Flower Meanings

 Traditionally flowers have had a language of their own. In olden days when you gave a gift of flowers you were sending a secret message to the recipient. Some have kept that meaning – such as a red rose meaning love but many have long disappeared.

The Traditional Language of Some Favourite Flowers

Anemone Flower

Anemone

Anticipation or sincerity

Aster Flower

Aster

Elegance or daintiness

calla lily

Calla Lily

Beauty. White cala lilies symbolise purity

Daffodil

Daffodil

Rebirth, new beginnings

Daisy

Innocence, loyal love

Delphinium

Delphinium

Big heartedness, fun

Freesia

Freesia

Innocence, thoughtfulness

Gerbera

Cheerfulness

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Strength of character

Snapdragon

Graciousness, strength

Sunflower

Adoration, dedication

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Pleasure, bliss

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Heartfelt emotion

Jonquil

Jonquil

Love me

Larkspur

Larkspur

Levity

Lily

Lily

Purity, beauty

Peony

Peony

Beauty, compassion

Tulip

Perfect lover

Poppy

Poppy

Imagination

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Radiant charm

Carnation

Pride and beauty.
Red symbolises love,
Pink – I’ll never forget you.
White – Pure or loyal love.
Yellow – Slighted love

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Fidelity, optimism.
White symbolises truth.
Yellow – Slighted love

Rose

love. Red – I love you.
White – Innocent love,
Red and White mixed – Unity.
Yellow – Jealousy, lost love.
Pink – Perfect happiness.
Rosebuds – Young, innocent love

Hyacinth

Flower dedicated to the Greek god Apollo symbolising playfulness