Meaning of Flowers


Photo by Tori Rogers, Meaning of Flowers


ABUTILON Meditation


ACACIA (Rose or white) Elegance, friendship 


ACACIA (yellow) Secret love


ACANTHUS Artifice, fine arts


ACHILLEA  War


ACONITE Lustre, misanthropy


ADDER’S-TONGUE Jealousy


ADONIS Sad  memories


AGRIMONY Gratitude


ALLSPICE Compassion


ALMOND (common)  Indiscretion, perfidy


ALOE grief, misplaced devotion, religious superstition 


ALSTOREMERIA Devotion


ALTHEA Consumed by love


ALYSSYM (sweet)  Excellence beyond beauty, exemplary modesty


AMARANTH (coxcomb) Affectation,  pretension


AMARANTH (globe) Constant, unchangeable


AMARANTH Foppery,  immortality, pretension


AMARYLLIS Beautiful, timid, proud


AMBROSIA Love  returned


ANEMONE Fading hope


ANGELICA Inspiration, magic


APOCYNUM  Falsehood, figment, I doubt you


APPLE-BLOSSOM Preference


ARBORVITAE  (American) immortality


ARBORVITAE I never change, live for me


ARBUTUS  You only do I love


ASCLEPIAS Sorrowful remembrance


ASH Prudence, with me  you are safe


ASMINE (night-blooming) Love’s vigil


ASPEN Excess of  sensibility, fear


ASPHODEL Memorial sorrow, my regrets follow you to the grave


ASTER (China) Afterthoughts, love of variety


AURICULA (scarlet)  Pride


AURICULA Painting, wealth is not always happiness


AZALEA  Moderation, temperance, your blush has won me


BABY’S BREATH= Everlasting  love, innocence


BACHELOR’S BUTTON Devotion, hope, love, celibacy, delicacy 


BALM Social intercourse, sympathy


BALSAM Impatience


BARBERRY  Sharpness of temper


BASIL Hatred


BAY-LEAF I change but in death 


BABY’S BREATH Pure of heart


BAYBERRY Discipline, instruction


BEGONIA  Deformity


BELLFLOWER Constancy, gratitude, I wish to speak to you 


BELLWORT Hopelessness


BETONY Surprise


BILBERRY Treachery 


BITTERSWEET Truth, platonic love


BLACKTHORN Difficulty


BLUEBELL  Constancy, sorrowful regret


BLUEBOTTLE Delicacy


BLUETS Contentment 


BORAGE Bluntness, talent


BRAMBLE Holiness, remorse


BROOM Humility,  neatness


BRYONY Prosperity


BURDOCK Importunity


BUTTERCUP Riches 


BUTTERFLY-WEED Let me go


CACTUS Grandeur, warmth


CALLA LILY  Magnificent beauty


CALYCANTHUS Benevolence


CAMELLIA (Red) Unpretending  excellence, innate warmth, alas my poor heart


CAMELLIA (White) Perfected  loveliness, without blemish


CHAMOMILE Energy in adversity


CANDYTUFT  Indifference


CANTERBURY BELLS Gratitude, acknowledgment, obligation 


CARDINAL-FLOWER Distinction


CARNATION Fidelity, pure love


CARNATION  (PINK) Woman’s love, boldness


CARNATION (RED) Love


CARNATION (WHITE)=  Talent


CATALPA Beware of the coquette


CATCHFLY Pretended love, snare,  unchanging friendship


CATTLEYA Matronly grace, mature charms


CEDAR I  live but for thee, think of me


CELANDINE Joys to come


CENTAURY Delicacy 


CEREUS (night-blooming) Transient beauty


CHERRY-BLOSSOM Spiritual beauty 


CHESTNUT-BLOSSOM Do me justice


CHICKWEED Give an account of yourself,  rendezvous


CHICORY Frugality


