In Victorian times, certain flowers
had specific meanings because the
flower selection was limited and
people used more symbols and
gestures to communicate than
words. But today, with so many
flower choices, there are no rules -
it's the sentiment that gives the gift
its meaning. a flower or color that
might remind them of a special
event or moment in their lives.
Meanings of Flowers
The Alstroemeria is actually a flower that is perennials, so they
live for a long time. This flower is native to South America and
there are over 120 species of it that are out there. This
beautiful flowering plant really stands out and it looks great.
Legend has it that the amaryllis - the stunning red flower
we've come to associate with the holidays - began as a shy,
timid nymph. Amaryllis fell deeply in love with Alteo, a
shepherd with Hercules' strength and Apollo's beauty, but
her affections were unrequited.
The name anemone comes from the Greek word for
"windflower." According to Greek mythology, the
anemone sprang from Aphrodite's tears as she
mourned the death of Adonis.
With their open, heart-shaped
flowers and tropical disposition,
it's no wonder that anthurium
have come to symbolize
Bird of Paradise
Bearing an unmistakable
resemblance to a brightly colored
bird in flight, bird of paradise are
native to south Africa and
represent joyfulness and (not
surprisingly) paradise itself.
Named after Charles Bouvard, the
personal physician to Louis XIII and the
superintendent of the Royal Gardens in
Paris, modern varieties of bouvardia have
names such as Pink Luck, Albatross and
Royal Katty. Their star-like flowers grow
in clusters on thin, branching stems, like
small flower bouquets in soft shades of
pink, white, yellow, salmon and red.
Today, carnations can be found in a
wide range of colors, and while in
general they express love, fascination
and distinction, virtually every color
carries a unique and rich association.
White carnations suggest pure love and
good luck, light red symbolizes
admiration, while dark red represents
deep love and affection.
The Calla lily is a beautiful flower,
oddly enough, a Calla lily is not
even a lily, and it is in the Araceae
family and is actually poisonous.
The Calla lily is also known as the
Arum lily so it can be called both
Calla Lily Flower
If there a flower that is common and that everyone knows, it
is the daisy. There are all kinds of great varieties of the daisy
and people absolutely love them. It is probably just as
common as the rose, but the cost is so much less and this is a
great flower to give friends and family or to grow
This flower has some deep
floral meanings, it actually
says You are lovely and it is even a symbol of a
secret love. This is a great
gift for those of us that
are true romantics, think
Romeo and Juliet style.
Gerbera is an ornamental plant
from the sunflower family
(Asteraceae). It was named in
honor of the German naturalist
Traugott Gerber. Gerbera is the
fifth most important cut flower in
the world. The Gerbera flower
suggests enduring purity.
Named for the shape of their leaves,
gladioli from the Latin word
gladius meaning sword have a history than spans from Africa to the
strength and moral integrity, gladioli
also represent infatuation, with a
bouquet conveying to a recipient
that they pierce the givers heart with passion.
Today, its the beautiful heather flower in colors ranging from white to pink, purple and red that
draw our attention. Symbolizing admiration and
good luck, heather is also believed have protective
First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes
from the Greek hydro meaning water, and angos
meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to
water barrel referring to the hydrangeas need for
plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower.
The iris's mythology dates back to
Ancient Greece, when the goddess
Iris, who personified the rainbow
(the Greek word for iris), acted as
the link between heaven and earth.
It's said that purple irises were
planted over the graves of women
to summon the goddess Iris to
guide them in their journey to
Everyone loves the lily, this is a
flower that is known really well and
that people appreciate throughout
the world. The great thing about the
lily is that the uses really are endless;
it can be used for just about anything
that you can think of.
The most highly coveted of
ornamental plants, the delicate,
exotic and graceful orchid represents
love, luxury, beauty and strength.
You will see that the orchid really
has morphed, been cultivated, and
has had all kinds of great flowers
come out of it.
Long a symbol of love and passion, the
ancient Greeks and Romans associated
roses with Aphrodite and Venus,
goddesses of love. Used for hundreds
of years to convey messages without
words, they also represent
Derived from the Greek words anti, meaning like, and rhin, meaning nose, antirrhinum, the snapdragons
botanical name, is a fitting description of this snout-shaped
flower. Its said that the common name for this colorful flower comes from the snap it makes when the sides of the
dragons mouth are gently squeezed.
Grown for both its colorful flowers and
its everlasting calyx (the green leaf that
encloses the flower bud), statice is also
considered an herb, referred to as sea lavender. Statice is commonly used in dried flower arrangements as well as
A symbol of happy life and contented existence, the
stock flower, with its sweet, heady-scented blooms, is
native to Southwestern Greece and the
Mediterranean. Typically found in white, pink, red or
lilac, stock is also called gillyflower or Virginia stock.
While their distinctive and brilliant
appearance makes it easy to see why
sunflowers have long held our
fascination, when they were first
grown in Central and South America,
it was more for their usefulness than
beauty. And perhaps this unique
combination of striking beauty and
utility is, in part, why sunflowers
have appeared as such revered
symbols throughout the ages.
In the language of flowers, tulips have
their own meaning and symbolism. In
general the tulip flowers mean perfect
love and a true, passionate lover. They
means fame, passion and romance. And
of course, tulip flowers are always
associated with spring. Blooming in a
multitude of colors, they are a vibrant,
timeless symbol of spring.