Flowers speak the language of love. But, did you know that each different flower has its own specific meaning? The rose is a universal flower of love while a sunflower is known to represent positivity and joy.
Whether you want to present flowers to your significant others or send them to a friend, knowing what certain flowers represent will help you make the right choice. We’ve put together this brief guide on flower symbolism to help you out.
Do Flowers Really Have Meanings?
Flowers are considered to have special meanings in various cultures across the world. From mythology to spirituality to literature, flowers have been used to denote different meanings. The symbolism of flowers became much more prominent during the Victorian era when etiquette was crucial so flowers were used to express what one felt.
This language of flowers is called floriography.
Different types of flowers have different meanings, which further change based on the color of the flower’s petals. So, a pink rose will mean something different than a white one, despite both being roses.
Different Kinds Of Flower Symbolism
Level up your gift-giving by knowing the meanings of these different flowers; you may be missing out on the many symbolisms of these blooms.
Carnations are lovely blooms that are popularly used for celebrations. Often called “paper flowers,” you will find carnations in different colors, with each color representing a different meaning.
Red carnations, for example, stand for admiration, love, and pride, while pink carnations represent the love of a mother or a woman — loyal and robust. This is why in Korea, it is a tradition for children to give their parents a bunch of carnations during Parents’ Day.
Red carnations are also the national flower of Spain.
Purple carnations mean unpredictability, and white carnations symbolize pure and innocent love.
You’ll want to stay away from yellow carnations as they indicate disappointment and rejection as well as striped carnations as they symbolize refusal.
Nothing represents love better than a bouquet of roses. Roses not only symbolize romantic love but also love in different aspects of life.
They are undoubtedly one of the most popular flowers used to celebrate special occasions, including first dates, engagements, and other happy events.
Each rose color also bears different meanings. Here are some of the most common ones.
A strong and vibrant color, an orange rose stands for energy and passion. It can also represent aspiration, pride, and zeal.
Pink roses represent admiration, appreciation, and joy. While light pink roses represent sweetness and innocence, darker hues of pink roses symbolize gratitude.
White roses are often associated with sympathy and loss accompanied by new beginnings. These white buds also represent spirituality and modesty.
Romance has been deeply associated with red roses since time immemorial; they communicate strong feelings of desire, love, and passion. Red roses also represent courage and strength. You should also know that a single rosebud symbolizes beauty, and a red rose given without thorns is a silent message of being in love at first sight.
Joy and welcome are two messages expressed through yellow roses. They also stand for friendship and thoughtfulness.
Aloes only bloom for three, or a maximum of four, months every year. After their season, the bloom dries up.
This is not a common flower, and it is a revered symbol of good health, fortune, and beauty in its full bloom. And since it spends more months waiting for its time, it is a suitable representation of endurance and patience.
These fragrant, spring-flowering bulbs feature narrow and long leaves that are somewhat folded lengthwise. Hyacinths represent a playful attitude while simultaneously symbolizing pride, power, and constancy.
It is said that this flower is a favorite of Apollo, the sun god, because it represents beauty, commitment, and peace. You can also see this flower in Christian churches to provide that gentle whiff of happiness and warmth.
With their lovely white petals and yellow center, daisies are often associated with warmth, happiness, purity, and loyal love.
In Norse mythology, daisies were a favorite of Freya and represented the goddess. Thus, for Vikings, the flower symbolized childhood and motherhood, fertility, and sensuality.
While this flower is generally associated with joy, the meaning can also vary based on its color.
White daisies obviously represent purity and innocence, often used in wedding and newborn flower arrangements. Yellow daisies, on the other hand, stand for cheerfulness and friendship.
There are red and pink daisies, too, which represent love, although not as intimate and profound as a red rose would signify. It can be more associated with childlike and platonic appreciation.
When you see a daffodil, you know that spring is coming. These bright flowers are known to represent rebirth and new beginnings as well as renewal, creativity, inspiration, and forgiveness.
Since the name “daffodil” was derived from Narcissus, the Greek god so obsessed with his reflection that he drowned while trying to capture his own beautiful image, the flower is also closely linked to inner awareness and self-reflection.
There are also dark purple daffodils that are commonly linked to self-obsession and selfishness. White daffodils signify purity and the desire to end your vanity, whereas orange daffodils symbolize vigor and attraction to positive energies.
Today, this flower commonly has positive connotations, but back in medieval Europe, a dropping daffodil actually heralded death.
Hydrangeas, with their large blooms, are considered the ocean’s pearls. Native to Asia, hydrangeas were first cultivated in Japan and indicate happiness and affection.
They are also a man’s best friend when attempting to mend a broken heart. This flower is often used to soothe an aching heart resulting from distance or misunderstanding. If you want to express your love, there’s no better way than with the sincerity and pureness of the Hydrangea.
In some cultures, though, this flower symbolizes death and can often be seen at funerals. Hydrangeas come in different colors that have their own special meaning.
The most common is the blue hydrangea, which represents a message of apology, while the pink variety represents genuine affection for your loved ones. Purple hydrangea means abundance. The white hydrangeas, however, should be avoided unless you want to flaunt arrogance.
The delicate and graceful orchid makes a beautiful gift and exudes luxury and beauty. In Ancient Greece, these flowers were associated with masculinity. Greek women who were pregnant believed that if their baby’s father consumed large orchid tubers, the newborn would be a boy. Small orchid tubers consumed by the pregnant mother, however, would result in a baby girl.
Orchids always make an impression, more so than roses. It is almost an unspoken rule that roses are for general occasions, while orchids hold a higher status.
Orchids symbolize resilience. The flower endures and can last longer than any other floral gift. Orchids also come in different colors.
Red orchids represent strength, courage, passion, and desire. The graceful pink variety celebrates femininity and grace. If you want to express your simplicity, beauty, and elegance, opt for white orchids. Yellow orchids are reserved for new beginnings and friendship, while green and orange orchids represent good health, longevity, and enthusiasm.
You may see orchids in shades of blue but they are incredibly rare. If you do come across even the slightest hint of blue in an orchid, consider it a truly rare opportunity.
You know October and fall season is coming when marigolds are in abundance.
You may be more familiar with the name Mary’s gold for this flower due to the practice of early Christians placing flowers as offerings on Mary’s altar. Back then, coins were used as a form of homage, but for Mary, these flowers were used.
Additionally, marigolds also have symbolic roots in different cultures including Aztecs, Hinduism, and Buddhism as it is a symbol of the strength of the sun and light. It’s not surprising that the flower is associated with the sun given the fact that marigolds look so much like sun-kissed flowers with their yellow, orange, and orange-red blooms.
Even the rounded shape of these flowers resembles the sun, and when the sun is up, the petals seem to liven up even more. Marigold flowers are all associated with everything good. The yellow variants symbolize happiness and positivity, the orange marigolds represent strong positive emotions, and the orange-red ones indicate passion and deep love.