The Meanings and Sentiments of Flowers – A to Z

Flowers have always held a certain mystique. Whether painted on a wall in an ancient tomb or etched onto a Grecian urn, they hold different meanings and honors.

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Flower Meanings – A

abandon…………………………grape

abandonment……………………..anemone, Japanese anemone

absence…………………………wormwood

absolute achievement……………..gold rose

accept a faithful heart…………..weigela

acceptance………………………lilac

accomodating disposition………….valerian

accomplishment…………………..laurel

achievement in the Arts…………..laurel

activity………………………..thyme

Adieu…………………………..sweet pea, pea

administration, wise……………..pear

admiration………………………carnation, especially red or yellow, heather

adoration……………………….sunflower

adversity……………………….wallflower

advice………………………….rhubarb

affection……………………….marigold, pear, wormwood

affection, conjugal………………geranium

affection, generous and devoted……honeysuckle

affection, lively and pure………..pink carnation, pinks

afterthought…………………….aster

age, winter of…………………..guelder rose/viburnum

aggressiveness…………………..lavender cotton

ambition………………………..ivy, mountain laurel

ambition, female…………………white hollyhock

amiability………………………jasmine

antidote………………………..plumbago

ardor…………………………..fleur-de-lis/iris

artifice………………………..clematis

the Arts………………………..acanthus

aspiration………………………foxtail lily, cheddar pinks

aspiring………………………..bellflower

assignation……………………..scarlet pimpernel

athletic victory…………………sweet woodruff

attachment, ardent……………….lavender, larkspur

attachment, early………………..thornless rose

attractive………………………foamflower, sea holly

attractive to the opposite sex…….lemon verbena

austerity……………………….thistle

availability…………………….wild or hardy geranium

aversion………………………..China or single pinks

Flower Meanings  – B

baby, newborn……………………English daisy

baby’s hands…………………….Japanese maple

bantering……………………….southernwood

bashfulness……………………..peony

bashful modesty………………….sensitive plant

“Be careful, do not hurt me!”……….sensitive plant

be not weary…………………….mugwort

beautiful eyes…………………..variegated tulip

beautiful, long………………….begonia

beauty………………………….camellia, pink carnation, cinnamon, daylily, delphinium, lilac, maple, orchid, peony, roses, pink rosebud

beauty, capricious……………….lady’s slipper orchid, musk rose

beauty, lasting/unfading………….carnation, wallflower, stock

beauty, magnificent……………..calla lily

beauty, neglected……………….throatwort

beauty always new………………. China rose, damask rose

beauty and youth………………..rosebud

beauty in retirement…………….aster

beauty, splendid………………..amaryllis

beer…………………………..hops

beginning anew………………….rue

beginning, at the very…………..parsley and rue together

belief…………………………garden anemone

a belle………………………..orchid

beloved daughter………………..cinquefoil

beneficence…………………….marshmallow

benevolence…………………….princess tree, sweet shrub

benevolent justice………………pear

best qualities………………….cream rose

best wishes…………………….basil

betrothal………………………red carnation

“beware, I am fanciful”……………begonia

beware of the excess………………..saffron crocus

birth………………………….dittany

bitterness……………………..Russian olive, wormwood

bluntness………………………borage

blushes………………………..sweet marjoram

boastfulness……………………hydrangea

boldness……………………….pine, pinks

bonds of love…………………..carnation, honeysuckle

bravery………………………..thyme

bridal favor……………………ivy geranium

bridal festivities………………orange

brouhaha……………………….rhubarb

Flower Meanings – C

candor……………………white violet

capability………………..coneflower

cares………………………calendula/pot marigold

carousing………………..grape

challenge…………………coral bells

change…………………….scarlet pimpernel

charity…………………….tulip

charm……………………..rose, especially red

charm feminine…………gardenia

chastity…………………….orange blossom

cheerfulness………………buttercup, chrysanthemum (especially yellow), English daisy, lemon mint