CHRYSANTHEMUM or MUM- Wealth, abundance,  truth


CHRYSANTHEMUM (Chinese) Loveliness and cheerfulness


CHRYSANTHEMUM  (red) I love 


CHRYSANTHEMUM (white) Truth


CINERARIA Always delighted 


CISTUS Popular favor


CITRON natured beauty


CLEMATIS (evergreen)  Poverty


CLEMATIS Mental Beauty


CLIANTHUS -Self-seeking, worldliness 


CLOTBUR Rudeness


CLOVER (four-leafed) Be mine


CLOVER (white) Think  of me


CLOVES Dignity


COBAEA Gossip


COLTSFOOT Justice shall be done 


COLUMBINE Folly


CONVOLVULUS Uncertainty


CORCHORUS Return quickly


COREOPSIS Always cheerful


CORIANDER Hidden worth


CORN-BLOSSOM Riches 


CORN-COCKLE Peerless and proud


CORNEL Success crowned you


CORNFLOWER  Delicacy, refinement


COWSLIP Comeliness, winning grace, you are my divinity 


COXCOMB Foppery


CRABAPPLE-BLOSSOM Irritability


CRANBERRY Cure for  heartache


CREEPING CEREUS Modest genius


CRESS Power, stability 


CROCUS Abuse not, gladness, mirth, cheerfulness 


CROWFOOT Ingratitude 


CROWN IMPERIAL Arrogance, majesty, pride of birth


CURRANT Your frown  will destroy me


CUSCUTA Meanness


CYCLAMEN Diffidence


CYPRESS  Despair, mourning


DAFFODIL Deceitful, hope, unrequited love, regard 


DAHLIA Elegance and dignity, forever thine


DAISY (coloured) Beauty 


DAISY (Michaelmas) Farewell


DAISY (white wild) I will think of it 


DAISY Innocence, share your feelings


DANDELION Coquetry, love’s oracle 


DAPHNE Fame, glory


DARNEL Vice


DELPHINIUM  Swiftness, lightness 


DEW-PLANT Serenade


DIOSMA Your simple elegance charms me


DITTANY OF  CRETE (white) Passion


DOCK Patience


DODDER OF THYME Baseness


DOGBANE  Falsehood


DOGROSE Pleasure


DOGWOOD Forgetfulness, love undiminished by,  duration 


EGLANTINE Genius, I wound to heal, poetry, talent


ELDER  Compassion, zealousness


ENDIVE Frugality


ESCHSCHOLTZIA Do not refuse me 


EUPATORIUM Delay


EYEBRIGHT Cheer up F


ENNEL Strength, worthy of  praise


FERN Fascination, magic, sincerity


FIG Argument, I keep my secret 


FILBERT Reconciliation


FIR Time


FLAX Domestic industry, fate, I feel  your kindness


FLEUR-DE-LIS Message


FLOWER-OF-AN-HOUR Delicate beauty 


FLOWERING ALMOND Hope


FORGET-ME-NOT Constancy, true love, remember me 


FOUR-LEAFED CLOVER Be mine


FOUR-O’CLOCK Timidity


FOXGLOVE  Insincerity, stateliness, youth


FOXTAIL GRASS Sporting


FREESIA   Innocence


FUCHSIA Confiding love 


FUMITORY Spleen


FURZE Anger, love  for all occasions


GARDEN DAISY Share your sentiments


GARDENIA  Refinement, purity, joy


GENTIAN (closed) Sweet be thy dreams


GENTIAN  (fringed) I look to heaven


GERANIUM (dark) Melancholy


GERANIUM (fish)  Disappointed expectation


GERANIUM (horseshoe) Stupidity


GERANIUM (Ivy)  Favour


GERANIUM (lemon) Unexpected meeting


GERANIUM (nutmeg) Expected  meeting


GERANIUM (oak) True friendship


GERANIUM (pencilled) Ingenuity, 


GERANIUM (rose) Preference


GERANIUM (scarlet) Comforting, consolation 


GERANIUM (silver leafed) Recall


GERANIUM (wild) Steadfast piety 


