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Flower Symbology: Pick the Right Flower Every Time

Flowers are used for so many occasions, including weddings, funerals, birthdays, and all other holidays and celebrations. The different fragrances and the buoyant colors of flowers have given way for them to have unique symbolism that dates back to the earliest times in the history of the world. Flowers also allow you to make a personal statement about how you are feeling and your wishes for the loved ones in your life, so choosing just the right flower for any occasion is often met with deliberation and conscious thought.

Listed below are some of the more common flowers used in floral arrangements, bouquets, and for special events. Some of the flowers listed have negativity associated with them, so you might to want to avoid picking them. Next to each of these flowers is their symbolic representation. Use this list for helping you decide what flowers you want for your next event.

  

Flower

Symbolic Meaning

Ambrosia

Love is reciprocated

Azalea

Chinese symbol for womanhood; take care of thyself

Baby's

Breath Purity, innocence

Barberry

Sourness

Beech Tree

Prosperity

Bellflower

Gratitude; indiscretion

Bluebell

Everlasting love

Buttercup

Childish behavior

Cactus

Enduring love

Camellia

Undying love; perfection

Carnation

Never forget me; I can never forget you

Cherry-Tree

Education

Chrysanthemum

Friendship; truth

Crocus

Cheerfulness

Crown-Imperial

Power; reign

Cypress

Sorrow; mourning

Daffodil

My only one; my sunshine

Daisy

Pure love; innocence

Daisy (wild)

Do you love me?

Dandelion

Happiness; being faithful

Dragon-Plant

Dread

Fern

Fascination; magic

Fir

Time; enduring

Forget-Me-Not

Total remembrance; true love

Gardenia

A secret love awaits you

Geranium Rose

Preference; I choose you

Grape Vine

Intoxication

Helenium

I miss you

Hibiscus

Delicate beauty

Holly

Happy at home; domestic satisfaction

 

Hop

Injustice

 

Hyacinth

Playful; rashness

 

Iris

A message

 

Ivy

Friendship

 

Larkspur

Joyful; carefree

 

Lilac

Humility; early love; youth

 

Magnolia

Nobility

 

Marigold

Cruelty; jealousy

 

Mistletoe

Kiss me; affection

 

Mulberry

Devoted

 

Narcissus

Egotistical; selfishness

 

Orange

Blossom Marriage; fruitfulness

 

Orchid

Love; beauty

 

Pansy

Thoughtful; merriment

 

Peony

Happy marriage; joyous life

 

Periwinkle

Sweet remembrance

 

Petunia

Anger and resentment

 

Poppy

Wealth; pleasure; consolation

 

Primrose

Never leave me; I need you

 

Rose

Beauty; refinement

 

Rosebud

Youth; innocence

 

Saffron

Abuse

 

Sunflower

Pride; sunshine

 

Tiger-Flower

Cruelty

 

Tulip

Declaration of love; perfect lover

 

Violet

Modesty

 

Water Lilly

Wise; pure in heart; Eloquence

 

Wisteria

Welcome

 

Zinnia

Remembrance; constancy

 

 

Flower of the Month

Certain flowers are designated as the flower for a particular month. Here is a list of the 12 months, and what the flowers mean.

 

Month

Flower/Meaning

January

Prunus represents winter and symbolizes beauty.

February

Peach Blossom signifies charm against evil.

March

Tree Peony represents spring. It also symbolizes health, riches, honor, and love.

April

Cherry Blossom is associated with feminine beauty.

May

Magnolia represents feminine sweetness and beauty.

June

Pomegranate Blossom says "Let me love you."

July

Lotus Flower represents summer. It also symbolizes creative power

August

Pear Blossom signifies wise and benevolent administration.

September

Mallow Kuei Hua is the flower of the sun.

October

Chrysanthemum represents autumn and symbolizes solid friendship.

November

Gardenia sends the promise of a secret love.

December

Poppy represents wealth and pleasure.


Flowers will always be in style, and never go out of fashion. There are no real "rules" for what flowers you must choose for any occasion. These symbolic meanings are hardly ever considered nowadays. It is pretty neat, though, to see what they have meant to others over the years, and the fascination that they still hold for us today.