cheerful always………….coreopsis

cheers my soul…………..quince

cheers the heart………….ajuga/bugle

childhood………………….sweet William, geranium

childishness……………….buttercup

chivalry…………………….flowering cherry, daffodil, monkshood

Christian faith………….passionflower

Christmas joy……………holly berries

cleanliness………………..soapwort

cleansing…………………..hyssop

clear vision………………..rue

cleverness………………….strawberry begonia

coldness……………………..chaste bush

comfort……………………….chamomile, geranium, especially red, scented and scarlet, mugwort, pear

comforting……………………ginger

compassion…………………..bee balm, elderberry, sweet shrub

complaisance………………..reed

complexion, brilliant……..damask rose

conceit………………………….spirea

conception aid……………….mugwort

confession of love……………moss rosebud

confidence……………………….lilac polyanthus

confidence in heaven………flowering reed

congratulations……………….rose

conjugal affection…………….geranium

conjugal love…………………..linden

consolation……………………..scarlet geranium, sweet marjoram, corn poppy, snowdrop

constancy………………………..bellflower, wild or hardy geranium, ivy, calendula/pot marigold

contentment…………………….camellia

conviviality……………………..cone

coquetry…………………………….yellow lily

coquette…………………………..daylily

cordiality…………………………sweet woodruff

counterfeit………………………mock orange/philadelphus

courage…………………………..borage, plum, thyme, garlic chives, garlic

courtesy………………………sweet marjoram

creative force………………red and white rose

creativity……………………oregano

cruelty………………………..nettle

cure…………………………….yarrow

cure for heartache…………..yarrow

cure for melancholy…………lenten rose/hellebore

Flower Meanings – D

dainty pleasures………….coral bells

danger………………………..rhododendron

dangerous love………………tuberose

dangerous pride…………….blackberry

daughter, beloved…………..cinquefoil

daughter’s sweetness……….wisteria

dauntlessness………………….statice

dazzling but dangerous…….snapdragon

a deadly foe is near………….monkshood

“Death is preferable to dishonor!”….withered white rose

deceit……………………………….geranium, monkshood

decision…………………………….foxglove

declaration of love………………tulip, especially red

decrease of love on better acquaintance…yellow rose

delay…………………………….hardy geranium

delicacy…………………………..cornflower/bachelor’s button, dusty-miller, lily-of-the-valley

