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45 Flower Meanings: Discover the Significance Behind Each Bloom

written by Marina Strong October 9, 2018
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Blooms of every shape and color are gorgeous, but did you know that each has its own unique significance? Read on to discover 45 flower meanings, from roses (passionate love) to gardenias (purity).


1.  Alstroemeria

Peruvian Lily

Alstroemeria is a beautiful flower that represents fortune, devotion and friendship. Alstroemeria comes in a wide variety of shades, including white, pink, red, orange, purple and yellow. You can even find them in rare royal or grape purple. They’re often two-toned and freckled, giving them a bit more depth and interest. A single stem has an average of four blooms, along with some great sword-shaped greenery that adds color and volume.

2. Amaryllis

Amaryllis symbolizes pride, determination and radiant beauty. The word “amaryllis” comes from the Greek word “amaryssein,” which means “to sparkle.” Often associated with the holidays, amaryllis are commonly used in festive centerpieces or within a wreath. There’s no wrong way to use these hardy blooms.  Amaryllis is a wonderfully versatile flower that packs a big punch with several show-stopping blooms on each broad stem.

3. Anemones


Also known as windflowers, anemones symbolize anticipation and are thought to bring luck and protect against evil. They’re a highly sought-after wedding flower that comes in a variety of both natural and tinted shades. Colors include red, hot pink, burgundy, blue and purple. If you’re not a fan of the black centers, they’re also available with pale green centers! Pair anemones with larkspur and waxflower to attain an on-trend wildflower look!

4. Anthurium


Tropical anthurium is an exotic flower that symbolizes hospitality and also represents kindness, making these heart-shaped blooms a perfect addition to your home. These flowers have a waxy appearance and come in six vibrant colors. They pair well with other standout blooms like protea, orchids, and roses.

5. Astilbe


The astilbe flower is also known as false spirea, false goat’s beard, or feather flower and they are said to have the meaning of “I will be waiting for you’ or ‘I’ll still be waiting,” symbolizing patience and dedication to a loved one. But don’t let their delicate look fool you, they are actually pretty hardy flowers. The flowers sit on strong green stems above airy, green foliage. Each stem features a plume of feather-shaped branches that hold clusters of small flowers, resulting in a beautiful, feathery soft bloom. Astilbe is available in white, red and several shades of pink.

6. Bouvardia


Bouvardia symbolizes enthusiasm, and are named in honor of Charles Bouvard, who ran the Royal Gardens in Paris during the reign of Louis XIII. Bouvardia features beautiful clusters of flowers shaped like stars on delicate branches, and are available in yellow, pink, red, peach and white. Bouvardia is also referred to as royal katty, albatross and pink luck.


7. Bird of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Bird of Paradise symbolizes joy and paradise. This tropical flower (a.k.a. the crane flower) also represents faithfulness, thoughtfulness and love. The hard, beak-like part of the flower is known as spathe, and gives the flower the appearance of a bird’s head and beak since it is perpendicular to the stem. Once bloomed, each stem features three vibrant orange petals and three blue petals.


8. Calla Lilies

calla lily

Named after the Greek word for beauty, calla lilies are a traditional symbol of marriage and are used to celebrate major transitions in life. Calla lilies altogether exemplify “magnificent beauty,” while white calla lilies especially represent purity, honesty and innocence, making them a popular choice for wedding bouquets. Other than white, calla lilies also come in shades of pink, purple, yellow, orange and more.


9. Carnations


Carnations, like roses and some other flowers, have slightly different symbolism for the different colors. As a whole, they are said to symbolize pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration, while a pink carnation symbolizes the love of a woman or a mother. A white carnation symbolizes innocence and pure love. Use single stems throughout your arrangements for a pop of fun color, or bunch three to five stems together to create a ruffled focal flower that may just be mistaken for a peony!

10. Celosia


Celosia, also known as coxcomb, symbolize uncomplicated affection. They are sought after for their incredible texture and unusual style. We offer both coxcomb and feather varieties in numerous striking colors. Our coxcomb celosia has a fan-shaped bloom with velvet frills. On average, the bloom size is 3-5 inches and has a stem length of 30 inches long. The feather variety is just as unique, its multiple laterals create a feathery-like look and have a soft touch too. These coral-like flowers blend fabulously with garden roses, billy balls, protea, snapdragons and the list goes on.

