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.
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.
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.
This precious bloom represents joy and sweetness. If you receive this flower, your Valentine thinks you’re perfectly lovely in every way.
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».
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.
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.
Chrysanthemum is the flower of optimism. It’s easy to be positive when you’re in love.
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.
This stunning bloom actually has a negative connotation; it means «beware».
This is a sweet one—larkspur symbolizes first love.
This stunning, pink bloom symbolizes compassion, and it can represent a great marriage and happy life.
Perfect for the Southern woman, ranunculus is often said to mean radiant charm.
Symbolizing adoration and delicate love, the sunflower is a brilliant choice for Valentine’s Day.
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.
Often associated with regard and chivalry, daffodils are the gentleman’s flower.
Sweet pea is the flower of bliss; give it to someone who makes you happy, happy, happy.
Magnolias symbolize nobility, so if your sweetheart presents you with this fragrant, white flower, chances are he’ll treat you like a queen.
These glorious yet fragile flowers are a symbol of remembrance, especially when honoring wartime sacrifice.
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.»
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.
The hyssop symbolizes sacrifice, and it’s no secret that with great love comes great sacrifice.
The name says it all. This flower beckons its recipient to forget-me-not!
Representing wisdom and respect, giving this bloom is a bold statement indeed.
The pansy is said to symbolize thoughtfulness and remembrance, which is why they are so popular on Veteran’s Day.
Although nasturtium is technically not a Valentine’s Day flower, the bright bloom holds a special meaning: patriotism.
Just when you thought the rose was the most meaningful flower, the heliotrope steals the show; it means eternal love.
Don’t let its frilly appearance fool you, this flower means «ambition.»
These dainty little bulbs carry the tender message of sweetness.
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.
Long-lasting affection is the beautiful meaning behind this cheery bloom.
While the name of this yellow beauty is a bit odd, the meaning is something special: justice.
This fragrant flower is said to represent the bonds of love.
A great alternative to the classic rose, red tulips are a bold declaration of love.
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.
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.
The fragrance of the white jasmine is almost as lovely as its meaning: sweet love.
The purple crocus is one of the first signs that spring is near, so it makes sense that the blossom represents youthful happiness.
Simplicity is key. This dainty, yellow flower simply represents love.
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!