Flower Meanings

During Victorian times, the meanings attributed to different blooms were used as very romantic metaphors in love poems, letters, art works and handicrafts.  To bring a little symbolism to your gift, check out the meanings below!

  • Allium = Good fortune, prosperity, in greek times was believed to ward off the evil eye
  • Agapanthus = Secret love
  • Asters = Tiny beginnings from which great things proceed, daintiness, love
  • Anthurium = Intense attraction (this flower is a native of South America)
  • Bird of Paradise = Strange & wonderful
  • Irish Bells = Good Luck
  • Carnations = Fascination, woman love
  • Carnations – pink = Never forget you
  • Carnations – red = My heart aches for you, admiration
  • Carnations – purple = Whimsical
  • Carnations – white = Sweet and Lovely, Innocence
  • Carnations – yellow = You’ve disappointed me, rejection
  • Chrysanthemums = wonderful friend, cheerfulness, rest, abundance, truth
  • Delphinium = Swiftness, lightness
  • Fern = Magic, fascinations, confidence, shelter
  • Freesias = Trust, love may be calm
  • Gerbera  = Enduring Purity
  • Gerbera – Red = Unconcious in love
  • Gerbera – White = Truth, innocence
  • Gerbera – Yellow = Trying hard to win you
  • Gerbera – Orange = Sunshine of my life
  • Gladioli = Natural grace, sincerity
  • Hydrangeas = Understanding
  • Irises = Emblem of France. Faith, Hope, wisdom, valour, message of hope
  • Lavender = Distrust
  • Lilac = First emotions of love
  • Lily – White = Virginity, Purity, Majesty, Heavenly to be with you
  • Lily – Yellow = I’m walking on air
  • Lily – Calla = Beauty
  • Lily = Youthful innocence
  • Lily – in the middle east, sacred to goddess of fertility
  • Lily of the Valley = Sweetness, humility, you’ve made my life complete, beauty
  • Orchids – Love, beauty, refinement, thoughtful, maturity, charm, Chinese symbol for many children
  • Peonies = Happy Life, Happy Marriage
  • Protea = Challenge of desire takes many forms
  • Ranunculus = To tell a lover that they’re rich in charm and attraction
  • Roses – red = Love, I love you
  • Roses – White = Purity, I am worthy of you, you’re heavenly, love of the soul, love beyond the body, flower of light. In Asia, symbol of death.
  • Roses –white & red mix = Unity
  • Roses – yellow = jealousy, try to care.  In the USA = humble, domestic happiness
  • Roses – mauve = Love, Fantasy
  • Snapdragons = Deception, Gracious Lady, Let’s be impetuous
  • Stock = Lasting beauty, Promptness, bonds of affection
  • Sunflower = Pride, Sunshine, Power, Warmth, Nourishment.  In China = Longevity
  • Sweetpeas = Blissful pleasure, thank you for a lovely time, goodbye
  • Tulips = Love, passion, emblem of Holland
  • Tulips – red = Believe me, declaration of love
  • Tulips – yellow = sunshine in your smile, hopelessly and utterly in love