The language of flowers

Great flowers for a wedding:


Acacia – Secret love

Allspice – Compassion

Ambrosia – Love returned

Anemone – Unfading love

Angelica – Inspiration

Arbutis – Only love

Aster – Love; daintiness

Baby’s Breath – Everlasting Love

Bells Of Ireland – Good luck

Bluebell – Humility; constancy

Bird Of Paradise – Magnificence

Buttercup – Cheerfulness

Cactus – Endurance; warmth

Calendula – Joy

Carnation (in general) Bonds of affection; health and energy; fascination; woman love

Red Carnation – My heart aches for you; admiration

Solid Color Carnation -Yes

White Carnation -Sweet and lovely; innocence; pure love; woman’s good luck gift

Chrysanthemum (in general) – Cheerfulness; You’re a wonderful friend

Red Chrysanthemum – I love

White Chrysanthemum – Truth



Dandelion-Wishes come true

Fennel – Worthy of all praise

Fern – Sincerity

Forget-Me-Not – True love

Forsythia – Anticipation

Gardenia – You’re lovely; secret love

Gladiolus – Love at first sight

Lavender Heather  – Admiration; solitude

White Heather (white) – Protection; wishes will come true

Hibiscus – Delicate beauty

Holly – Good will; domestic Happiness; foresight

Honeysuckle – Generous and devoted affection

Blue Hyacinth – Constancy

Iris – Faith; hope; wisdom and valor

Ivy – Fidelity and friendship

Jasmine – Amiability; attracts wealth

Jonquil – Love me; affection returned; desire; sympathy; desire for a return of affection

Lavender – Devotion

Lily (general) – Keeps unwanted visitors away

Calia Lily – Beauty

Day Lily  – Coquetry

Eucharis Lily – Maiden charms

White Lily  – Virginity; purity; majesty; it’s heavenly to be with you

Yellow Lily  – I’m walking on air

Lily of the valley – sweetness; return to happiness; humility

Marigold – Comforts the heart

Marjoram (sweet) – Joy and happiness

Mistletoe – Kiss me; affection; to surmount difficulties; sacred plant of India

Myrtle – Love; Hebrew emblem of marriage

Orange Blossom – Brings wisdom

Orchid- Love; beauty; refinement; beautiful lady; Chinese symbol for many children

Palm leaves – Victory and success

Pansy – Thoughts; love

Yellow Poppy – Wealth; success

Primrose – I can’t live without you; early youth

Rose (general)(Red) – Love ; I love you

White Rose – Eternal Love ; innocence; heavenly; secrecy and silence

Pink Rose – Perfect happiness; please believe me

Red and white Rose- Together; unity

Thorn less Rose – Love at first sight

Single full bloom Rose- I love you; I still love you

Rose bud – Beauty and youth ; a heart innocent of love

Red Rose bud – Pure and lovely

Tea Rose – I’ll always remember

Cabbage Rose- Ambassador of love

Hibiscus Rose – Delicate beauty

Stephanotis – Happiness in marriage; desire to travel

Stock – Lasting beauty

Strawberry – Perfect goodness

Sunflower- Loyalty; wishes

Tulip(general) – Fame,charity; perfect lover

Red Tulip- Believe me; declaration of love

Variegated Tulip – Beautiful eyes

Violet – Modesty; calms tempers; induces sleep

Blue Violet – Watchfulness; faithfulness; I’ll always be true

White Violet- Let’s take a chance on happiness

Viscaria – Will you dance with me?

Magenta Zinnia – Lasting affection

Scarlet Zinnia- Constancy

White Zinnia – Goodness

Flowers to avoid for a wedding:


Aloe – Grief

Amaryllis – Pride; Timidity

Azalea – Take care of yourself for me; fragile passion; Chinese symbol of womanhood

Bachelor Button – Celibacy

Begonia – Beware

Borage – Courage

Candytuft – indifference

Pink Carnation – I’ll never forget you (more of a funeral flower)

Purple Carnation – Capriciousness; whimsical; changeable

Striped Carnation – No; refusal; sorry I can’t be with you; wish I could be with you

Yellow Carnation  – Rejection; disdain

Yellow Chrysanthemum -Slighted love

Coriander – Lust

Cyclamen – Resignation and goodbye

Hyacinth (general) – Games and sports; rashness

Purple Hyacinth – I’m sorry; please forgive me; sorrow

Red or pink Hyacinth – Play

White Hyacinth – Loveliness; I’ll pray for you

Yellow Hyacinth – Jealousy

Hydrangea – frigidity; heartlessness

Larkspur – pink – Fickleness

Orange Lily – Hatred

Tiger Lily – Wealth; pride

Monkshood – Beware, a deadly foe is near

Narcissus – Egotism; formality; stay as sweet as you are

Nasturtium- Conquest; victory in battle; maternal love; charity; patriotism

Oleander – Caution; beware

Orange Mock – Deceit

Petunia – Resentment; anger

Poppy (general) – Eternal sleep ; oblivion; imagination

Red Poppy -Pleasure; consolation

White Poppy – Consolation; sleep

Evening Primrose – Inconstancy

Yellow Rose – Friendship ; jealousy; try to care

Black Rose –Death

White Rose bud – Girlhood

Dark crimson Rose- Mourning

Snapdragon – Deception; gracious lady; presumption

Spiderflower – Elope with me

Sweetpea – Goodbye; departure; blissful pleasure; Thank you for a lovely time

Yellow Tulip- Hopeless love

Zinnia – Thoughts of friends

Mixed Zinnia – Thinking of an absent friend

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