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50 Flower Meanings That May Surprise You

3 de november de 2023

Who doesn’t love receiving a bouquet of fresh flowers on Valentine’s Day? They’re a simple and classic reminder that someone is thinking about you. But, have you ever stopped to consider what those beautiful blooms actually mean? Is your sweetheart sending you a hidden message? It turns out that daisies, orchids, roses, and lilies all mean something quite different. In fact, some flowers even have negative connotations. So, be careful when choosing your Valentine’s Day blossoms, folks, because a rose is not simply a rose.


Perfect for the fresh and unguarded couple, daisies are the flower of innocence.

Calla Lily

White Calla Lily Bouquet

This gorgeous, white bloom symbolizes magnificence and beauty. It can also mean purity and rebirth—which is why the calla lily is so popular during the Easter season.


Pink and White Camellias

Faithfulness is the meaning behind this popular flower. If your sweetheart gives you a camellia this Valentine’s Day, he’s in it for the long haul.


White Gardenia

This precious bloom represents joy and sweetness. If you receive this flower, your Valentine thinks you’re perfectly lovely in every way.


Blue and Purple Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are the flowers of apology, so if he forgot Valentine’s Day, you should expect a bouquet of these beauties on February 15th.



Representative of youthful bliss, these purple blooms are perfect for the couple whose love hasn’t aged a day.



Because of their appearance in religious ceremonies throughout history, these delicate blooms say «pray for me».


Bell of Barmera Dahlia

Have a friend who is feeling down, and you want to remind her of her strength and beauty? Give her dahlias, flowers that stand out in a crowd, just like your bestie.


Pink Amaryllis Flower

The amaryllis is often said to represent splendid beauty, and it’s also meant to indicate worth beyond physical beauty. So, if you’re gifted with this flower, it’s truly something special.


Bunch of Pink Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum is the flower of optimism. It’s easy to be positive when you’re in love.


Pink Roses

A rose simply represents love, so it’s the most classic choice for Valentine’s day. Saying «I love you» never goes out of style.



If you receive purple clematis, you admirer holds you in high esteem: the color of the flower and its ability to climb to great heights symbolizes royalty.


New Rhododendrons for the South

This stunning bloom actually has a negative connotation; it means «beware».


Chelsea Flower Show

This is a sweet one—larkspur symbolizes first love.


Blossoming Pink Peony

This stunning, pink bloom symbolizes compassion, and it can represent a great marriage and happy life.


Field of Ranunculus

Perfect for the Southern woman, ranunculus is often said to mean radiant charm.


Field of Sunflowers

Symbolizing adoration and delicate love, the sunflower is a brilliant choice for Valentine’s Day.


Pink Cosmos Flower

The definition of the Greek word kosmos is harmony or order, and the cosmos» beautifully fringed petals and hues of pink, white, and lavender radiate harmony.


Yellow Daffodil

Often associated with regard and chivalry, daffodils are the gentleman’s flower.

Sweet Pea

Purple Sweet Pea

Sweet pea is the flower of bliss; give it to someone who makes you happy, happy, happy.


White Magnolia Flower

Magnolias symbolize nobility, so if your sweetheart presents you with this fragrant, white flower, chances are he’ll treat you like a queen.


Poppy Flowers in Vase

These glorious yet fragile flowers are a symbol of remembrance, especially when honoring wartime sacrifice.


Pink and White Speckled Orchid

Orchids represent rare and exotic beauty; give this to the person who is truly one of a kind.



Popularized by the relaxing tea blend, Chamomile actually means «energy in adversity».



These dainty, yellow flowers look quite lovey, but they have a darker meaning: «I declare war on you.»

Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

This flower says «please forgive me». Sometimes, a simple apology is all it takes to repair a relationship.



Perhaps one of the most fragrant blooms, this gorgeous flower symbolizes devotion.



This bright and cheery bloom represents encouragement.


Anise Hyssop

The hyssop symbolizes sacrifice, and it’s no secret that with great love comes great sacrifice.


Forget Me Not

The name says it all. This flower beckons its recipient to forget-me-not!

Purple Iris

Bearded Iris

Representing wisdom and respect, giving this bloom is a bold statement indeed.


Pansies in Pot

The pansy is said to symbolize thoughtfulness and remembrance, which is why they are so popular on Veteran’s Day.


Orange nasturtium

Although nasturtium is technically not a Valentine’s Day flower, the bright bloom holds a special meaning: patriotism.


Spring Garden Flowers:

Just when you thought the rose was the most meaningful flower, the heliotrope steals the show; it means eternal love.


Yellow Hollyhock Blooms

Don’t let its frilly appearance fool you, this flower means «ambition.»


Lily of the Valley

These dainty little bulbs carry the tender message of sweetness.

Yellow Rose


A yellow rose is meant to symbolize warm feelings of friendship. So, while it’s a beautiful flower, it is probably not the best choice for Valentine’s Day.



This dainty blue bloom holds a special meaning, blessing.


Pink Zinnia Blooms

Long-lasting affection is the beautiful meaning behind this cheery bloom.

Black-Eyed Susan

Getty Black Eyed Susan with Bee

While the name of this yellow beauty is a bit odd, the meaning is something special: justice.


Winter Honeysuckle

This fragrant flower is said to represent the bonds of love.

Red Tulip

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A great alternative to the classic rose, red tulips are a bold declaration of love.

Morning Glory

Bush Morning Glory

You should feel very special if you are gifted with a morning glory on Valentine’s Day because they represent affection.



Your sweetheart could be trying to send a message with this flower; it means readiness.

White Clover

White Clover

The white clover is often seen as a wish for good luck and great energy. A welcomed gift, indeed!



If you get a bouquet of echinacea, you can feel good about the future of yourself and your relationship: the flower symbolizes strength and health.

White Jasmine

Madagascar Jasmine

The fragrance of the white jasmine is almost as lovely as its meaning: sweet love.

Purple Crocus

Autumn Crocus

The purple crocus is one of the first signs that spring is near, so it makes sense that the blossom represents youthful happiness.


Chelsea Flower Show

Simplicity is key. This dainty, yellow flower simply represents love.

Red Carnations


Color means everything when it comes to carnations. White means «sweet and lovely,» while red says «I will never forget you,» but yellow symbolizes disdain. Be careful with this bloom!