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Tuesday, August 25, 2015


JC Leahy

Whether at Valentines Day, or Easter, or at any time of the year, the giving and receiving of flowers has traditionally carried hidden meanings.  Many of the meanings of flowers which are recognized today seem to date from the Victorian Era.  I have compiled the following list of flower meanings from a number of different sources.  Enjoy it, and bookmark it for future reference!
Acacia - Concealed love, beauty in retirement, chaste love
Amaryllis - Pride, pastoral poetry
Ambrosia - Your love is reciipocated
Anemone - Forsaken
Apple blossom - Hope, good fortune, better things to  come
Arbitus - Thee only do I love.
Aster - Symbol of love, daintiness
Azalia - Take care of yourself for me, temperance, fragile passion. Chinese symbol of womanhood.
Bachelor button - Single blessedness
Begonia - Beware, a fanciful nature
Bellflower - Gratitude
Bells of Ireland - Good luck
Bittersweet - Truth
Bluebell - Humility
Blue periwinkle - Friendship
Blue Violet - Modesty, faithfulness
Bluebells - Constancy
Cactus - Endurance
Cala lily - Splendid Beauty
Camellia (in general) - Loveliness, gratitude
Camellia (pink) - Longing for you
Camellia (red) - You're a flame in my heart
Camellia (white) - You're adorable
Carnation (in general) - Distinction, fascination, woman love
Carnation (pink) - I'll never forget you
Carnation (red) - My heart aches for you, admiration
Carnation (purple) - Capriciousness
Carnation (solid color) - Yes
Carnation (striped) - No, refusal, sorry I can't be with you, wish I could be with you
Carnation (white) - Sweet & lovely, innocence, pure and ardent love, woman's good luck gift
Carnation (yellow) - You have disappointed me, rejection
Cattail - Peace, prosperity
Chrysanthemum (general) - You're a wonderful friend, cheerfulness & rest
Chrysanthemum (red) - I love you
Chrysanthemum (white) - Truth
Chrysanthemum (yellow) - Slighted love
Crocus - Cheerfulness
Cyclamen - Modesty, shyness, or resignation & goodbye
Daffodil - Regard, unrequited love, you're the only one, The sun is always shining when I'm with you
Daisy - Beauty & innocence, loyal love, purity, I'll never tell
Dandelion - Faithfulness, happiness
Fern - Fascination & sincerity, magic, confidence & shelter
Fir - Time
Flax - Domestic symbol
Flowering almond - Hope
Forget-me-not - True love and memories
Forsythia - Anticipation
Gardenia - Secret untold love, you are lovely
Geranium - Stupidity, folly
Gladiola - Give me a break, I'm really sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
Globe amaranth - Unfading love
Gloxinia - Love at first sight
Heather (lavender) - Admiration, solitude
Heather (white) - Protection, whishes will come true
Hibiscus - Delicate beauty
Honeysuckle - Devoted affection, generosity
Holly - Defense, domestic happiness
Hyacinth (in general) - Loveliness, rashness, games & sports, flower dedicated to Apollo
Hyacinth (blue) - Constancy
Hyacinth (pink or red) - Play
Hyacinth (purple) - I am sorry, please forgive me
Hyacinth (white) - Loveliness, I'll pray for you
Hyacinth (yellow) - Jealosy
Hydrangea - Boastfulness, thank you for your understanding, frigidity, heartlessness
Iris - Warmth & affection, my compliments, Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France; Your friendship means so much to me; faith, hope wisdom, and valor
Ivy - Eternal Fidelity, wedded love, fidelity, friendship, affection
Jasmine (white)  - Amiability
Jasmine (yellow) - Modesty
Jonquil - Love me, affection returned, desire, sympathy, desire for affection returned
Larkspur (in general) - Laughter, an open heart
Larkspur (pink) - Fickleness
Lemon blossom - Fidelity in love
