Flower Power: What Each of the 20 Most Popular Flowers Symbolize & Other Interesting Facts
In the Victorian era, sending a secret message to your lover
using a carefully chosen bouquet of flowers was all the rage.
The type of flower, its color and even whether the flowers
were presented with the right or left hand (right for yes,
left for no) all had a specific meaning to convey.
Have something you want to say? Say it with flowers!
This language of flowers, known as floriography, is not widely
used today, when flowers are chosen more for their color,
shape or scent. Nonetheless, the meanings still remain, and
if you want to tell
your lover how you feel or send a thoughtful note to a
friend, why not say it with flowers?
Here are 20 popular flowers to choose from, along with their
meanings (be sure to include a legend with your own flower
message so the recipient can decode its meaning).
The color and type of the lily is very important:
Calla Lily: Beauty
White Lily: Purity, "it's heavenly to be with you"
Orange Lily: Hatred
Tiger Lily: Wealth, pride
Yellow Lily: I'm walking on air
Looking for an "in" flower? Gerbera daisies are
it. "Gerbera daisies are hot," said Barbara Hinrichs,
owner of Barbara's Florals & Gifts. "A lot of gals
are loving the daisies."
What do they symbolize? Innocence, loyal love, purity and
Lilacs symbolize a first love or new love so they're popular
not only to celebrate a new union at weddings, but also to
signify the first love between a mother and child.
The rose is perhaps the most commonly known romantic flower,
but did you know they're also edible? According to Linda Stradley,
author of "I'll
Have What They're Having -- Legendary Local Cuisine,"
their flavor is reminiscent of strawberries and green apples,
and the darker the color, the stronger the flavor. In terms
of meaning, a rose's color is very important.
Red: Love, beauty, romantic love, I love you, courage
Yellow: Joy, happiness, friendship, a new beginning,
White: Purity, innocence, humility, youthfulness, sincerity,
Pink: Elegance, gracefulness, appreciation, thank you
Peach: Desire, anticipation, optimism toward the future,
closing the deal, let's get together
Orange: Enthusiasm, desire
Lavender: Love at first sight, enhancement
Gerbera daisies are one of the most "in"
flowers right now.
In general, tulips signify fame, charity and a perfect lover.
If you want to be more specific, choose a color.
6. Lily of the Valley
These dainty flowers symbolize sweetness, humility, return
to happiness and purity.
In China, orchids are a symbol for many children, but in general
they also signify love, beauty and refinement.
This fragrant, sweet-smelling flower is a favorite for weddings,
as it symbolizes marital bliss, as well as a desire to travel
Most aren't aware that carnation petals are edible and quite
sweet. They've been used to make the French liqueur Chartreuse
since the 17th century, says Stradley. In general, a carnation
is a sign of affection, health and energy, but color does
make a difference.
Pink: I'll never forget you
Red: Admiration, my heart is aching
Solid colored: Yes, acceptance
Striped: Refusal, no, I can't be with you
White: Pure love, sweet, innocence
Yellow: Rejection, disdain
Stephanotis is a favorite for weddings
signifies marital bliss.
Have a secret crush? Send him or her gardenias. They mean
ecstasy, you're lovely, and I secretly love you.
A hydrangea has two, very different, sides. It can express
a thank you for understanding, but it can also signify frigidity
Most people have snacked on sunflower seeds, but did you know
the bud of the sunflower can be steamed like an artichoke
(and tastes similar)? Interested more in meaning than eating?
Sunflowers symbolize loyalty and wishes.
Pansies are edible and can be used as a garnish or to add
a slightly grassy flavor to green or fruit salads. Send them
to someone you're thinking of; they signify loving thoughts.
Daffodils symbolize regard, respect and unrequited love.
Forget-Me-Nots have their name for a reason. Along with true
love, they're also used to symbolize memories.
Marigolds are a popular and pretty garden flower, but you
may want to think twice before giving a bouquet to your neighbor.
They can signify cruelty, grief and jealousy (although they
can also be sent to "comfort the heart" of someone
Send someone a reminder of your favorite memories together
Another good flower choice for weddings, peonies symbolize
a happy life and marriage and are regarded as an aphrodisiac.
Also popular in the garden, petunias have several, somewhat
contradictory, meanings. Along with resentment and anger,
they can also indicate "your presence soothes me."
This fragrant flower means lasting beauty, you'll always be
beautiful to me, affection and promptness.
The violet symbolizes modesty, hence the term "shrinking
violet." However, based on color:
Blue: I'll always be true, faithfulness, watchfulness
White: Let's take a chance
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