As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language of their own. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by these fragile blooms, and as a leading psychologist states . . . . "Flowers are a perfect replica of human life" . . . . planting . . . growth . . . . bloom . . . . withering

This is one version of the meaning of flowers, there are many different versions from several countries some with completely different meanings. This one is fairly comprehensive and one that is commonly used in North America.

Several flowers listed below are not normally available in North American flower shops and others are very seasonal. Even flowers that are listed as Year round may not be available on any given day!  Please don't expect that any given florist has these flowers in stock.

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  • ACACIA BLOSSOM - Concealed Love; Beauty in Retirement;  Chaste Love

  • ACORN - Nordic Symbol of Life and immortality

  • 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

  • BOUQUET OF WITHERED FLOWERS Rejected Love

  • CACTUS - Endurance

  • CAMELLIA  Admiration; Perfection; Good Luck, Gift to a Man

  • CAMELLIA  Pink - Longing for You

  • CAMELLIA  Red - You're a Flame in My Heart

  • CAMELLIA White - You're Adorable

  • CANDY TUFT - Indifference

  • CARNATION  General - Fascination; Divine Love

  • CARNATION  Pink - I'll Never Forget You CARNATION, Purple - Capriciousness

  • CARNATION  Red - My Heart Aches for You; Admiration

  • CARNATION  Solid Colour - Yes

  • CARNATION  Striped - No; Refusal; Sorry I Can't Be with You: Wish l 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  Red - I Love

  • CHRYSANTHEMUM  White - Truth

  • CHRYSANTHEMUM  Yellow - Slighted Love

  • COREOPSIS - Always Cheerful

  • 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

  • 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

  • GLADIOLUS - 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 Valour; 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 Calla - Beauty

  • LILY Day - Coquetry; Chinese Emblem for Mothers

  • LILY  Eucharis - Maiden Charms

  • LILY  Orange - Hatred

  • LILY Tiger - Wealth; Pride

  • LILY White - Virginity; Purity; Majesty; It's Heavenly to Be with You

  • LILY  Yellow - I'm Walking on Air; False and Gay

  • LILY-0F-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

  • 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

  • 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

  • ORCHID  Cattleya - Mature Charm

  • PALM LEAVES - Victory and Success

  • PEONY - Shame; Gay 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  Yellow - Wealth; Success

  • PRIMROSE - I Can't Live Without You

  • PRIMROSE - Evening - Inconstancy

  • ROSE  Bridal - Happy Love

  • ROSE  Christmas - Tranquilize My Anxiety; Anxiety

  • ROSE  Coral - Desire

  • ROSE  Damask - Persian Ambassador of Love

  • ROSE  Dark Crimson - Mourning

  • ROSE  Dark Pink - Thankfulness

  • ROSE  Lavender - Enchantment

  • ROSE LEAF - You May Hope

  • ROSE  Orange - Fascination

  • ROSE  Pale Peach - Modesty

  • ROSE  Pale Pink - Grace, Joy

  • ROSE  Red - Love, Respect

  • ROSE  Single Full Bloom - I Love You; I Still Love You

  • ROSE  Tea - I'll Remember; Always

  • ROSE Thorn less - Love at First Sight

  • ROSE  White - Innocence and Secrecy

  • ROSE  White and Red Together - Unity White on Red Together - Flower Emblem of England

  • ROSE Yellow - Joy, Friendship

  • ROSEBUD - Beauty and Youth; A Heart Innocent of Love

  • ROSEBUD  Moss - Confessions of Love

  • ROSEBUD  Red - Pure and Lovely

  • ROSEBUD  White - Girlhood

  • ROSES  Bouquet of Full Bloom - Gratitude

  • ROSES  Garland or Crown of - Reward of Merit; Crown Symbol of Superior Merit

  • ROSES  Musk Cluster - Charming

  • 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 - Good-bye; Departure; Blissful Pleasure; Thank You for a Lovely Time

  • 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 True

  • VIOLET White - Let's Take a Chance on Happiness

  • VISCARIA -Will You Dance with Me?

  • ZINNIA Magenta - Lasting Affection

  • ZINNIA Mixed - Thinking (or in Memory) of an Absent Friend

  • ZINNIA Scarlet - Constancy

  • ZINNIA White - Goodness

  • ZINNIA Yellow - Daily Remembrance


 
 
 
 



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