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The Language of Flowers

A

Acacia – Beauty in retirement
Acorn – Nordic symbol of life and immortality
Agapanthis – Secret Love
Alstroemeria – Friendship
Amaryllis – Splendid beauty
Ambrosia – “Your live is returned”
Anemone – Sincerity; forsaken
Aster – Symbol of love
Azalea – “Take care of yourself”, Chinese symbol for womanhood

B

Bachelor’s Button – Single blessedness; hope in solitude
Begonia – Beware
Bird of Paradise – Joyfulness
Bouquet of Withered Flowers – Rejected love
Bouvardia, Double – Enthusiasm

C

Cactus – Endurance
Calladium – Great joy and delight
Camellia – Good luck gift for a man
Carnation – Fascination; love
Pink Carnation – “I’ll never forget you”
Red Carnation – “My heart aches for you”
Solid Carnation – “Yes”
Striped Carnation – “No, I cannot be with you” refusal
White Carnation – Sweet and lovely; good luck gift
Yellow Carnation – Rejection
Chrysanthemum – “You are a wonderful friend”, hope amid darkness
Crocus – Gladness

D

Daffodil – Respect; “The sun always shines when I am with you”
Dahlia – Instability, fickleness
Daisy – Loyal love, purity
Delphinium, Hybrid – Heavenly

E

F

Fern – Grace
Fleur de Lis – Flame; burning
Forget-Me-Not – True love; memories
Freesia – Trust

G

Gardenia – “You are lovely”, feminine grace
Geranium – Stupidity; folly
Gerbera Daisy – Purity
Gladiolus – “Give me a break”, natural grace

H

Heather – Admiration
Hyacinth – “I am sorry, please forgive me”, sorrow (general)
Hydrangea – “Thank you for understanding”

I

Iris – “Your friendship means a lot to me”, compliments; wisdom; faith and hope

J

Jasmine – Good luck, productivity
Jonquil – “Love me” sympathy

K

L

Lilac – Beauty
Lily (White) – Youth innocence
Calla Lily – Beauty
Day Lily – Emblem for motherhood (China)
Tiger Lily – Prosperity
Lotus – Estranged love

M

Magnolia – Nobility; dignity
Marigold – Grief

N

Narcissus – “Stay as sweet as you are”

O

Orchid – Ecstasy
Cattleya Orchid – Maturity; charm

P

Palm Leaves – Victory; success
Pansy – Merriment; unspoken communication between lovers (from French pensee, meaning thought)
Peony – Compassion, ability to keep a secret
Petunia – “Your Presence soothes me”, resentment; anger
Pine – Hope; pity
Poppy – Eternal sleep; oblivion
Primrose – “I cannot live without you”
Protea, King – Daring

Q

Queen Anne’s Lace – Sanctuary

R

Rose – Love
Pink Rose – Happiness
Red Rose – Passion; love
White Rose – Purity; innocence; love not just of the body, but of the soul
White & Red Roses – Unity
Yellow Rose – “I care”, friendship
Single Rose – “I still love you”
Rosemary – Remembrance

S

Snapdragon – Strength
Statice – Remembrance
Stephanotis – Happiness in marriage
Sunflower – Pride; sunshine
Sweet Pea – “Goodbye and thank you for a lovely time”, departure; lasting pleasure or careless luxury

T

Tulip – Perfect lover; luck; floral emblem of Holland
Red Tulip – Declaration of love
Yellow Tulip – “There is sunshine in your eyes” , declaration of utter and hopeless love

U

V

Violet – Virtue
Viscaria – “Dance with Me”

W

Wintergrass – Harmony
Wisteria – Welcome

X

Y

Yarrow – Healing

Z

Zinnia – Thinking (in memory) of an absent friend
Yellow Zinnia – Daily remembrance