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Flower Meanings

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Many flowers traditionally have a specific meaning that they convey when given as a gift. This is a guide about flower meanings.


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April 2, 2005

Certain types or colors of flowers mean different things, and you don't want to send the wrong message if you give them as a gift! Of course, not everyone knows what a particular flower means, but you can never be too sure!

Flower Name and/or Color -- Flower Meanings


Carnation (General) - Fascination
Carnation, Pink - Emblem of Mother's Day, I will never forget you
Carnation, Purple - Antipathy and Capriciousness
Carnation, Red - Admiration, my heart aches for you
Carnation, Striped - No, Sorry, I cannot be with you
Carnation, White - Pure Love, Sweet Love, Innocence
Carnation, Yellow - Disdain and Rejection


Lily, Calla - Majestic Beauty
Lily, Day - Coquetry
Lily, Orange - Hatred and Disdain, Wealth, Pride
Lily, White - Majesty and Purity, Virginity
Lily of the Valley - Purity and Humility, Sweetness


Rose, Coral/Orange - Enthusiasm, Desire
Rose, Dark Pink - Thank you
Rose, Light Pink - Admiration
Rose, Musk - Capricious Beauty
Rose, Pale - Friendship


Rose, Peach - Let's get together, Closing of the deal
Rose, Pink - Love, Grace, Gentility, You're so Lovely
Rose, Pink & White - Love, Desire, Respect, Courage, Job well done
Rose, Red - Majesty and Purity, Virginity
Rose, Red & Yellow - Congratulations
Rose, White - Charm, Secrecy, Silence, You're Heavenly
Rose, White on Red - Unity/Flower Emblem of England
Rose, Yellow - Infidelity, Joy, Friendship, Welcome Back, Remember me
Rose, Yellow & Orange - Passionate thoughts


Tulip - Symbol of The Perfect Lover
Tulip, Red - Believe me, Declaration of love
Tulip, Variegated - Beautiful eyes


Daffodil - Emblem of Annunciation/Regard, Unrequited love
Daisy - Gentleness, Innocence, Loyal love
Iris - Faith, Wisdom, Valor, Your Friendship means so much
Orchid - Magnificence, Love, Beauty, Refinement


Sunflower - Homage and Devotion

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