Language of Flowers

Tradition, fragrance, and beauty are obvious reasons to choose a flower bouquet ; but if you want to make every gesture count, then choose flowers with meanings that represent appropriate virtues or sentiments.

The language of flowers is century old and began with herbs that had ancient symbolic meaning in Chinese, Greek, Roman, Turkish, and Egyptian cultures. In the early 1600s, John Parkinson, a French herbalist and physician, gave meaning to diminutive nosegays of fragrant flowers and leaves. The tradition continued and by the Victorian era the art of sending symbolic messages by gifts of flowers, called florigraphy , was all the rage.

Many experts disagree on the "true meaning" of many flowers and most have different meanings to different people. But we all believe in flower power whatever message they convey. Here are some of the more traditional flower meanings,. See, if you agree, and remember, a gift of flowers for a special someone will always create its own personal meaning, too.

Anthurium Lover
Aster Elegance
Alium Strength
Agpanthus Love
Baby's breath Modesty of beauty
Broom Humility
Bells of Ireland Good Luck
Carnations Pure love
Carnation (Red) Admiration, Fascination
Carnations (White) Remembrance, Ardent Love, Good Luck
Carnation (Pink) Mother's/ Woman's Love
Camellia Longing for You
Chrysanthemum Cheerfulness, Supple and resistant
Chrysanthemum ( small)

Nothing is too small to merit its attention

Truth, Loyal Love
Slighted Love
Cornflower Delicacy
Calla Lily Magnificent Beauty
Daisy  ( Gerbera) Innocence, Frankness, Loyal Love
Deffodil Regard
Fern Fascination, sincerity
Forget-Me-Not True Love, Memories
Gladiolus Receptivity, Flower of the Gladiators
Hyacinth Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo
Hydrangea Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity,

Aristocracy of beauty - so perfect a form as to compel admiration

Ivy Friendship, fidelity, and marriage
Jasmine Purity, True purity is fragrant
Lily of vally Purity, peace, and return of happiness  You've Made My Life Complete
Lily ( Tiger)   Wealth , Pride
Lily (White) Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's   Heavenly to be with You
Lily (Yellow)

I'm Walking on Air

Lavender Devotion, acknowledgment of  love
Lady's lace

Purity - can only obtained by the absence of desires

Larksper Lightness
Lupin Dejection
Lotus Eloquence

The first string of love, light and graceful

Narcissus Self Admiration
Orchids Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
Prime rose Early youth
Poppy Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
Pine Hope, Pity
Palm Leaves Victory and Success
Rose Love and unity, Passion
Rose (red bud) You are young and beautiful
Rose (white) I am worthy of you, Integral love
Surrender, Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me, Gratitude, Admiration
Rose  (orange) Flaming love, Desire
(lavender or mauve)
Humility in love
(bicoloured roes)
Balance of nature in love
Rose (yellow) Joy, Freedom, Slighted Love
Rose (Red & White) Unity
Rose (Red & Yellow) Happiness
Rose (Single Red)     New Love
Stock Lasting beauty
Sweet Pea Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time
Tube Rose Strong, lasting and fragrant 
Tulip A declaration of love
Violet Faith and royalty
Zinnia Lasting Affection