delicate pleasures……………….sweet pea

departure………………………white pinks, sweet pea, pea

desertion………………………..columbine

desire……………………………..red rose

devoted affection………………honeysuckle

devotion…………………………..lavender, hosta, hydrangea, champagne rose, rosemary

dexterity…………………………sweet William

diffidence…………………………cyclamen

dignity……………………………. Silver King artemisia, dahlia, pinks, lavender rose

directness…………………………..borage

discretion…………………………..maidenhair fern, lemon blossom

disdain……………………………….yellow carnation, rue

dispels melancholy……………….yarrow

disquietude………………………….marigold

distinction……………………………cardinal flower, acidanthera/peacock orchid

distinction/highest mark of…….yellow rose

distrust………………………….cyclamen, lavender

Do not abuse………………………….saffron crocus

Do not forget me!……………………forget-me-not

docility…………………………………..rushes

domestic happiness……………………..grape, holly

domestic virtue…………………………….sage

dreaminess…………………………….pink tulip

dreams…………………………………..sweet phlox

drunk and blowsy…………………….valerian

durability………………………………oak

duty through the hardship……………….purple-leaf plum

Flower Meanings – E

Early attachment…………………….thornless rose

Early friendship……………………red periwinkle

Early youth…………………………..primrose

Earthly delights……………………Jerusalem sage

Education, good…………………..cherry, clover

Effervescence………………………champagne rose

Egotism……………………………..narcissus

Elegance………………………….bleeding heart, Carolina jasmine, locust, maple

Eloquence………………………crepe myrtle, iris, Mexican or velvet sage

Embarrassment……………..nigella

Encouragement……………..galax, goldenrod

Endurance……………………pine

Endurance in love…………………calendula/pot marigold

Energy …………………………………. red salvia

Energy in adversity …………….. chamomile

Ennui ………………………………….. moss

Enthusiasm ………………………. Monte Cristo aster, bouvardia, corn poppy

Envy …………………………………. wild or hardy geranium

Esteem ……………………………… sage, especially pineapple

Esteem but not love …………… spiderwort

Eternal life …………………………. sweet woodruff

The evanescent loveliness of life…….morning glory

Evening joy ……………………………………. moth orchid

Evil prevented ……………………………..lavender cotton

Excellence ………………….camellia

Excess ……………………….gilded rose

Expectation ……………… anemone

Expected meeting ………… nutmeg scented geranium

Eyes, beautiful ……………………. variegated tulip

Flower Meanings – F

Faith ……………………… garden anemone, mustard seed

Faithfulness ……………. dogwood, verbena, violet, especially blue

Falsehood ………………. yellow lily

Fame ………………………… tulip poplar, tulip

Fame speaks him great and good……….. apple

Family union …………………. pink verbena

Fantastic extravagance …………. scarlet poppy

Farewell ……………………. spruce

Farsighted outlook………… queen-of-the-prairie

Fascination ……………………. carnation, especially red or yellow, fern, pinks

Fashionable ……………….. queen’s rocket

Fastidiousness …………….. sensitive plant

Feasting …………………….. parsley

Fecundity ……………………. fig, orange

Felicity …………………. bachelor’s button/cornflower, dusty-miller, impatiens/balsam, sweet sultan

Female ambition …………… white hollyhock

Female fidelity ……………….. speedwell/veronica

Feminine charm ……………… gardenia

Feminine modesty ……….calla lily

Feminine softness …………. peach

Femininity ……………………….. shell-pink rose

Fertility ………………………………… pine-cone, plum, verbena

Fertility and abundance ………… pomegranate

Festivity ……………………………… parsley, baby’s-breath

Fickleness …………………………… pink larkspur

Fidelity ………………………………. bleeding heart, ivy, myrtle, rhubarb, rosemary

Fidelity, female …………………… speedwell, veronica

Fidelity in adversity ……………. wallflower

Fidelity in love ………………….lemon

Finesse ………………………….sweet William

First emotions of love ………………… purple lilac

First love ……………………………..white azalea

Fitness ………………………sweet flag

Flamboyant ……. cattleya orchid

Flame ………. Fleur-de-lis/iris

Flee away ………pennyroyal

The fleeting quality of life ……….grass

Flirt ………. daylily, feverfew

Folly ……… columbine, geranium, especially acarlett

Foolishness ………pomegranate

Foppishness ……… pomegranate

For once may pride befriend me! ……… tiger flower

Force ……….fennel

Foresight ………holly, strawberry

Forever thine ………. red salvia

Forgetfulness ……… opium poppy

Forgive and forget ………. yellow rose

Forgiveness ……….creeping Jennie, gooseneck loosestrife

Forsaken ………willow

Freedom ……..willow

Freshness ……….green rose

Friendliness ……….wheat

Friendship ……….galax, gerbera daisy, ivy, Peruvian lily/alstromeria, pine, pussy willow, rose, especially yellow, willow

Friendship, early ……….red periwinkle

Friendship, warm ………. pine

Fruitfulness ………. hollyhock, lily

Fulfillment ……….raspberry

Fun ………. lemon balm

Future promise ……….buds, strawberry

Flower Meanings – G

Gaiety ……… primrose, yellow lily, baby’s breath

Gallantry …….. sweet William

Games ………. hyacinth

Generosity ………. gladiolus, globeflower, orange

Genius ……… plane tree

Gentle-heartedness ……… raspberry

Gentleness ……… lamb’s ears , pink rosebud

Gifts of the Holy Spirit ………columbine

Girl’s Day Flower (Japan) ………peach

Gladness ………sweet cicely

Gladness, youthful ………. crocus

Glory ……… laurel

Good fortune ……… goldenrod, coral rose, vervain

Good luck ……… bayberry, clover, garlic, white heather

Good luck in the new year …….. rosemary

Good nature ……… forsythia

Good news ……… guelder rose

Good taste ………single dahlia

Good will ……… holly

Government, good ………pear

Grace ………Carolina jasmine, rose, especially pink, rue, pink rosebud

Grace, airy ……… asparagus fern

Graceful ……… sea holly

Gracefulness ………daffodil, white geranium

Gratitude ……… bellflower, dahlia, globeflower/trollius, parsley, purple-leaf sage, statice

