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Flower Information

In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings because the flower selection was
limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. But today,
with so many flower choices, there are no rules - it's the sentiment that gives the gift its
meaning. Your florist can help you send the right message. Many people assign their own
personal meanings - a flower or color that might remind them of a special event or moment in
their lives. For those interested in the historic meanings of flowers, the Society of American
Florists has compiled this list from a variety of different sources:
Alstroemeria aspiring

Amaryllis - dramatic

Anemone - fragile

Apple Blossom - promise

Aster - contentment

Azalea - abundance

Baby's Breath - festivity

Bachelor Button - anticipation

Begonia - deep thoughts

Black-Eyed Susan - encouragement

Camellia - graciousness

Carnation
pink - gratitude
red - flashy
striped - refusal
white - remembrance
yellow - cheerful

Chrysanthemum
bronze - excitement
white - truth
red - sharing
yellow - secret admirer

Cosmos - peaceful

Crocus - foresight

Daffodil - chivalry

Delphinium - boldness

Daisy - innocence

Freesia - spirited

Forget-Me-Not - remember me forever


Gardenia - joy

Geranium - comfort

Ginger - proud

Gladiolus - strength of character

Heather - solitude

Hibiscus - delicate beauty

Holly - domestic happiness

Flower Meanings
Hyacinth - sincerity

Hydrangea - perseverance

Iris - inspiration

Ivy - fidelity

Jasmine - grace and elegance

Larkspur - beautiful spirit

Lavender - distrust

Lilac - first love

Lily Calla - regal

Casablanca - celebration

Day - enthusiasm

Stargazer - ambition

Lisianthus - calming

Magnolia - dignity

Marigold - desire for riches

Nasturtium - patriotism

Orange Blossom - fertility

Orchid - delicate beauty

Pansy - loving thoughts

Passion flower - passion

Peony - healing

Poppy - consolation

Queen Anne's Lace - delicate femininity

Ranunculus - radiant

Rhododendron - beware

Rose
pink - friendship
red - passionate love
red & white - unity
white - purity
yellow - zealous

Snapdragon - presumptuous

Star of Bethlehem - hope

Stephanotis - good luck

Statice - success

Sunflower - adoration

Sweetpea - shyness

Tuberose - pleasure

Tulip
pink - caring
purple - royalty
red - declaration of love
white - forgiveness
yellow - hopelessly in love

Violet - faithfulness

Wisteria - steadfast

Yarrow - good health

Zinnia - thoughts of friends