11. Chrysanthemums


This cheerful flower has been said to symbolize fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. Often called mums, these fun blossoms can also convey loyal love, hope and cherished friendship. They’re known to be long-lasting, low-maintenance and very affordable. Pair white chrysanthemums with lisianthus, roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and seeded eucalyptus for a classic bouquet.


12. Cornflowers

blue cornflower

Cornflowers are fun and whimsical wildflowers that feature a brilliant true blue color. These flowers have a ball-like center with frilly petals surrounding the eye and can range in size from 1/2 an inch to 1 inch. Also known as boutonniere flowers or bachelor buttons, legend has it that cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if his love was returned the flower would remain bright and fresh, however, if the man’s love was not returned, the flower would fade quickly. No wonder cornflowers make popular boutonnieres!



13. Daffodils


Daffodils are a springtime staple that signifies rebirth and new beginnings. These star-shaped blooms tend to be overlooked and under-appreciated, but they have so much potential. Daffodils are both beautiful and affordable. In addition to their bright, classic color, daffodils are also offered in a combination of both, white and yellow, and orange and white. They also come in all-white, too. No matter the shade, you’ll find daffodils in both standard, mini and double varieties.

14. Dahlias

Burgundy Berry Dahlia

Dahlias are said to represent dignity, elegance and good taste. They’re a wedding favorite, available in a wide variety of bold, bright and beautiful shapes and colors. Their large blooms provide the perfect amount of fullness and elegance! Historically, dahlias have symbolized the lasting bond and commitment created between two people, which makes them a wonderful representation of marriage.

15. Daisies


Daisies symbolize new beginnings and innocence. These gorgeous spring flowers are commonly used as both focal and filler flowers in wildflower and rustic designs. They’re known as a spray variety, meaning each stem has an average spray of 3 to 5 colorful blooms. When combined with a mixture of other fillers, greenery, and a few accent flowers, daisies can truly stand out!


16. Delphinium


Delphinium represents lightheartedness and vivacity. What a beautiful flower meaning! The English word delphinium comes from the Greek word for dolphin, which is delphis. The name is fitting, thanks to the long and lean shape of flower that looks like the gentle mammal of the sea. Delphinium is also commonly known as larkspur.


17. Freesia


A great flower for adding texture, freesia symbolizes sweetness, innocence and thoughtfulness. Freesia is known for its sweet scent. These fragrant flowers have about 3-5 funnel-shaped blooms and have an average stem length of 10 to 20 inches long. Freesia looks absolutely beautiful as a stand-alone option, and also make a stunning addition to almost any arrangement. You can find freesia in a variety of colors such as white, purple, orange, yellow and more.

18. Garden Roses

garden rose

Garden roses are a classic choice for wedding flowers and they go with almost every theme. Just like standard roses, these large blooms have similar respective flower meanings. Garden roses are gorgeous, full-bodied roses, that often feature a lovely fresh scent, and are available year-round. Their lush, ruffled petal, full bloom makes them irresistible!


19. Gardenia


Gardenia has been a classic wedding flower choice for generations. This sweet, fragrant flower symbolizes a few different things like purity, love and sophistication, making them a perfect pick for a bridal arrangement. Their paper-white petals and lush, evergreen foliage make them irresistible and versatile. If you choose to incorporate these blooms into your design, you’ll need to create a faux stem, often wired or glued.


20. Gerbera Daisies

gerbera daisy

A part of the daisy family, gerbera daisies specifically conveys cheerfulness. How could you not be cheerful with these bold blooms? They’re widely known as a flower for all seasons and they come in both, standard and mini varieties. With more than 10 colors to pick from and a variety of different textures, you’re bound to find the perfect flower for your design.


21. Gladiolus


A striking, long-stemmed flower filled with blooms from bottom to top, the gladiolus symbolizes generosity, sincerity, a strength of character, faithfulness and honor. Gladiolus can add height, balance and color! We offer these gorgeous flowers in an array of colors that include purple, orange, white, red, green and many shades of pink.


22. Heather


Heather represents good luck and also admiration. In sixteenth century Scotland, soldiers used to even wear white heather in their caps to bring them not only luck but protection. To this day, Scottish brides include white heather in their wedding bouquets for good luck. Heather comes in lovely shades of white, purple, pink and green.


