As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language of their own. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by these delicate blooms. Of course, even the experts disagree on the "true meaning" of many flowers and most have different meanings to different people. So, while all flowers convey thoughtfulness and love, here are some of the more traditional flower meanings, according to one source. See, if you agree. And, remember, a gift of flowers for a special someone will always create its own personal meaning, too.

  • ACACIA - Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love
  • AMBROSIA - Your Love is Reciprocated
  • AMARYLLIS - Pride, Pastoral Poetry
  • ANEMONE - Forsaken
  • ARBUTUS - Thee Only Do I Love
  • ASTER - Symbol of Love, Daintiness
  • AZALEA - Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
  • BACHELOR BUTTON - Single Blessedness
  • BEGONIA - Beware
  • BELLS OF IRELAND - Good Luck
  • BITTERSWEET - Truth
  • BLUEBELL - Humility
  • CACTUS - Endurance
  • CAMELLIA (PINK) - Longing for you
  • CAMELLIA (RED) - You're a Flame in My Heart
  • CAMELLIA (WHITE) - You're Adorable
  • CARNATION (GENERAL) - 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 and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman's Good Luck Gift
  • CARNATION (YELLOW) - You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
  • CATTAIL - Peace, Prosperity
  • CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) - You're a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
  • CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE) - Truth
  • CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW) - Slighted Love
  • CROCUS - Cheerfulness
  • CYCLAMEN - Resignation and Good-bye
  • DAFFODIL - Regard, Unrequited 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
  • FERN - Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter
  • FIR - Time
  • FLAX - Domestic Symbol
  • FORGET-ME-NOT - True Love, Memories
  • FORSYTHIA - Anticipation
  • GARDENIA - You're Lovely, Secret Love
  • GERANIUM - Stupidity, Folly
  • GLADIOLI- Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
  • GLOXINIA - Love at First Sight
  • 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
  • JONQUIL - Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned
  • LARKSPUR (PINK) - Fickleness
  • 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
  • MONKSHOOD - 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
  • OLEANDER - Caution
  • ORANGE BLOSSOM - Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
  • ORANGE MOCK - Deceit
  • ORCHID - Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
  • ORCHID (CATTLEYA) - Mature Charm
  • PALM LEAVES - Victory and Success
  • PEONY - Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage
  • PETUNIA - Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me
  • PINE - Hope, Pity
  • POPPY (GENERAL) - Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
  • POPPY (RED) - POPPY (WHITE) - Consolation
  • POPPY (YELLOW) - Wealth, Success
  • PRIMROSE - I Can't Live Without You
  • PRIMROSE (EVENING) - Inconstancy
  • ROSE (BRIDAL) - Happy 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 (YELLOW) - Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
  • ROSEBUD - Beauty and Youth, 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
  • 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 Lovely Time
  • TULIP (GENERAL) - Perfect Lover, Frame, 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 True
  • VIOLET (WHITE) - Let's Take a Chance
  • ZINNIA (MAGENTA) - Lasting Affection
  • ZINNIA (MIXED) - Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend
  • ZINNIA (SCARLET) - Constancy
  • ZINNIA (WHITE) - Goodness
  • ZINNIA (YELLOW) - Daily Remembrance

Source: AFS, Teleflora, and 1-800-FLORALS


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