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The meaning of flowers changed a little over time and many flowers have more than one meaning. These are the most common meanings. See also the Victorian Language of Flowers.

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Agapanthus
   means   
Love
The name Agapanthus comes from the Greek agap, meaning love, and anthos, meaning flower, translating broadly as the flower of love.
Alstroemeria
   means   
Friendship
Friendship and devotion. Alstroemeria is also known as the Peruvian Lily
Alstroemeria
   means   
Prosperity
Wealth and fortune.
Amaranth
   means   
Immortality
The Greeks regarded the Amaranth flower as a symbol of immortality because it retains it's freshness for a long time after being picked. To demonstrate their belief, it was common practice to spread the flowers over graves.
Amaranth
   means   
Never Fading
Amaranth comes from the Greek word meaning ~never-fading flower. Ancient Greeks would spread this flower over graves in symbolising immortality
Amaryllis
   means   
Beauty
Splendid beauty
Amaryllis
   means   
Determination
Amaryllis
   means   
Pride
Pride and beauty
Aster
   means   
Daintiness
Aster
   means   
Elegance
and Daintiness. The September birth flower, asters also hold the honor of being the 20th wedding anniversary flower.
Aster
   means   
Love
Asters are the 20th wedding anniversary flower.
Aster
   means   
Patience
Bellflower
   means   
Gratitude
Bluebells
   means   
Constancy
Bluebells
   means   
Humility
Calla Lily
   means   
Beauty
Splendid or magnificent beauty. Associated with the 6th wedding anniversary. It is said that as Eve left the Garden of Eden, lilies sprang from the earth where her tears of repentance fell.
Camellia (pink)
   means   
Longing for You
Camellia (red)
   means   
You're a Flame in My Heart
Camellia (white)
   means   
Loveliness
Camellia (white)
   means   
You're Adorable
Carnation
   means   
Distinction
The January birth flower and the 1st wedding anniversary flower.
Carnation
   means   
Love
Love and Fascination. Especially red carnations. Carnation is the oldest known flower variety.
Chrysanthemum (all Colours)
   means   
Joy
Happiness and Joy. Traditionally given to mums on mothers day. They’re the November birth flower, the 13th wedding anniversary flower
Chrysanthemum (red)
   means   
Love
Chrysanthemum (white)
   means   
Truth
Clover (white)
   means   
Think of Me
Used in healing ointments since ancient times
Columbine
   means   
Gifts of the Spirit
Related to the Buttercup Family. One of the most beautiful wild flowers
Cupids Dart
   means   
Passion
Flower was used in Love potions
Cyclamen
   means   
Goodbye
Cyclamen
   means   
Resignation
Daffodil
   means   
Chivalry
The March birth flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower
Daffodil
   means   
New Beginnings
The March birth flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower
Daffodil
   means   
Regard
If one was enclosed in a small space with this flower the scent will induce Headaches
Daisy
   means   
Innocence
Associated with the fifth wedding anniversary.
Flowering Almond
   means   
Hope
Forget-Me-Not
   means   
Hope
Forget-Me-Not
   means   
Love
True Love
Forget-Me-Not
   means   
Remembrance
Dainty Blue flower
Gardenia
   means   
Secret Love
Gardenia
   means   
You're Lovely
Gerbera
   means   
Beauty
Gerbera
   means   
Innocence
Innocence and Purity.
Honeysuckle
   means   
Devotion
Devoted affection
Honeysuckle
   means   
Happiness
Honeysuckle
   means   
Love
More specifically - I love you or bonds of love.
Honeysuckle
   means   
Sweetness of Disposition
Hyacinth
   means   
Beauty
Especially rustic beauty.
Iris
   means   
Faith
Known for it’s vibrant Blue it can also be found in Yellow and White
Iris
   means   
Hope
The February birth flower
Iris
   means   
Wisdom
Larkspur
   means   
Levity
Laughter - Send a bouquet of larkspur to help someone see the humor in a situation. Larkspur are also known as delphiniums.
Lavender Rose
   means   
Enchantment
Lavender Rose sends a message of Love At First Sight
Lemon Blossom
   means   
Fidelity
Fidelity in Love
Lilac (purple)
   means   
First Love
The 8th wedding anniversary flower
Lilac (white)
   means   
Innocence
Youthful innocence. Chastity and virtue.
Lily-of-the-Valley
   means   
Return of Happiness
Or 'You will find happiness' 2nd wedding anniversary flower.
Lily-of-the-Valley
   means   
Sweetness
The legend of the lily of the valley is that it sprang from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden.
Lily (white)
   means   
Majesty
Mimosa
   means   
Secret Love
Mimosa
   means   
Sensitivity
Myrtle
   means   
Love
Myrtle
   means   
Remembrance
Memories
Orchid
   means   
Beauty
Rare and Delicate beauty. Orchids have believed to carry various healing and protective properties
Peach Blossom
   means   
I Am Your Captive
Peony
   means   
Bashfulness
12th wedding anniversary flower
Peony
   means   
Prosperity
Periwinkle (blue)
   means   
Friendship
Especially early friendship.
Periwinkle (white)
   means   
Remembrance
Pleasures of memory
Peruvian Lily
   means   
Friendship
Friendship and devotion. Also known as Alstroemeria.
Rose (orange)
   means   
Desire
Rose (orange)
   means   
Passion
A bouquet of orange roses will convey a meaningful message of Passion
Rose (pink)
   means   
Admiration
A symbol of Grace and Elegance
Rose (pink)
   means   
Innocence
Rose (pink)
   means   
Love
First love
Rose (red)
   means   
Love
Romantic love. A time honoured way to say I Love You. 12 Roses as gift implies “The ultimate declaration of love”, 25 roses convey “Congratulations!!” and 50 roses express the “Unconditional love“
Rose (red)
   means   
Passion
Rose (white)
   means   
Innocence
White arrangements are also used as an expression of remembrance
Rose (white)
   means   
Purity
Rose (white)
   means   
Remeberance
Memorial
Rose (white)
   means   
Secret Admirer
Rose (yellow)
   means   
Friendship
Rose (yellow)
   means   
Joy
The bright yellow bloom evokes a feeling of Happiness and Joy
Stargazer Lily (pink)
   means   
Ambition
Stargazer Lily (pink)
   means   
Aspiration
Stargazer Lily (white)
   means   
Peace
Known for the distinctive Star shaped bloom and distinct sweet fragrance
Stargazer Lily (white)
   means   
Prosperity
2nd wedding anniversary flower.
Sunflower
   means   
Adoration
Also thought to be a symbol of longevity
Sunflower
   means   
Happiness
Sunflower
   means   
Pure Thoughts
The 3rd wedding anniversary flower
Sunflower
   means   
Warmth
Tulip (purple)
   means   
Royalty
Giving of Purple Tulips says the receiver is highly regarded
Tulip (red)
   means   
Love
True Love. Perfect lover. Declaration of love. Similar to the giving of a Red Roses
Tulip (variegated)
   means   
Beautiful Eyes
Wide variety of Colours in Variegated Tulips
Tulip (white)
   means   
Forgiveness
White Tulips send a strong message of forgiveness to the receiver
Tulip (white)
   means   
Worthiness
Tulip (yellow)
   means   
Cheerful Thoughts and Sunshine
Yellow Tulips given traditionally to a good friend
Tulip (yellow)
   means   
There's Sunshine in Your Smile
Violet (blue)
   means   
Faithfulness
Violet (blue)
   means   
Modesty


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