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 flower 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



BLUEBELL - Humility


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  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


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


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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