23. Hellebores


Hellebores have been a staple for many florists for quite some time. Although the symbolism of the flower isn’t crystal clear, the one thing that is known for sure is its beauty and ability to add interest into any floral arrangement!

Hellebores have a beautiful, natural bend to their stems and have five round petals that come in an array of beautiful colors and patterns; ranging anywhere from white-green, mauve-y pink, and all the way to deep purple shades. On each stem, you’ll find 3-5 blooms with a special pattern like specks, swirls, or gradient. Available in the spring, these versatile blooms pair well with flowers like ranunculus, roses, anemones or any bloom that has a romantic feel.


24. Hyacinth


Hyacinths represent playfulness and sport. Greek legend has it that a young man Hyakinthos was loved by the Gods, and when he was killed by a discus, the flower that grew from his blood was christened a hyacinth in his name.

Hyacinth come in an array of colors, including a beautiful farm mix pack. These fragrant flowers have multiple star-shaped blooms, delicately clustered toward the top of each stem. Although their stem length is not very long (on average around 10 inches long–bloom included), they can be easily incorporated into any tall arrangement with the help of a pick and floral wire.


25. Hydrangeas


These large, full-bloom flowers are said to represent heartfelt emotions and perseverance. They can also be used to express gratitude for being understood. Naturally, hydrangeas come in shades of white, pink, green and blue (it’s one of the few flowers that have a natural, true blue color!). But thanks to the technology of floral sprays and intravenous tinting, we’re able to offer hydrangeas in just about any color!


26. Iris


Irises are associated with wisdom and trust. Each stem features a beautiful bloom with delicate petals and a striking yellow color. Iris is known as a springtime flower, but it is available year-round. You can find iris in a variety of colors such as white, yellow, purple and a couple shades of blue.


27. Lilac


Lilac has different flower meanings throughout different cultures and times, for example, magenta lilac is said to symbolize love and passion, where as lilac (the soft purple color) is said to symbolize a first love. Lilac is an excellent choice for adding texture and fullness to an arrangement. They come in beautiful shades of purple, white and blush. They’re offered in three varieties, which are standard, premium and designer.


28. Lilies

oriental lily

Lilies are a royal flower that symbolizes purity and refined beauty. More specifically, a white lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, while an orange lily symbolizes passion and pride.

Lilies have a star-shaped shaped bloom that features an average of 3 to 5 blooms per stem. They’re available year-round and are offered in several beautiful colors. In addition to their stunning beauty, lilies offer a sweet scent. Some varieties that have a softer aroma include hybrid lilies and asiatic lilies.

29. Lily of the Valley

Lily of The Valley

Like the lily, the lily of the valley represents purity, and also happiness, sweetness and humility. The popular flower has small, dainty, bell-shaped blooms and is particularly popular for spring bouquets.



30. Lisianthus


Lisianthus has a variety of meanings, including gratitude, charm, and an everlasting bond. Its bell-shaped, ruffled blooms are available in pink, purple, white, apricot, yellow and green.




31. Orchids

Orange Orchid

Exotic beauty, glorious femininity, refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm are just some of the meanings associated with orchids.

Whether you’re planning a summer bash or a cozy fall celebration, these blooms are a suitable choice with their exotic and luxurious appeal. There are many unique colors and varieties to choose from, with over 20,000 species orchid in existence, so the options are almost endless.

32. Peonies

Gardenia Peony

This flower symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity. It can also be used to express bashfulness and compassion.

Peonies are known for their large ruffled blooms and sweet floral scent, which makes them all but irresistible, these stunning symbols are one of the most sought-after flowers available, and with good reason.

33. Poinsettia


The bright red poinsettia is often affiliated with the holidays, but year round, it stands for good cheer, celebration and reassurance. This flower is perfect for winter brides.




34. Protea


This eye-catching flower is known to symbolize change and transformation. It also represents diversity and courage.

Protea has uniquely-shaped, wild-looking blossoms and a long vase life if handled properly. They can also withstand high-heat environments, making them a hardy choice for summer events. Step out of the box by pairing this statement bloom with yellow billy balls, blue thistle and succulents for a rustic look!



35. Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Annes Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace symbolizes sanctuary. The filler flower features a distinct, blood-red dot in the center, which is said to represent a drop of Queen Anne’s blood that fell from her finger onto handmade lace. The flower is also referred to as bird’s nest, wild carrot and bishop’s lace.