Gratitude to parents ……… white dahlia

Great joy and delight ………. caladium

Grief ………. calendula/pot marigold, thistle

To grow thin …… fennel

Flower Meanings – H

Hands full of cash ……… peony

Happiness ……… lavender, sweet marjoram, plum

Happy outcome ……… orange

Happy years ………. tulip

Hard work ……… coral bells, clover

Hardiness ………. plum

Harmony ………red rose

Hatred ……….basil

Haughtiness ………. amaryllis, double larkspur, sunflower

Have pity on my passion! ………. jonquil

Haven ……… Queen Anne’s lace

Healing ……… lemon balm

Healing properties ……… bachelor’s button

Heals wounds ………yarrow

Health ……… bachelor’s button, geranium, especially red, calendula/pot marigold, pear, Green rose, yarrow

Health, good ……… feverfew, shell-pink rose

Health, ruddy ……… peach

A heart untouched by love ……… white rosebud

The heart ………. anthurium/flamingo flower

The heart’s mystery ……… crimson polyanthus

Heartache, cure for ………. yarrow

Heedlessness ………. almond

Helpfulness ………. blue spirea

Helpless and delicate ………. wisteria

High-souled ……….scarlet lily

Home ………. myrtle

Home sweet home ………. comfrey

Homeyness ………. lemon mint

Hope ………. almond, forget-me-not, pear, spring starflower

Hope, innocent ……….red rosebud

Hope in adversity ………. spruce

A hopeful future ………. pomegranate

Hospitality ……… oak, pineapple mint, pineapple sage

Humility ………. allium/flowering onion, violet

Humor ………. cockscomb

Flower Meanings – I

I admire your accomplishments ………. coral rose

I am dazzled by your charms ………. ranunculus

I am happy that you love me! ……… yellow dahlia

I am humble but proud! ……….ragwort

I am in despair! ………. withered white rose

I am not ambitious for myself but for you ………. foxglove

I am worthy of you ………. white rose

I am your captive! ………. peach

I await your favors ………. orchid

I cannot give thee up! ………. columbine

I cling to thee ………. wisteria

I cling to you both in sunshine and in shade ………. virginia creeper

I desire a return of affection ………. jonquil

A desire to please ………. wild or hardy geranium

I die if neglected! ………. laurustinus/viburnum

I do not believe you! ………. yellow carnation

I engage you for the next dance ………. ivy geranium

I have lost all ………. pincushion flower/scabiosa

I love you ……….red rose, red chrysanthemum

I love you in secret ………. gardenia

I return your love! ………. violet

I share your sentiments ………. double aster, English daisy

I think of you! ………. blue salvia

I think of you constantly ………. Variegated dahlia

I understand you ………. light-colored cyclamen

I will not economize ……… red cyclamen

I will think of it ………. single aster, wreath of daisies

Ill-timed wit……….wood sorrel

I’ll return……….Queen Anne’s lace

I’ll still be waiting……….astilbe

Imagination……….lupine, pink tulip

Immortality……….globe amaranth, peach rose, spruce

Impatience……….balsam

Inconstancy……….evening primrose

Independence……….nigella, oak, thistle

Indifference……….candytuft, chaste bush

Industry……….clover

Industriousness……….dusty-miller

Infidelity prevented……….caraway

Ingenuity……….clematis, penciled or skeleton geranium, white pinks

Ingratitude……….buttercups

Innocence……….daisy, English daisy, freesia, primrose

Innocence, spotless……….white violet

Innocence, youthful……….white lilac

Innocent hope ………. red rosebud

Insincerity ……… cherry, foxglove

Inspiration ……… angelica

Instability ………. dahlia

Instruction ………. bayberry

Intellect ………. walnut

Intellectual excellence ……… sumac

Intoxication ………. grape

Irresistible ………. dill

Flower Meanings – J

Jealousy ………. marigold, especially French, yellow rose

Joviality ………. chrysanthemum

Joy ………. chrysanthemum, calendula/pot marigold, sweet marjoram, myrtle, oregano, rose, especially red or red/white bicolor, sorrel