GERANIUM Gentility, peaceful mind, true friendship


GILLYFLOWER Bonds of  affection, lasting beauty, she is fair


GLADIOLUS Ready-armed


GOLDENROD  Encouragement, precaution


GOOSEBERRY Anticipation


GRANDIFLORA  High-souled


GRAPE (wild) Charity, mirth


GRASS Submission


HANDFLOWER  Warning


HAREBELL Grief, submission


HARLEQUIN Laugh at trouble 


HAWKWEED Quick-sighted


HAWTHORN Hope


HAZEL Reconciliation, heart is  agitated


HEARTSEASE Modesty, pleasant thoughts, think of me


HEATH  Solitude


HELENIUM, Tears


HELIOTROPE Devotion, eagerness, intoxicated  with joy


HELLEBORE Calumny, scandal, calming


HEMLOCK You will cause my  death


HEMP Fate


HIBISCUS Delicate beauty


HOLLY Am I forgotten?,  domestic happiness, foresight


HOLLYHOCK Ambition, fruitfulness 


HONEY-FLOWER Love sweet and secret


HONEYSUCKLE (coral) Fidelity,  generous and devoted love, affection


HONEYSUCKLE Bonds of love


HOP  Injustice,


HORNBEAM Ornament


HORSE-CHESTNUT Luxury


HOUSELEEK  Domestic industry, vivacity


HOUSTONIA Contentment


HYACINTH (purple)  Jealousy, sorrow


HYACINTH (white) Modest loveliness


HYACINTH Constancy,  sport and play 


HYDRANGEA Boaster, heartlessness


HYSSOP Cleanliness 


ICE-PLANT Old Beau, rejected, your looks freeze me


IRIS (German) Aflame,  I burn adversity


IRIS Message, my compliments, eloquence, a message of  faith, wisdom


IVY Fidelity, friendship, marriage, wedded love 


JACOB’S-LADDER come down


JASMINE (cape) I am too happy


JASMINE  (Carolina) Separation


JASMINE (Indian) Attraction, I attach myself to you


JASMINE (PINK) I attach myself to you


JASMINE (Spanish) Sensuality 


JASMINE (white) Amiability


JASMINE (yellow) Grace and elegance 


JASMINE I am too happy


JONQUIL Can you return my love?, I desire a  return of your affection


JUDAS-TREE Betrayal, unbelief


KINGCUP Riches 


LABURNUM Forsaken, pensive beauty


LADY’S MANTLE  Comfort 


LADY’S  SLIPPER Capricious beauty, win and wear me


LADY’S SMOCK Ardor


LADY’S  THIMBLE Grief, submission


LADY’S-TRESSES Bewitching grace


LANTANA I am  unyielding


LAPAGERIA There is no unalloyed good


LARCH Audacity,  boldness.


LARKSPUR (pink) Fickleness


LARKSPUR (Purple) Haughtiness 


LAUREL (ground) Perseverance, token


LAUREL (mountain) Ambition 


LAUREL Perfidy, treachery


LAURESTINE I die if neglected


LAVENDER  Acknowledgment, distrust failure


LEAVES (dead) Sadness


LEMON Discretion 


LETTUCE Cold-hearted


LICHEN Dejection, refusal, solitude


LILAC  (purple) Fastidiousness, first love, first emotions of love


LILAC (white)  Youthful innocence


LILY (water) Purity of heart


LILY (calla) Maiden  modesty, beauty


LILY (day) Coquetry


LILY (frog) Disgust LILY (tiger) I  dare you to love me


LILY (white) Purity and sweetness


LILY (yellow)  Coquetry, falsehood, flirtation


LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY Perfect purity, return of  happiness


LINDEN Conjugal love


LIVE-OAK Liberty


LIVERWORT Confidence 


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