Flower Meanings

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Flower Meanings

This is a list of the most enduring meanings of the language of the flowers. As early as 1590 in Holland there was published a book, Sybolorum and Emblemarum by John Joachim Camararius about the meanings of flowers. During the four centuries following it has been estimated that about 150 volumes have been published on the subject, each offering a list of flower meanings.

hydrangea

A

Acacia, yellow – Secret Love

Acanthus – The fine arts, artifice

Achillea – War

Agrimony – Thankfulness, gratitude

Allspice – Compassion

Almond – Stupidity, indiscretion

Almond blossom – Hope

Aloe – Grief, religious superstition

Alyssum – Worth beyond beauty

Anemone – Forsaken

Angelica – Inspiration

Apple blossom – Preference

Ash tree – Grandeur

Aster – Variety

Azalea (A. indica) – True to the end, temperance

B

Bachelor’s button – blessed celibacy

Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Sympathy

Balsam – Impatience

Basil – Hatred

Bay leaf – I change but in death

Bay tree – Glory

Bay wreath – Reward for merit

Beech tree – Prosperity

Belladonna – Silence, death

Betony (Stachys officinalis) – Surprise

Bluebell – Constancy

Borage – Bluntness

Broom – Humility, neatness

Bulrush – Docility

Buttercup – Ingratitude, blessed celibacy

columbine illustration

C

Cabbage – profit

Cactus – Warmth

Camellia (C. Japonica). Red – Unpretending lovelyness

Camellia (C. Japonica). White – Perfected lovelyness

Candytuft – Indifference

Canterbury bells – Acknowledgement

Carnation pink – Woman’s love

Carnation red – Alas, my poor heart

Carnation yellow – Disdain

Cedar – Strength

Cedar of Lebanon – Incorruptible

Chamomile – Energy in adversity

Chrysanthemum white – Truth

Cineraria – Ever bright

Cistus, rock rose – Popular favour

Clematis – Mental beauty

Clover, four leaf – Be mine

Colchicum –My best days are past

Columbine – Folly

Crocus – Youthful gladness

Cyclamen – Diffidence

Cypress – Mourning

D

Daffodil – Regard

Dahlia – Instability

Daisy – Innocence

Daisy, Marguerite – I share your sentiment

Daisy, Michaelmas – Afterthought, farewell

Dandelion – Oracle

Daphne – Gilding the lily

Dead leaves –Sadness

Diosma – Uselessness

Dock – Patience

Dogwood – Durability

E

Eglantine – Poetry

Elder – Zealousness

Elm – Dignity

Eschscholtzia – Sweetness

Everlasting – Never-ceasing remembrance

F

Fennel – Worthy of all praise

Fern – Fascination

Fir – Time everlasting

Fig tree – Prolific

Forget-me-not – True love

Foxglove – Insincerity

Fuchsia, scarlet – Taste

G

Gentian – You are unjust

Geranium, dark purple – Melancholy

Geranium, ivy-leaf – Bridal favour

Geranium, lemon – Unexpected meeting

Geranium, nutmeg – Expected meeting

Geranium, oak-leaf – Everlasting friendship

Geranium, rose – Preference

Gillyflower, carnation pink – Lasting beauty

Gladiolus – Strength of character

Gloxinia – A proud spirit

Grass – Utility

hemlock illustration

H

Hawthorn – Hope

Hazel – Reconciliation

Heath – Solitude

Heliotrope – Devotion

Hellebore – Scandal

Hemlock – Evil, black magic

Hemp – Fate

Hibiscus – Delicate beauty

Holly – foresight

Hollyhock – Ambition

Honesty – Sincerity

Honeysuckle – Sweet bonds of love

Hoya – Sculpture

Hyacinth – Sport, game, play

Hydrangea – Boaster, heartlessness

Hyssop – Cleanliness

I

Iris, common – Messege

Iris, German – I burn

Ivy – friendship, fidelity

Ivy, sprig with tendrils – Assiduous attempt to please

J

Jasmine, Cape – Transport of joy

Jasmine, Carolina – Separation

Jasmine, Indian – I attach myself to you

Jasmine, white – Amiability

Jasmine, yellow – Grace and elegance

Jonquil – Return of affections is desired

Judas tree – Betrayal

Juniper – Success, protection

Justicia – Perfection of female loveliness

