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The Hidden Meaning of Flowers

Everyday across the world there are thousands of flower arrangements gifted. For numerous occasions flowers are a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations, congratulations, and to give thanks are just a few reasons to give the gift of flowers. With all the flowers that are given on a daily basis, few individuals actually know the symbolic meaning of each flower. Knowing the meaning behind a flower can amplify the significance of the present greatly.

Author: Heather LF
Date: Aug 18, 2010 - 2:39:58 PM


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Everyday across the world there are thousands of flower arrangements gifted. For numerous occasions flowers are a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations, congratulations, and to give thanks are just a few reasons to give the gift of flowers. With all the flowers that are given on a daily basis, few individuals actually know the symbolic meaning of each flower. Knowing the meaning behind a flower can amplify the significance of the present greatly.


It is important to educate yourself on the symbolic meaning of the flowers that you give because it showcases the fact that the flowers were purchased with meaning and care. For example if a bouquet of lavender blossoms are given to a graduate, it would represent admiration and having their wishes come true.


The symbolic meaning of flowers dates back to the Victorian period. Certain flowers had specific meanings because the flower selection was very limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. Some examples of flowers and their meanings are as follows: Azalea- abundance, Daffodil-chivalry, Daisy- innocence, Gardenia- joy, Iris- inspiration, Jasmine- grace and elegance , Lilac- first love, Magnolia- dignity , Orchid-delicate beauty, Pansy- loving thoughts , Violet- faithfulness , Peony- healing , Sunflower- adoration and Sweetpea-shyness.


Colors for different flowers can also have their own meaning. Roses are an example of this. Pink can mean friendship while red means passion or love. White roses stand for purity while yellow for zealous. Tulips also have multiple meanings, pink stands for caring and purple for royalty. Red, like roses, is a declaration of love, while yellow means hopelessly in love. White however means forgiveness. Carnations and Chrysanthemums also are said to have meaning behind their various colors.


Whether needing to send a message for a true love or a thank you gift, there are appropriate choices available in a variety of fresh flowers. A florist is sure to know an appropriate flower to match any emotion. Flowers can speak volumes about the sender's feelings. Those who make an effort to understand the meanings behind individual flowers and their colors will certainly be able to give a thoughtful bouquet to those they care for.



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