The Language Of Flowers

Did you know that every flower has a meaning all its own? Every time you give flowers to someone a little message goes along with it. Most of us understand that giving red roses means "I love you." But what is the message the other flowers send? Now you can find out by reading our handy little guide to the language of flowers.

The picture above shows an orange lily. It's a beautiful flower but you might want to stop and think before you give it to someone as a gift. Scroll down the list and look for lily (orange). Your gift wouldn't mean quite the same thing as giving some nice red roses.

Acacia (Blossom) Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love
AcornNordic Symbol of Life and Immortality
AmbrosiaYour Love is Reciprocated
AmaryllisPride, Pastoral Poetry
ArbutusThee Only Do I Love
AsterSymbol of Love, Daintiness
AzaleaTake Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
Bachelor ButtonSingle Blessedness
Bells of IrelandGood Luck
Bouquet of Withered FlowersRejected Love
Camellia (Pink)Longing For You
Camellia (Red)You're a Flame in My Heart
Camellia (White)You're Adorable
Carnation (General)Fascination, Women 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 and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman's Good Luck Gift
Carnation (Yellow)You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
CattailPeace, Prosperity
Chrysanthemum (Red) I Love You
Chrysanthemum (White) Truth
Chrysanthemum (Yellow) Slighted Love
Coreopsis Always Cheerful
Crocus Cheerfulness
Cyclamen Resignation and Good-bye
Daffodil Regard, Unequalled Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining When I'm with You
Daisy Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity
Dandelion Faithfulness, Happiness
Dead Leaves Sadness
Fern Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter
Fern (Maidenhair) Secret Bond of Love
Fir Time
Flax Domestic Symbol
Forget-Me-Not True Love, Memories
Forsythia Anticipation
Gardenia You're Lovely, Secret Love
Garlic Courage, Strength
Geranium Stupidity, Folly
Gladioli Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
Gloxinia Love at First Sight
Grass Submission
Heather (Lavender) Admiration, Solitude
Heather (White) Protection, Wishes Will Come True
Holly Defense, Domestic Happiness
Hyacinth (General) Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo
Hyacinth (Blue) Constancy
Hyacinth (Purple) I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow
Hyacinth (Red or Pink) Play
Hyacinth (White) Loveliness, I'll Pray for You
Hyacinth (Yellow) Jealousy
Hydrangea Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness
Iris Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valor, My Compliments
Ivy Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
Ivy (Sprig of White Tendrils) Anxious to Please, Affection
Jonquil Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned
Larkspur (Pink) Fickleness
Lily (Orange) Hatred
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 for Mother
Lily (Eucharis) Maiden Charms
Lily (Tiger) Wealth, Pride
Lily of the Valley Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You've Made My Life Complete
Magnolia Nobility
Marigold Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
Mistletoe Kiss Me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India, Magic Plant of the Druids
Monkhood Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near
Moss Maternal Love, Charity
Myrtle Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage
Narcissus Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are
Nasturtium Conquest, Victory in Battle
Nuts Stupidity
Oleander Caution
Orange Blossom Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
Orange, Mock Deceit
Orchid Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
Palm Leaves Victory and Success
Peony Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage
Petunia Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Soothes Me
Pine Hope, Pity
Poppy (General) Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
Poppy (Red) Pleasure
Poppy (White) Consolation (Poppy is the floral sign of consolation probably because it was created by "Ceres" while in search of her daughter, Prosperpine, to assuage her grief).
Poppy (Yellow) Wealth, Success
Primrose I Can't Live without You
Primrose (Evening) Inconstancy
Rose (Bridal) Happy Love
Rose (Christmas) Tranquilize My Anxiety, Anxiety
Rose (Damask) Persian Ambassador of Love
Rose (Dark Crimson) Mourning
Rose (Hibiscus) Delicate Beauty
Rose (Leaf) You May Hope
Rose (Pink) Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
Rose (Red) Love, I Love You
Rose (Tea) I'll Remember Always
Rose (Thornless) Love at First Sight
Rose (White) Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence
Rose (White and Red Mixed) Unity, Flower Emblem of England
Rose (White-Dried) Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue
Rose (White-Withered) Transient Impression, Fleeting Beauty, You Made No Impression
Rose (Yellow) Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
Rosebud Beauty and You, A Heart Innocent of Love
Rosebud (Red) Pure and Lovely
Rosebud (White) Girlhood
Rosebud (Moss) Confessions of Love
Roses (Bouquet of Mature Blooms) Gratitude
Roses (Single Full Bloom) I Love You, I Still Love You
Roses (Garland or Crown of) Beware of Virtue, Reward of Merit, Crown - Symbol of Superior Merit
Roses (Musk Cluster) Harming
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
Sweetpea Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a LovelyTime
Tulip (General) Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland
Tulip (Red) Believe Me, Declaration of Love
Tulip (Variegated) Beautiful Eyes
Tulip (Yellow) There's Sunshine in Your Smile
Violet Modesty
Violet (Blue) Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I'll Always Be There
Viscaria Will You Dance with Me?
Zinnia (Magenta) Lasting Affection
Zinnia (Mixed) Thinking (or In Memory) or an Absent Friend
Zinnia (Scarlet) Constancy
Zinnia (White) Goodness
Zinnia (Yellow) Daily Remembrance


  1. The list is so long but I am sending you Bells of Ireland.

  2. Wow, what my garden tells me is amazing. I may have to watch what I share.

  3. Love the list. Thank goodness I haven't given any "flowers" by accident.:-D)

  4. This is a great list! I like Hydrangeas and Pink Camilias, and they both have great meanings.