Joys to come ………. wood sorrel

Jubilation ………. guilder rose/viburnum

Justice ………. black-eyed Susan

Justice, benevolent ………. pear

Flower Meanings – K

Keep my secret ………. white rose

Keys ………. maple

Kindliness ………. blue hyacinth

Kindness ………. elderberry, sweet marjoram

Kiss me twice before I rise ………. nigella

Flower Meanings – L

Lasting beauty ………. stock

Lasting pleasure ………. everlasting pea

Liberty ………. green rose

Life ………. cone, pine cone

Life, long ………. chrysanthemum, euonymous

Light-heartedness ………. shamrock

Little-boy flower ………. anthurium/flamingo flower

Living for love ………. white carnation

Longevity ………. fig, peach, pine, plum, oak, pear, coral rose

Love ………. azalea, cinnamon, lemon balm, lilac, myrtle, orchid, periwinkle, pinks, rose, especially red, pink tulip, blue violet

Love, ambassador of ………. cabbage rose

Love, ardent ………. impatiens/balsam, red tulip

Love, ardent and pure ………. carnation

Love, bonds of ………. carnation, honeysuckle

Love, brotherly ………. mock orange

Love, confession of ………. moss rosebud

Love, conjugal ………. linden

Love, consuming ………. tulip

Love, dangerous ………. tuberose

Love, deep and pure ………. carnation

Love, filial ………. virgin’s bower/clematis

Love, first ……… white azalea

Love, first emotions of ………. purple lilac

Love, hopelessness ………. yellow tulip

Love, living for ………. white carnation

Love, lost ………. white tulip

Love, maternal ………. wood sorrel, pink carnation, moss

Love, slighted ………. yellow chrysanthemum

Love, true ………. forget-me-not

Love, unrequited ………. begonia

Love, wedded ………. ivy

Love, woman’s ………. carnation, cheddar pinks

Love letters ………. agapanthus/lily-of-the-Nile

Love undiminished by adversity ………. white dogwood

Loveliness ………. gentian

Loveliness, perfected ………. camellia

Lover’s charm ………. almond

Love’s oracle ……… dandelion

Loving thoughts ………. pansy

Loyalty ………. bamboo, pine, sunflower, blue violet

Luck ………. white clover, lavender, red rose, shamrock

Lust ………. orchid

Luxury ………. cymbidium orchid

Flower Meanings – M

Magnificence ………. cymbidium orchid

Majesty ………. lily

Marriage ………. myrtle, orange, plum, verbena

Marriage, happy ………. p

Married bliss ………. myrtle

Martyrdom ………. red rose

Maternal affection ………. cinquefoil

Matronly grace ……… cattleya orchid

Mature charms ……… cattleya orchid

Mature elegance ………. pomegranate

May you be pleased and your sorrows mine! ………. rose

Meeting, appointed ………. everlasting pea

Meeting, expected ………. nutmeg scented geranium

Meet me! ……… sweet pea

Melancholy ………. dead leaves, geranium

Melancholy, cure for ……… lenten rose/hellebore

Memory ………. sweet William, tulip

Memory, tender ………. sweet pea

Mental beauty ………. clematis

Mental powers ……… savory

Merit, reward of ………. laurel

Merriment ………. cherry-red rose

A merry heart ………. salad burnet

Message ………. iris

Mirth ………. crocus, hops, sweet marjoram

Miscarriage prevented ………. tansy

Misery ………. calendula/pot marigold

Misrepresentation ………. dahlia

Mitigates grief ………. sage

Mobility ………. white pinks, pine

Moderation ………. azalea

Modesty ………. cosmos, lilac, violet

Modesty, feminine ………. calla lily

Most lovable ………. ajuga/bugle

Music ………. oats, reed

My bane, my antidote ………. white poppy

My compliments ………. iris

My gratitude exceeds your care ………. dahlia

My love will never die ………. double pinks

Flower Meanings – N

Newborn baby ………. English daisy

Needing protection ………. gerbera daisy

Never forget ………. scots thistle

Never too late to amend ……… Japanese rose/kerria

Newlyweds ………. pinks

No!! ………. pinks

Nobility ……… flowering cherry, orchid

Noblest, among the ………. tulip poplar

