Flower Symbols and Meanings

You may already know that colors can have strong significance or can give us a certain “feeling” or emotion, but flowers can, too! Whether you’re looking for the perfect blossom to symbolize a message to a loved one, or you’re decorating for a particular event and want something meaningful, take a look at the following flower symbols and meanings to find the right one for you.

An Unspoken Language

Even since ancient times, flowers have been used to speak to others in a way without saying a word. In some cases, even the way they were presented could symbolize an answer or response: using the right hand to give a flower could mean “yes”, while the left hand could mean “no”. Although times have changed, we still often use flowers to evoke certain feelings in others we care for.

Flowers for Love

Roses are a traditional favorite for this meaning, but they aren’t the only ones! Carnations, gardenias, jasmine, and tulips are all other flowers that also represent love in one way or another. Carnations in particular also have various symbols depending on the color presented: while a red carnation says “my heart aches for you,” a white carnation means “innocence” or “pure love”.

“Happy” Flowers

Want to find blooms that symbolize words like happy, cheerful, or sunshine? Here are some great options to consider:

  • Chrysanthemum: cheerfulness
  • Marjoram: joy and happiness
  • Peony: happy life, happy marriage
  • Pink rose: happiness
  • Yellow tulip: sunshine
  • Sunflowers: sunshine, warmth

Flowers for Mourning

The following options may be the right choice for a funeral, memorial service or for someone who is grieving:

  • Lily: innocence, purity, sympathy
  • Pink carnation: remembrance
  • Dark crimson rose: grief, sorrow
  • All-white bouquet: purity, humility, loyalty

Springtime or Baby Showers

Planning an event to celebrate the warmer weather? Or wanting to shower your expectant friend or family member? Bird of paradise, daffodils, daisies and other springtime flowers are all great symbols of birth, renewal, and hope.

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