Lilac - First love
Lilac (white) Youthful innocence
Lily (in general) - Majesty
Lily (white) - Virginity, purity, majesty: It's heavenly to be with you.
Lily (yellow) - I'm walking on air; False and gay
Lily (Calla) - Beauty
Lily (Day) - Coquetry, Chinese emblem of mother
Lily (Eucharis) - Maiden charms
Lily (Tiger) - Wealth, pride
Lily-of-the-valley - Return of happiness, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary; You're made my life complete.
Magnolia - Perseverance; nobility
Marigold - Affection; cruelty, grief, jealousy
Mimosa - Secret love
Mistletoe - Kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties; Sacred plant of India
Monkshood - Beware, A deadly foe is near
Moss - Maternal love, charity.
Myrtle - Love and remembrance; Hebrew emblem of marriage
Narcissus - Egotism; Formality; Stay as sweet as you are
Nasturtium - Conquest, victory in battle
Oleander - Caution
Orange blossoms - Purity, innocence, eternal love, marriage and fertility
Orange mock - Deceit
Orchid - Rare beauty, love, refinement, beautiful lady; Chinese symbol for many children
Orchid (Cattleya) - Mature charm
Palm leaves - Victory and success
Pansy - Thoughtful recollection
Peach blossom - Captive
Peony - Bashfulness, shame; happy life; happy marriage
Petunia - Resentment, anger; Your presence sooths me
Pine - Hope, pity
Poppy (in general) - Eternal sleep, obivion, imagination
Poppy (red) - Pleasure
Poppy (white) - Consolation
Poppy (yellow) Wealth, success
Primrose - I can't live without you, young love
Primrose (Evening) - Inconstancy
Rose (bridal) - Happy Love
Rose (Bouquest of mature blooms) - Gratitude
Rose (Single rose in full bloom) - I love you, I still love you
Rosebud - Beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love
Rosebud (Moss) - Confession of love
Rose (tea) - I'll always remember
Rose (thornless) - Love at first sight
Rose (hibiscus) - Delicate beauty
Rose (leaf) - You may hope
Rose -- All colors say, "I love you," but each color has a specail meaning.
Rose (burgundy) - Unconscious beauty
Rose (dark crimson) - Mourning
Rose (orange or coral) - Desire
Rose (pink) grace and gentility, perfect happiness, please believe me
Rose (red) - Passion, I love you
Rose (red rosebud) - Pure and lovely
Rose (red & white together) - Unity; Flower emblem of England
Rose (sweetheart roses) - Darling, Dear, or Honey
Rose (white) - I am worthy of you; innocence and purity, charm and innocence
Rose (white,dried) - Death is preferable to loss of virtue
Rose (white rosebud) - Girlhood
Rose (white rosebuds) - You're too young for love
Rose (yellow) - Joy; Decrease of love, jealosy, try to care
Rosemary - Remembrance
Smilax - Loveliness
Snapdragon - Deception; gracious lady
Spider flower - Elope with me
Stephanotis - Happiness in marriage; desire to travel
Stock - Bonds of affection; promptness; You'll always be beautiful to me.
Sweet Pea - Delicate pleasures, blissful pleasure, departure, good-bye, thank you for a lovely time
Tuberose - Dangerous pleasure
Tulip (in general) - Love, you are the perfect lover; Flower emblem of Holland
Tulip (red) - Believe me, declaration of love
Tulip (yellow) - Hopeless love; there's sunshine in your smile
Tulip (variegated) - Beautiful eyes
Verbena - You may get your wish
Violet (in general) - Modesty, affection, faithfulness
Violet (blue) - Watchfulness, faithfulness, I'll always be true
Violet (white) - Let's take a chance
Zinnia (magenta) - Lasting affection
Zinnia (mixed) - Thinking of an absent friend
Zinnia (scarlet) - Constancy
Zinnia (white) - Goodness
Zinnia (yellow) - Daily remembrance

The following sources are recognized:,, and Phillip's Floral

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