Nuisance ………. rag weed

A nymph ………. nerine

Flower Meanings – O

Obedience ………. obedient plant

Oblivion ………. poppy

Opposition ………. slime fungus

Optimism ………. chrysanthemum

Our souls are united ………. phlox

Flower Meanings – P

Panache ……… Calla lily

Par excellence ………. Sweet pea

Parental affection ………. Sorrel

Participation ………. Double dahlia

Passion ………. Red or laced carnation, myrtle, red rose

Patience ………. Allium/flowering onion, chamomile, oxeye daisy, willow

Patriotism ………. Nasturtium

Peace ………. Gardenia, myrtle, olive

Penitence. ………. Yew

Perfect goodness ………. Strawberry

The perfect lover ………. Tulip

Perfection ………. Rose, especially cream

Perpetual concord ………. Apple

Perplexity ………. Nigella

Perseverance ………. Magnolia, plum, yew

Personal achievement ………. Laurel

Pilgrimage ………. Plantain

Play ………. Hyacinth

Pleasant ………. Ginger

Pleasantries ………. Peruvian lily/alstromeria

Pleasure, lasting ………. Everlasting pea

Pleasure without alloy ………. Turtlehead

Pleasures, worldly ………. Astilbe

Pleasures of hope ………. Crocus

Pleasures of memory ………. Periwinkle

Plenty ………. Grape

Pliancy, strength through ………. Bamboo

Poetry ………. Eglantine rose

Poking fun ………. Pokeweed

Pomp ………. Dahlia

Popularity ………. Kalanchoe

Popular, highly ………. Begonia

Posterity ………. Pomegranate

Power ………. Silver King artemesia, oak

Pray for me ………. White verbena

Prayer ………. Blueberry

Precaution ………. Goldenrod

Preference ………. Scented geranium

Preferred ………. Dead nettle

Presumption ………. Snapdragon

Pride ………. Amaryllis, tiger-lily, red rose, pink carnation

Pride, dangerous ………. Blackberry

Pride of newly-acquired fortune ………. Auricula/primula

Pride of ownership ………. Jerusalem sage

Pride of riches ………. Polyanthus/primula

Profits in business ………. Pea

Progeny, numerous ………. Orchid

Promise ………. Iris

Promise of good things to come ………. Buds

Promptness ………. Stock

Proposal of love ………. Phlox

Prosperity ………. Grape, nigella, oak, wheat

Protection ……… blueberry, garlic, garlic chives, red geranium, juniper, Queen Anne’s lace, Saint-John’s-Wort

Protection for travelers ………. Wormwood

Protection from danger ………. Heather

Providence ………. Trefoil

Pure and guileless ………. White verbena

Pure heart ………. Baby’s breath

Pure love of a virgin ………. Cosmos

Purity ………. Gardenia, white lilac, lily, lily-of-the-valley, white rosebud

Purity of sentiment ………. White violet

Pursuit ………. Lavender cotton

 

Flower Meanings – Q

 

Queen of coquettes ………. Rocket

 

Flower Meanings – R

 

Rarity ………. Lavender rose

Rashness ………. Butterfly bush

Recall ………. Silver-leaf geranium

Reckless ……… mandevilla

Recollections, pleasant ………. White periwinkle

Reconciliation ……… olive

Recovery from illness ………. Pussy willow

Refinement ………. Gardenia, orchid

Refusal ………. Japanese anemone, striped carnation, striped or white pinks

Regard ………. Daffodil

Rejected suitor ……… ice plant

Rejection ………. Yellow carnation

Rejoice and comfort the heart ………. Sweet cicely

Rejoicing ………. Sweet woodruff

Rejuvenation ………. Lemon balm

Relief ………. Lemon balm

Religious ………. Passion flower

Remembrance ………. Forget-me-not, hydrangea, calendula/pot marigold, rosemary, statice

Remorse ………. Bramble, red or black raspberry

Rendezvous ………. Chickweed, scarlet pimpernel

Repentance ………. Rue

Reserve ………. Maple

Resoluteness ………. Sumac

Resolved to win ………. Columbine

Respect ………. Daffodil, pea, white rose

Responsibility ………. Lemon verbena

Rest ………. Hops

Resurrection ………. Lily

Retirement ………. Tulip poplar

Return of a friend is desired ………. Delphinium, balloon flower/platycodon, bellflower/campanula together

