9 things to know about the meaning of flowers

Flowers provide a fascinating form of communication. They can tell you what they want to say, even if their petals are closed shut! Some plants like roses and lilies have color-based emotions that change depending on the specific hue: red is for heartache; pink means “I’ll never forget you”; purple conveys capriciousness; all white flowers mean “the way I feel about you.”

Flowers are the most beautiful form of communication. There is a connection between color and meaning, which can be traced back to ancient times when flowers were used in rituals across all parts of the medieval world. Roses have been interpreted as both an expression for love or sympathy depending on their hue; lilies stand out boldly against any background with hints at majesty while poppies could symbolize death because they bloomed during wartime from dropped seeds carried by wind currents off-shore battleships

In order to make this passage more interesting, creative, and engaging I will summarize it so that we learn about how flower colors hold different meanings: some being expressions for love/sympathy but also having other associations such as representing anger (red), capricious

  • White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, a new beginning, a fresh start.
  • Red rose: love, I love you
  • Deep, dark crimson rose: mourning
  • Pink rose: grace, happiness, gentleness
  • Yellow rose: jealousy, infidelity
  • Orange rose: desire and enthusiasm
  • Lavender rose: love at first sight
  • Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy
[1], [2]

Discover the surprising, and sometimes scandalous, meanings of flowers by watching this video!

Meaning of Wedding Flowers

The royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) featured a bouquet with fragrant lily-of-the-valley for trustworthiness and purity. In the center were sweet williams which represent gallantry while hyacinth flowers on the side show loveliness. Myrtle rounds out this beautiful all white arrangement as it is meant to symbolize happiness in marriage. [2]

The groom wears a flower as well, mimicking the bride’s bouquet. It is said that wearing this symbol of love in his button-hole stems back to Medieval times when knights would don their lady’s colors to declare themselves her knight and suitor for life. [1]

Some Weird Flower Meanings


While many people think of the azalea as an annual blossoming plant, it can also have many more meanings if given in a get well basket such as take care of yourself for me and temperance or as a plant for an incoming child since it can also mean fragile passion and is the Chinese symbol of womanhood. 


The bright full blooms of the camellia flower in general convey gratitude and love which is why you will commonly find them in Thank You floral bouquets and Valentine Day and/or anniversary flower arrangements. However, the specific color can convey an even more specific meaning if you choose the pink to represent your longing, red to tell someone ‘you are a flame in my heart’, or simply white to say ‘you’re adorable.’ 


There is a reason why a carnation is often found in many bouquets for woman, because they symbolize fascination and deep friendship among woman.


The pink, purple, and red light shades of the cyclamen flower will generally light up a bouquet, even if their meaning is a feeling of resignation or sorrow. 


A bright yellow daisy is often thought of as a simple pleasure to look at, so it is not surprising that its actually meaning makes it quite virtuous, as it stands for innocence, loyal love, ‘I’ll Never Tell’, and purity.

flower meanings infographic
Source: almanac.com

Who Invented the Meaning of Flowers (floriography)?

It was fitting that the renowned poet-adventurer, aristocrat, and feminist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu introduced floriography to Britain in 1717. Without her grit or passionate for this art form it would not exist as we know it today – she is largely responsible for its origins. Married to a British ambassador stationed at Turkey from 1716 until his death there in January of 1806, Lady Montague saw Floriography flourish under both their supervision with help of influential connections back home on high society’s elite social circles where they were well regarded members. As these two traveled through Istanbul together learning about all things floral while endlessly documenting conversations between themselves like some sort of secret garden diary only accessible by those involved. [4]


Meaning of Flower of Life

The Flower of Life is a geometric symbol that consists of nineteen circles. These symbols are all perfectly symmetrical, like the perfect flowers in bloom after rain. Some variations have as few as seven overlapping circles so there’s more than one way to create this beautiful design with different complexities and sizes for you!

The Flower of Life symbol is believed to represent the cycle of creation, starting with a single circle. All life comes from this singular source and it’s depicted in how everything created looks like an extension or variation on that first pattern. It’s said there are secrets encoded within the symbols which hold significant patterns for all living beings across time and space

flower of life image
Image Attribution: TomRuen

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