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Flower Meanings

Flower Meanings






An A-Z list of flowers & their traditional attributes

If you want to choose a flower as the theme for the handmade greeting card you are making, you can use this table to select the most appropriate flower for the person that the card is for.




Flower Name Meaning Flower Name Meaning
ACACIA Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love LILY (TIGER) Wealth, Pride
AMBROSIA Your Love is Reciprocated LILY OF THE VALLEY Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You've Made My Life Complete
AMARYLLIS Pride, Pastoral Poetry MAGNOLIA Nobility
ANEMONE Forsaken MARIGOLD Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
ARBUTUS Thee Only Do I Love MISTLETOE Kiss me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India
ASTER Symbol of Love, Daintiness MONKSHOOD Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near
AZALEA Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood MOSS Maternal Love, Charity
BACHELOR BUTTON Single Blessedness MYRTLE Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage
BEGONIA Beware NARCISSUS Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are
BELLS OF IRELAND Good Luck NASTURTIUM Conquest, Victory in Battle

BLUEBELL Humility ORANGE BLOSSOM Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
CAMELLIA (PINK) Longing for you ORCHID Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
CAMELLIA (RED You're a Flame in My Heart ORCHID (CATTLEYA) Mature Charm
CAMELLIA (WHITE) You're Adorable PALM LEAVES Victory and Success
CARNATION (GENERAL) Fascination, Woman Love PEONY Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage
CARNATION (PINK) I'll Never Forget You  PETUNIA Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me
CARNATION (RED) My Heart Aches For You, Admiration PINE Hope, Pity
CARNATION (PURPLE) Capriciousness POPPY (GENERAL) Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
CARNATION (STRIPED) No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You POPPY (WHITE) Consolation
CARNATION (WHITE) Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman's Good Luck Gift POPPY (YELLOW) Wealth, Success
CARNATION (YELLOW) You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection PRIMROSE I Can't Live Without You
CATTAIL Peace, Prosperity PRIMROSE (EVENING) Inconstancy
CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) You're a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest ROSE (BRIDAL) Happy Love
CROCUS Cheerfulness ROSE (LEAF) You May Hope
CYCLAMEN Resignation and Good-bye ROSE (PINK) Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
DAFFODIL Regard, Unrequited Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I'm with You ROSE (RED) Love, I Love You
DAISY Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity ROSE (TEA) I'll Remember Always
DANDELION Faithfulness, Happiness ROSE (THORNLESS) Love at First Sight
FERN Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter ROSE (WHITE) Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence
FIR Time ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED) Unity, Flower Emblem of England
FLAX Domestic Symbol ROSE (WHITE-DRIED) Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue
FORGET-ME-NOT True Love, Memories ROSE (YELLOW) Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
FORSYTHIA Anticipation ROSEBUD Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love
GARDENIA You're Lovely, Secret Love ROSEBUD (RED) Pure and Lovely
GERANIUM Stupidity, Folly ROSEBUD (WHITE) Girlhood
GLADIOLI Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators ROSEBUD (MOSS) Confessions of Love
GLOXINIA Love at First Sight ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms) Gratitude
HEATHER (LAVENDER) Admiration, Solitude ROSES (Single Full Bloom) I Love You, I Still Love You
HEATHER (WHITE) Protection, Wishes Will Come True SMILAX Loveliness
HOLLY Defence, Domestic Happiness SNAPDRAGON Deception, Gracious Lady
HYACINTH (GENERAL) Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo STEPHANOTIS Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel
HYACINTH (BLUE Constancy STOCK Bonds of Affection, Promptness, You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me
HYACINTH (PURPLE) I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow SWEETPEA Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time
HYACINTH (RED OR PINK) Play TULIP (GENERAL) Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland
HYACINTH (WHITE) Loveliness, I'll Pray for You TULIP (RED) Believe Me, Declaration of Love
HYDRANGEA Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness TULIP (YELLOW) There's Sunshine in Your Smile
IRIS Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom & Valour, My Compliments VIOLET Modesty
IVY Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection VIOLET (BLUE) Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I'll Always Be True
JONQUIL Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned VIOLET (WHITE) Let's Take a Chance
LARKSPUR (PINK) Fickleness ZINNIA (MAGENTA) Lasting Affection
LILY (WHITE) Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You ZINNIA (MIXED) Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend
LILY (YELLOW) I'm Walking on Air, False and Gay ZINNIA (SCARLET) Constancy
LILY (DAY) Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother ZINNIA (YELLOW) Daily Remembrance
LILY (EUCHARIS) Maiden Charms