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Flower Meanings




Amaryllis Flower

These flowers have been symbolic of a hard won success, particularly in artistic endeavors. Giving an artist a bunch of amaryllis flowers is said to encourage both their creative muse and their achievements and strength in the arts.




The September birth flower. This fall-blooming herb with daisy-like flowers stands for Wisdom, Faith, and Valor. Named after the Greek word for "Star" due to it's blooms resembling a star, Asters symbolize love, wisdom, faith, and color. The Aster flower blooms in pink, red, white, lilac and mauve. This flower became a symbol of love when in Greek mythology it was placed on the altars for the gods. So now, when you send a bouquet featuring this vibrant bloom, the message of "Take Care Of Yourself For Me" is implied. It conveys deep emotional love and affection for someone.


Bells of Ireland

Good luck. Native to Turkey, not Ireland as the name would suggest, Bells of Ireland are a symbol or wish of good luck to the recipient. However they are used in traditional weddings or special ceremonies in Ireland. Because of their shape they’re also known as Shell Flowers.


Lily (Calla)

This breathtaking bloom has two meanings: one as a sign of purity and magnificent beauty, and the other as a symbol of rebirth or resurrection. In ancient Greek mythology, the calla lily represented the goddess Hera. Often used in both weddings and funerals, they are beautiful alone and require few additional flowers or greenery to create stunning bouquets for special events.



Fascination. Love. Distinction. A pink carnation means affection, while a red carnation means ‘I love you.’ Striped carnations means regret that a love is not shared, while white carnations mean pure love, and yellow means rejection or disappointment.



“Mums" as they are more commonly known, are one of the most widely cultivated flowers in the world. They serve as the birthday flower for those born in the month of November. Chicago and Salinas, California have adopted the mum as their official flower. The secret meaning of the mum? "You’re A Wonderful Friend."


Orange (Coral) Rose

Enthusiasm, desire and fascination.


Daffodil (Narcissus)

Daffodils symbolize honesty and truth. They can also stand for forgiveness. They bloom each spring almost regardless of the winter weather. Daffodils should be given as a symbol of forgiveness, or in appreciation. Even though they're not seen much in the US until spring, the Narcissus, also known as the Daffodil, Jonquil, or Paperwhite, is the flower of December.



Daises convey innocence, loyal love, and purity. It's also said to represent keeping a secret between friends. The daisy is a perky and fun bloom that comes in a wide range of colors and sizes. Daisies make up almost 10% of all flowering plants on Earth, growing on every continent except Antarctica. In history, suitors would wear a daisy during the days of knighthood, and the women would include a daisy as part of their mementos to signify availability.


Dahlia Flower

These spicy flowers can stand for varied meanings, including both warnings and change. A bit of a wild card, they are very useful for vibrant floral displays when paired with more slender flowers. Perhaps this flower could be warning of change, combining two meanings.



Open heart. Ardent attachment. A beautiful perennial that goes well from garden to vase, Delphinium have had a place in gardens since the 1500s. Like many other blooms that occur in a variety of hues, each color variation of delphinium conveys a different meaning. Pink means fickleness, white conveys a happy nature, and purple is often representing a first love. Overall, delphinium indicates strong bonds of love.



Perfect for the romantic at heart! Gardenias say “You're lovely" and are viewed as a symbol of secret love. They also signify joy and purity, and are associated with thoughts of beauty.



Remembrance, faithfulness, and sincerity all are represented by the gladiolus. Their tall, strong stems symbolize a strength of character as well. This vibrant, long lasting bloom is available in a large range of hues and is popular in floral arrangements. They are native to tropical climates and are typically hardy outdoor plants.


Hyacinth (purple)

I'm sorry. Please forgive me.



The name is derived from the Greek terms “hydor" and “angos" meaning water and vessel. Loosely translated, this means they are a water vessel, in reference to their need for plenty of water to flourish. Often used to express a thank you for understanding and other deeper, heartfelt emotions.


All colors of Iris represent eloquence. Different hues have different specific meanings too. Faith and hope both are expressed with the blue iris. Wisdom and my compliments are associated with the purple iris. Yellow iris can represent passion, while white represents purity.


Lily (General)

Purity of the heart and refined beauty. White lilies symbolize innocence and sweetness, while yellow lilies convey gratitude.


Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley means the return of happiness, and is considered a sign of purity. Also known as May Bells or May Lilies, sweetly scented and delicate blooms make this flower particularly charming. Remember, look but don't touch! It's lovely blooms, leaves, and the whole plant are highly toxic.



Known as "the herb of the sun", Marigolds symbolize passion and creativity. Two varieties are most commonplace today; the calendula and tagetes. The calendula is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. You can find it used in lotions and ointments it is helpful for eczema, bug bites, and even sunburns. The tagetes variety is inedible and some are toxic, so before you drop a bloom in your dish, be sure it's a calendula variety!



Love. Beauty. Refinement. Wisdom.



Happy marriage. The peony’s representation of bashfulness derives from the notion that nymphs were said to hide within its petals. In China and Japan they are viewed as the “King of Flowers" and are depicted frequently in paintings and artwork from the Eastern world.


Pink Rose

Happiness, gracefulness, gratitude and gentleness


Red Rose

Love, Respect, Courage & Passion


Lavender Rose

Love at first sight and enhancement



Gracious. Fascinating. Protection from evil.



Lasting beauty and a happy life are both represented by Stock. Bonds of affection and promptness are also associated with these lovely blooms.



The way a sunflower stands with its petals towards the sun should be an indicator of the symbolism of the sunflower. Spiritual attainment, along with good luck and ambition, can bring warmth to someone moving into a new place, starting a new job, or just because. Do you ever need a reason to send flowers?


Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas signify blissful pleasure, but are also used to say good-bye. They are a native flower plant of the eastern Mediterranean region from Sicily to Crete. Like the daisy, they are seen in a variety of colors. Gardeners often enjoy them for their lovely fragrance and large blooming range (March to November.)



Irresistible love. Have you ever watched a tulip bend its stem to reach the best possible source of light? Think of people who know who are always reaching for the next level.



Faithfulness. Modesty. Symbolizes a fragile or delicate love.


White Rose

Purity, secrecy, silence, innocence and charm.


Yellow Rose

Joy, gladness, friendship and "I Care." 




Thinking of an absent friend or thoughts of a friend. Specific colors have different meanings too, such as magenta ones represent lasting affection, scarlet zinnias symbolize constancy, white blooms mean goodness, and yellow speak of daily remembrance of good memories.