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The Meanings of Flowers

As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language of their own. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by these fragile blooms. Of course, even the experts disagree on the "true meaning" of many flowers and most have different meanings to different people. So, while all flowers convey thoughtfulness and love, here are some of the more traditional meanings, according to one source. See, if you agree.

Acacia

  • Concealed love

  • Beauty in retirement

  • Chaste love

Ambrosia

  • Your love is reciprocated

Amaryllis

  • Pride

  • Pastoral poetry

Anemone

  • Forsaken

Arbutus

  • Thee only do I love

Aster

  • Symbol of love

  • Daintiness

Azalea

  • Take care of yourself for me

  • Temperance

  • Fragile Passion

  • Chinese symbol of womanhood

Bachelor Button

  • Single blessedness

Begonia

  • Beware

Bells of Ireland

  • Good luck

Bittersweet

  • Truth

Bluebell/H4>

  • Humility

Cactus

  • Endurance

Camellia (pink)

  • Longing for you

Camellia (red)

  • You're a flame in my heart

Camellia (white)

  • You're adorable

Carnation (general)

  • Fascination

  • Woman love

Carnation (pink)

  • I'll never forget you

Carnation (red)

  • My heart aches for you

  • Admiration

Carnation (purple)

  • Capriciousness

Carnation (solid colour)

  • Yes

Carnation (striped)

  • No

  • Refusal

  • Sorry I can't be with you

  • Wish I could be with you

Carnation (white)

  • Sweet and lovely

  • Innocence

  • Pure love

  • Woman's good luck gift

Carnation (yellow)

  • You have disappointed me

  • Rejection

Cattail

  • Peace

  • Prosperity

Chrysanthemum (general)

  • You're a wonderful friend

  • Cheerfulness and rest

Chrysanthemum (white)

  • Truth

Chrysanthemum (yellow)

  • Slighted love

Crocus

  • Cheerfulness

Cyclamen

  • Resignation and good-bye

Daffodil

  • Regard

  • Unrequited love

  • You're the only one

  • The sun is always shining when I am with you

Daisy

  • Innocence

  • Loyal love

  • I'll never tell

  • Purity

Dandelion

  • Faithfulness

  • Happiness

Fern

  • Magic

  • Fascination

  • Confidence and shelter

Fir

  • Time

Flax

  • Domestic symbol

Forget-me-not

  • True love

  • Memories

Forsythia

  • Anticipation

Gardenia

  • You're lovely

  • Secret love

Geranium

  • Stupidity

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    Folly

Gladiolus

  • Give me a break

  • I'm really sincere

  • Flower of gladiators

Gloxinia

  • Love at first sight

Heather (lavender)

  • Admiration

  • Solitude

Heather (white)

  • Protection

  • Wishes will come true

Holly

  • Defense

  • Domestic happiness

Hyacinth (general)

  • Games and sports

  • Rashness

  • Flower dedicated to Apollo

Hyacinth (blue)

  • Constancy

Hyacinth (purple)

  • I am sorry

  • Please forgive me

  • Sorrow

Hyacinth (red or pink)

  • Play

Hyacinth (white)

  • Loveliness

  • I'll pray for you

Hyacinth (yellow)

  • Jealousy

Hydrangea

  • Thank you for understanding

  • Frigidity

  • Heartlessness

Iris

  • Fleur-de-lis

  • Emblem of France

  • Your friendship means so much to me

  • Faith

  • Hope

  • Wisdom and valour

  • My compliments

Ivy

  • Wedded love

  • Fidelity

  • Friendship

  • Affection

Jonquil

  • Love me

  • Affection returned

  • Desire

  • Sympathy

  • Desire for affection returned

Larkspur (pink)

  • Fickleness

Lily (white)

  • Virginity

  • Purity

  • Majesty

  • It's heavenly to be with you

Lily (yellow)

  • I'm walking on air

  • False and gay

Lily (Calla)

  • Beauty

Lily (Day)

  • Coquetry

  • Chinese emblem for mother

Lily (Eucharis)

  • Maiden charms

Lily (Tiger)

  • Wealth

  • Pride

Lily of the Valley

  • Sweetness

  • Tears of the Virgin Mary

  • Return to happiness

  • Humility

  • You've made my life complete

Magnolia

  • Nobility

Marigold

  • Cruelty

  • Grief

  • Jealousy

Mistletoe

  • Kiss me

  • Affection

  • To surmount difficulties

  • Sacred plant of India

Monkshood

  • Beware

  • A deadly foe is near

Moss

  • Maternal love

  • Charity

Myrtle

  • Love

  • Hebrew emblem of marriage

Narcissus

  • Egotism

  • Formality

  • Stay as sweet as you are

Nasturtium

  • Conquest

  • Victory in battle

Oleander

  • Caution

Orange Blossom

  • Innocence

  • Eternal love

  • Marriage and fruitfulness

Orange Mock

  • Deceit

Orchid

  • Love

  • Beauty

  • Refinement

  • Beautiful lady

  • Chinese symbol for many children

Orchid (Cattleya)

  • Mature charm

Palm Leaves

  • Victory and success

Peony

  • Shame

  • Happy life

  • Happy marriage

Petunia

  • Resentment

  • Anger

  • Your presence sooths me

Pine

  • Hope

  • Pity

Poppy (general)

  • Eternal sleep

  • Oblivion

  • Imagination

Poppy (red)

  • Pleasure

Poppy (white)

  • Consolation

Poppy (yellow)

  • Wealth

  • Success

Primrose

  • I can't live without you

Primrose (Evening)

  • Inconstancy

Rose (Bridal)

  • Happy love

Rose (dark crimson)

  • Mourning

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Rose (hibiscus)

  • Delicate beauty

Rose (leaf)

  • You may hope

Rose (pink)

  • Perfect happiness

  • Please believe me

Rose (red)

  • Love

  • I love you

Rose (tea)

  • I'll remember always

Rose (thornless)

  • Love at first sight

Rose (white)

  • Innocence and purity

  • I am worthy of you

  • You're heavenly

  • Secrecy and silence

Rose (white and red mixed)

  • Unity

  • Flower emblem of England

Rose (white, dried)

  • Death is preferable to loss of virtue

Rose (yellow)

  • Decrease of love

  • Jealousy

  • Try to care

Rosebud

  • Beauty and youth

  • A heart innocent of love

Rosebud (red)

  • Pure and lovely

Rosebud (white)

  • Girlhood

Rosebud (moss)

  • Confessions of love

Roses (bouquet of mature blooms)

  • Gratitude

Roses (single full bloom)

  • I love you

  • I still love you

Smilax

  • Loveliness

Snapdragon

  • Deception

  • Gracious lady

Spider Flower

  • Elope with me

Stephanotis

  • Happiness in marriage

  • Desire to travel

Stock

  • Bonds of affection

  • Promptness

  • You'll always be beautiful to me

Sweetpea

  • Good-bye

  • Departure

  • Blissful pleasure

  • Thank you for a lovely time

Tulip (general)

  • Perfect lover

  • Frame

  • Flower emblem of Holland

Tulip (red)

  • Believe me

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    Declaration of love

Tulip (variegated)

  • Beautiful eyes

Tulip (yellow)

  • There's sunshine in your smile

Violet

  • Modesty

Violet (blue)

  • Watchfulness

  • Faithfulness

  • I'll always be true

Violet (white)

  • Let's take a chance

Zinnia (magenta)

  • Lasting affection

Zinnia (mixed)

  • Thinking (or in memory) of an absent friend

Zinnia (scarlet)

  • Constancy

Zinnia (white)

  • Goodness

Zinnia (yellow)

  • Daily remembrance

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