K

Kennedia – Mental beauty

lemon drawing

L

Laburnum – Forsaken, pensive beauty

Lagerstroemia – Eloquence

Lantana – Rigour

Larch – Audacity, boldness

Larkspur – Lightness, purity

Laurel – Glory

Lavender – Distrust

Lemon – Zest

Lemon blossom – Fidelity in love

Lettuce – Cold-heartedness

Lichen – solitude, dejection

Lilac, purple – First emotions of love

Lilac, white – Youthful innocence

Lily, day – Coquettishness

Lily, white – Purity

Lily of the valley – Return of happiness

Lobelia – Malevolence

Lotus – Divine love, eloquence

Lupin – Voraciousness

morning glory

M

Magnolia – Love of nature

Mallow – Mildness

Maple – Reverve

Marigold – Despair (west) honour (east)

Marigold, African – Vulgar mind

Marigold, French – Jealousy

Mesembryanthemum – Idleness

Mimosa – Sensitivity

Mint – Virtur

Mistletoe – I surmount difficulties

Mock orange – Counterfeit

Morning glory – Affection

Moss – Maternal love

Mountain ash – Prudence

Myrrh – Gladness

Myrtle – Love

N

Narcissus – Egotism

Narcissus, double blossom – Female ambition

Nasturtium – Patriotism

Nemophila – I forgive you

Nettle – I am offended

Nightshade – Falsehood

O

Oak leaves – Bravery

Oak tree – hospitality

Oleander – Beware

Olive branches – Peace

Orange blossom – Bridal purity

Orange tree – Generosity

P

Palm – Victory

Pansy, heartsease – You occupy my thoughts

Parsley – Festivity

Passionflower – Religious superstition

Peach blossom – Unequalled qualities

Pear – Affection

Pelargonium – Eagerness

Pennyroyal – Flee away

Penstemon – Forbidden pleasure

Peony – Bashfulness, shame

Petunia – Never despair

Phlox – Unanimity

Pine – Pity

Pineapple – You are perfect

Pink – Boldness in love

Pink, white – Talent

Polyanthus – Pride of riches

Pomegranate – Foolishness

Poplar, black – Courage

Poppy, Oriental – Silence

Poppy, red – Consolation

Poppy, white – Sleep

Prickly pear – Satire

Primrose – Childhood

Primula – Diffidence

Pyrethrum – I am not changed

Q

Quince – Temptation

raspberry

R

Ranunculus – You are radiant with charms

Raspberry – Remorse

Rhubarb – Advice

Rose – Love

Rose, Chinese miniature – Beauty always new

Rose, garland – Reward of virtue

Rose, red bud – Winter or age

Rose, white – Pure and lovely

Rose, white dried – I am worthy of you

Rose, yellow – Decrease of love, jealousy

Rosemary – Remembrance

Rudbeckia – Justice

Rue – Distain

S

Sage – Domestic virtue

Salvia, blue – I think of you

Salvia, red – Forever thine

Saxifrage – Frivolity

Scabiosa – Unfortunate love

Scilla, blue – Forgive and forget

Scilla, white – Sweet innocence

Shamrock – Light-heartedness

Snowdrop – Hope

Sorrel – Affection

Stephanotis – You can boast too much

Stock – Lasting beauty

Strawberry tree – Esteem

Sunflower – Constancy

Sweet basil – Good wishes

Sweet pea – Departure and everlasting pleasure

Sweet Williams – Gallantry

Sycamore – Curiosity

Syringa – Memory

T

Tamarisk – Crime

Teasel – Misanthropy

Thistle – Austerity

Thistle, Scotch – Retaliation

Thrift – Symapthy

Thyme – Activity

Traveller’s joy – Safety

Tuberose – Dangerous pleasure

Tulip, red – Declaration of love

Tulip, yellow – Hopeless love

V

Valerian – Accommodation disposition

Verbena, scarlet – Sensibility

Verbena, white – Pure and guileless

Veronica – Fidelity

Vine – Intoxication

Violet, blue – Faithfulness

Violet, fragrant – Modesty

Virginia creeper – Ever-changing

W

Walnut – Intellect or stratagem

Wallflower – Fidelity in adversity

Waterlily – Purity of heart

Weeping willow – Mourning

Weigela – Accept a faithful heart

Wisteria – I cling to thee

Woodbine, honeysuckle – Fraternal love

Wormwood – Absence

Y

Yew – Sorrow

Z

Zinnia – Thoughts of absent friends

Cheers

Brad & Saskia

Brad And Saskia

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