36. Ranunculus


Ranunculus conveys the message that you are radiant with charm, and/or very attractive.

These fantastic buds are the perfect choice when adding depth and texture to floral arrangements. Their soft, round shape and abundance of delicate petals make them a unique addition to anything from elegant bridal bouquets to modern, pared-down centerpieces. Ranunculus are also available in a host of fun and beautiful colors, helping them pair well with almost any theme or pattern.



37. Roses


All roses symbolize passionate love, but specific meanings are associated with each color (read up on the different rose color meanings!).

These traditional blooms are versatile, long-lasting and fragrant. They are perfect for special occasions and “just because” moments. With many varieties and colors to choose from, you really just can’t go wrong with roses!

38. Snapdragons


Snapdragons are said to represent graciousness. They make an elegant choice for adding height and texture to an arrangement and are more than capable of standing on their own in a bouquet or centerpiece. Our snapdragons are offered in twelve different colors plus a farm mix package too!


39. Statice


Statice is another popular filler flower rife with meaning. The flower, which comes in blue, white, red, yellow, pink and purple, represents success, sympathy or remembrance, which makes it appropriate for a variety of occasions.



40. Stock


Stock stands for beauty everlasting and a joyous happy life. It also symbolizes a lasting, loving bond. This filler flower comes in white, pink, purple and peach. The flower has a delicious clove-like scent and is also known as the gillyflower.



41. Sunflowers


Since sunflowers follow the light of the sun, it is said that they represent warmth, adoration and dedication or dedicated love. 

We offer several varieties of sunflowers, from traditional yellow with black centers to red-enhanced, and most of the varieties are available year-round, so you’re bound to find the perfect option for your event. Sunflowers look beautiful on their own, but pair nicely with many other flowers, like feverfew daisies, roses, solidago, lisianthus and more.




42. Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Like roses, sweet peas have different flower meanings depending on their color. However, they’re commonly known to symbolize appreciation and departure.

Sweet peas have a lovely fragrance and an irresistible ruffled look. These multi-florals come with about 3 to 5 blooms per stem. Sweet peas range in colors from pastel pink to bright yellow. They’re mostly used in garden-style bouquets and centerpieces. Sweet peas are gorgeous on their own but pair seamlessly with other spring flowers like peonies, garden roses and tulips.



43. Tulips


Tulips tend to mostly be associated with sweet, pastel-hued floral arrangements around Easter time. However, tulips are capable of packing a serious punch in terms of color, texture, and volume in everything from bouquets to aisle arrangements.

Given that tulips represent the perfect love, adding them to your bridal bouquet signifies a declaration of your love and faithfulness to your partner. In addition to standard tulips — which can showcase some really cool multi-tonal centers — you can also choose from feathered fringe tulips, large french tulips, bold double tulips, and ruffly parrot tulips!



44. Xerographica Tillandsia

Tillandsia air plant

The xerographica tillandsia, more commonly known as an air plant, is a plant that has few or no roots, therefore can live without soil, and can get water and nutrients from the air. Because they don’t need soil and have such a unique look, they are perfect for the dreamer!

Air plants are eco-friendly, easy to use and can be used almost anywhere in wedding and home decor! From bouquets and boutonnieres to unique place card holders and centerpieces, you could even create a lush, living art piece, perfect for a ceremony backdrop or just spicing up an empty wall.



45. Yarrow

cottage yarrow

For years yarrow (also known as Achillea millefolium) has been used for agricultural and medicinal purposes, but they’ve been used in floral design too.

Yarrow features multiple blooms per stem that cluster together to create the look of one large flower head. It has a fresh, herby-scent and provides the perfect pop of color. With proper care, yarrow can last up to five days and they’re also heat-tolerant flowers, so you don’t have to worry about them wilting.


46. Baby’s Breath

baby's breath

Baby’s breath, also known as gypsophila, is said to symbolize everlasting love, innocence and purity. Baby’s breath is often thought of as a filler flower, but it can make quite an elegant statement all on its own, think fluffy cloud-likee arrangements. It can fit with any theme, from vintage to modern, rustic to garden.

There are two types of baby’s breath: million star baby’s breath and new love baby’s breath. Million star is a classic variety and what most people think of when they think of baby’s breath. Named because each stem has a spray of many tiny white blooms that give it the appearance of a million stars. New love baby’s breath is very similar but the blooms are slightly larger.

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