Return of happiness ………. Lily-of-the-valley

Reward of literary merit ………. Tea olive

Reward of merit ………. Laurel

Reward of virtue ………. Rose

Rich in charms ………. Buttercup

Riches ………. Corn/wheat

Richness ………. Cream rose

Righteousness ………. Gentian

Risqué ………. Protea

Rivalry ………. Rocket

Role reversal ………. Perilla

Romance ………. Azalea

Royalty ………. Pomegranate

(The following flower meanings are taken from the glossary of the book “Tussie-Mussies, The Language of Flowers” by Geraldine Adamich Laufer, which I highly recommend for its insightfulness and beautiful photography. This flower guide includes the meanings of different flowers and the symbolic meanings of flowers.)

Flower Meanings – S

Sadness ……… Dead leaves

Safe ……… Ginger

Safety ……… Broom, traveler’s joy

Scholarship ………. Coral bells, orchid, especially cymbidium

Self-esteem ………. Narcissus

Self-love ………. Narcissus

Sensibility ………. Sensitive plant

Sentimental recollections ………. Aster, Silver King Artemisia

Separation ………. Carolina jasmine

Serenity ………. Willow

Showy ………. Lisianthus

Shyness ………. Peony, rose-colored rose

Silence ……… white rose

Silliness ………. Cockscomb

Simplicity ………. Daisy, English daisy, violet

Sincerity ………. Fern, satin flower, anemone, honesty

Skill ………. Purple coneflower

Sleekness ………. Glossy abelia

Sleep ………. Hops, poppy, especially white

Softness ………. Lamb’s ears

Softness, feminine ………. Peach

Solitude ………. Globeflower

Soothes the tremblings and passions of the heart ………. Lavender

Soothing ………. Dill

Sorrow ………. Primrose, purple rose, yarrow, yew

Speak your mind ………. Borage

Spectacular ………. Mexican sage

Spiritual energy ………. Pine

Splendor ………. Cardinal flower, Turk’s-cap lily

Sport ………. Hyacinth, especially blue

Steadfastness ………. Oak, bamboo

Stoicism ………. Box

Stratagem ………. Walnut

Strength ………. Fennel, garlic, lovage, oak, thyme

Strength of character ……… gladiolus

Strength of mind ……… walnut

Strengthens the memory ………. Rosemary

Studious pursuit ………. Olive

Stupidity ……… scarlet geranium

Submission ………. Grass

Success ………. Laurel, lavender

The sun ………. Pot marigold

Superstition ………. St. John’s Wort

Support ………. Lamb’s ears

Surprise ………. truffle, lamb’s ears

Suspicion ………. Mushroom

Sweet dreams ………. Phlox

Sweetness ………. Delphinium, lilac, magnolia, pinks, sweet violet

Sweetness of character derived from good works ………. Cherry, cherry-red rose

Sympathy ………. Lemon balm, sea statice, thrift

Flower Meanings – T

Talent ………. Oregano

Taste ………. Fuchsia, pinks

Temptation ………. Apple, quince

Tenacity ………. Ivy

The testes ………. Pinecone

Thank you ………. Daisy fleabane

Thanks ……… Parsley

Thinness ………. Fennel

Thoughtlessness ………. Mandevilla

Thoughts ………. Pansy

Thoughts, happy ……… Heartsease, Johnny-jump-up

Thoughts of absent friends ……… Zinnia

Thoughts of heaven ………. Viburnum

Thrift ………. Thrift

Thriving ………. Blackberry lily

Timidity ………. Four-o-clock, Violet

Tiredness, prevents ……….. Mugwort

A token of affection ………… Oxeye daisy, Viburnum

Too young to love ………. White rosebud

Tranquility ………. Stonecrop/Sedum

Transient happiness ………. Spiderwort

Transient impressions ………. Withered white rose

Transport of joy ………. Gardenia, Jasmine

Travel ………. Mugwort

Travelers luck ………. Sea holly

Tree of life ………. Arborvitae

Triteness ………. Quince

Trinity ……… three-leaf clover

Truthfulness ……… ivy

Trustworthiness ……… honesty

Truth ………. Anemone, bittersweet, white chrysanthemum, oak

 

