning Bouvardia Double symbolizes enthusiasm. It is also used to indicate zest for life. Collection currently not available
cala-lily Calla Lily symbolizes magnificence and beauty. White Calla lilies combine these two attributes with purity and innocence associated with the color white to make it the perfect choice of flower in a Wedding bouquet. View Collection
Carnation Flower Meaning Carnation symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; a pink carnation symbolizes the love of a woman or a mother; a purple carnation symbolizes capriciousness; a yellow carnation symbolizes disdain, rejection or disappointment; while a white carnation symbolizes innocence and pure love. A striped carnation conveys refusal. View Collection
Chrysanthemum, Standard Flower Meaning Chrysanthemum symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. A red chrysanthemum conveys love; a white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth and loyal love while a yellow chrysanthemum symbolizes slighted love. View Collection
Daffodil Flower Meaning Daffodil symbolizes regard and chivalry. It is indicative of rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life. It also symbolizes unrequited love. A single daffodil foretells a misfortune while a bunch of daffodils indicate joy and happiness. Collection currently not available
daisy Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity. It conveys loyal love and “I will never tell”. Gerbera Daisy specifically conveys cheerfulness. View Collection
Delphinium, Hybrid Flower Meaning Delphinium, Hybrid symbolizes big-heartedness, fun, lightness and levity. It also indicates ardent attachment. Collection currently not available
Freesia Flower Meaning Freesia symbolizes innocence and thoughtfulness. Collection currently not available
gardenia Gardenia symbolizes purity and sweetness. They indicate secret love. They convey joy. They tell the receiver you are lovely. View Collection
gerbera Gerbera belongs to the daisy family and therefore assumes the symbolism associated with the daisy flower. Gerbera specifically conveys cheerfulness. View Collection
Gladiolus Flower Meaning Gladiolus symbolizes strength of character, faithfulness and honor. The Gladiolus flower signifies remembrance. View Collection
Heather Heather Lavender symbolizes admiration, solitude and beauty while white heather symbolizes protection and indicates that wishes will come true. Collection currently not available
Hyacinth Flower Meaning Hyacinth symbolizes playfulness and a sporty attitude and in its extreme rashness. Hyacinths also denote constancy. Blue hyacinth stands for constancy, purple for sorrow, red or pink for play, white for loveliness and yellow for jealousy. Collection currently not available
Hydrangea Flower Meaning Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. In its negative sense hydrangea symbolizes frigidity and heartlessness. Collection currently not available
Iris Flower Meaning Iris symbolizes eloquence. Purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. Blue iris symbolizes faith and hope. Yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity. View Collection
Larkspur Flower Meaning Larkspur symbolizes levity or lightness. It is also indicative of fickleness and haughtiness. Collection currently not available
Lilac Flower Meaning Lilac symbolizes youthful innocence and confidence. White lilac symbolizes humility and innocence, field lilac symbolizes charity while purple lilac symbolizes first love. Collection currently not available
Lily, Oriental Flower Meaning Lily symbolizes purity and refined beauty. White lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, orange lily symbolizes passion, yellow lily symbolizes gaiety while Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart. The Easter lily is the symbol of the Virgin Mary. View Collection
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Orchid, Dendrobium Flower Meaning Orchid is a symbol of the exotic beauty. It symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. It also symbolizes proud and glorious femininity. Collection currently not available
Peony Flower Meaning Peony symbolizes bashfulness and compassion. It can also be used to express indignation or shame. It symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity. View Collection
Protea, King Flower Meaning Protea, King stands for change and transformation. It signifies daring and resourcefulness. It is symbolic of diversity and courage. Collection currently not available
Queen Anne's Lace Flower Meaning Queen Anne’s Lace symbolizes a haven or sanctuary. It signifies complexity and delicateness. Collection currently not available
Ranunculus Flower Meaning Ranunculus symbolizes radiant charm. It conveys a message that you are radiant with charm or you are attractive. Collection currently not available
Rose Flower Meaning Rose symbolizes love. It signifies love in its various forms. Its symbolism varies based on color, variety and number. Learn more about Rose Flower Meanings. Collection currently not available
Snapdragon Flower Meaning Snapdragon symbolizes graciousness and strength. Its negative connotations include deception and presumption. Collection currently not available
Statice Flower Meaning Statice is symbolic of remembrance. It also symbolizes sympathy and success. Collection currently not available
Stock Flower Meaning Stock symbolizes lasting beauty and a happy life. It is indicative of bonds of affection and is symbolic of promptness. Collection currently not available
Sunflower Flower Meaning Sunflower signifies pure thoughts. It symbolizes adoration and dedication. It is symbolic of dedicated love. It is however also symbolic of haughtiness. Collection currently not available
Sweet Pea Flower Meaning Sweet Pea indicates delicate pleasure and bliss. It is a flower symbolic of departure after having a good time. Collection currently not available
Tulip Flower Meaning Tulip signifies a declaration of love. It also symbolizes fame and perfect love. Collection currently not available.

Did you know? 12 Roses as a gift implies “the ultimate declaration of love”, 25 roses convey “Congratulations!!” and 50 roses express “Unconditional love”

It is a great idea to have a book on the meaning of flowers handy so that you can refer to it whenever you wish to send a special message through flowers. Some interesting books on the subjects are:

  • The Meaning of Flowersby Gretchen Scoble
  • Flower Fairies: The Meaning of Flowersby Cicely Mary Barker
  • Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Hidden Language of Flowersby Peter Loewer
  • The Meaning of Flowersby Fu Ji Tsang
  • The Secret Language of Flowers: Rediscovering Traditional Meaningsby Shane Connolly