Flower Meanings – U

 

Unceasing remembrance ……… Silver King Artemesia

Unchanged for eternity ……… Clematis

Unchanging friendship …… Arborvitae

Unexpected meeting ……… Lemon-scented geranium

Unfaithfulness ………. Yellow rose

Unfortunate attachment ………. Pincushion flower

Unity ………. White or red rose, allium/flowering onion

Uprightness ……… Bamboo

Usefulness ……… Grape Hyacinth

 

Flower Meanings – V

 

Vanity ………. Rocket

Variety ……. Aster, rosa mundi

The varying course of life ………. Magnolia and red flowers together

Vengeance ……… Scot’s thistle

Victory ……… Red rose, Spirea

Vigilance ………. Spring starflower

Vigorous life ………. Pine

Virtue ………. Lemon mint, oak, rue, sage, especially pineapple

Virtuous, sweet ………. Bee balm

Vision ………. Rue

Vitality ………. Champagne rose

Voluptuousness ………… cyclamen, tuberose, moss rose

Voraciousness ………. Lupine

Vulgar minded ………. African marigold

 

Flower Meanings – W

 

Wait for me ………. Evening primrose

Wantonness ………. Butterfly bush

War ………. Yarrow

Wards off evil ………. Lavender cotton

Warm friendship ………. Pine

Warm-hearted ………. Cyclamen, especially white

Warming ………. Ginger

Warmth ………. Feverfew, peppermint

Warmth of feeling ………. Mint

Warmth of sentiment ………. Spearmint

Wealth ………. Tigerlily

Wearisomeness, helps against ………. Chamomile

Wedded love ………. Ivy

Wedding ………. Stephanotis

Welcome ………. Pineapple, pineapple mint, safflower, spurge

Welcome fair stranger ………. Wisteria

Welcome-home-husband-however-drunk-ye-be………. Stonecrop

Welcome to a new home ………. Juniper

Well-being ………. Delphinium

Whimsy ………. Bells-of-Ireland

Widowhood ………. Pincushion flower

Will you accompany me to the East? ………. Stephanotis

Wisdom ………. Rosemary, sage, blue salvia

Wise administration ……… pear

A wish ………. Foxglove

Wishes, best ………. basil

Wishes come true ………. Dandelion, heather

Wishes granted ……….. gooseneck loosestrife

Wit, ill-timed ………. Wood sorrel

The womb ………. fig

Womb plant ………. Creeping jenny

Work, hard ………. Coral bells, clover

Worldly goods ………. Wheat

Worldly pleasures ……….. astilbe

Worth beyond beauty ………. Sweet alyssum

Worthy of all praise ………. Fennel

 

Flower Meanings – Y

 

You are a prophet ………. St.-John’s-Wort

You are childish! ………. Geranium

You are dazzling but dangerous ……… snapdragon

You are delicious! ………. Strawberry

You are lovely ……… pnk rosebud

You are rich in attractions ………. Ranunculus

You are unjust! ………. Gentian

You cannot deceive me ……… Japanese lily

You light up my life! ………. Feverfew

You occupy my thoughts ………. Pansy, purple violet

You pierce my heart ………. Gladiolus

You will always be lovely ……… double pinks

A young girl ……… pink rosebud

Your ignorance of love is sweet! ………. Rosebud

You image is engraven on my heart! ……… euonymus

Your looks freeze me! ………. Ice plant

Your presence revives me! ………. Rosemary

Your qualities, like your charms, are unequalled! ………. Peach rose

Your smile bewitches me! ………. Scarlet geranium

Your whims are quite unbearable ………bee balm

Your wiles are irresistible ………. Bergamot

Youth ………. Lilac, rosebud

Youth, early ……….primrose

Youthful gladness ………. Crocus

Youthful innocence ………. White lilac

 

Flower Meanings – Z

 

Zeal ………. Elderberry

Zest ………. lemon

Read also: Names of Flowers According to Traditional Calendars

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