From the origins and ancient stories behind their names to the unique & distinctive characteristics associated with them, every flower has its own special meaning. Discover the symbolism behind some of your favorite blooms below.
Also known as the Peruvian lily or the Lily of the Incas, alstroemeria symbolizes friendship and devotion. The leaves of this flower twist as they grow upside down from the blooms, which is said to represent the twisting path that friendship can take.
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Originally named after the lovestruck nymph the flower was said to have sprung from (a story from Greek mythology), it developed into the symbol of a job well done during Victorian times. Now known as the Christmas lily, the amaryllis is thought to bring joy to the home.
Asters get their name from the Greek word “Astron,” which refers to astronomy and the stars. And while the flowers do resemble a star in their shape, they have come to represent love and patience, making them the ideal gift for a 20th wedding anniversary, symbolizing the longevity of the relationship.
Carnations may have several meanings, each dependent on the color. White represents purity of love, while light red means admiration. Dark red carnations are associated with deep love, and purple is said to represent whimsy. Pink carnations are considered the most spiritual and represent a mother's love.
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The meaning of a chrysanthemum changes depending on the color of the bloom. Red flowers symbolize both fidelity and love, while white blooms are associated with truth. A yellow flower, however, is usually meant to represent unrequited love.
Cremones are a type of chrysanthemum, and have the same meaning and symbolism as those flowers. The may be associated with love, truth or heartbreak, depending upon the color of the bloom.
Daffodils are often thought to represent the regard in which you hold someone.. However, the meaning may also change with how many you send; for example, one daffodil can mean misfortune, but several can be seen as representing joy.
Daisies have long been used as a symbol of innocence and youth. They may also stand for purity or lasting love. The daisy is also the traditional flower used to play the game of, "He loves me, he loves me not", while removing the petals of the bloom.
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Delphiniums are a symbol of reaching the impossible, and are associated with dreamers everywhere. They also represent fun, lightheartedness and levity in situations, and may indicate attachment when given as a gift.
Freesia is thought to represent thoughtfulness. It's frequently sent as a gift to show trust in another person, and is often included in a bouquet for a young girl, sometimes paired with daisies or other white flowers representing innocence or purity.
Like other daisies, Gerbera daisies are often associated with innocence and youth. Unique to the Gerbera is its association with happiness and cheerfulness. This flower may also be associated with longing for those who are away.
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The birth flower for the month of August, gladioli are said to represent strength of character, in part due to their resemblance to a sword. The gladiolus can also be associated with the many attributes that make up this trait, including generosity and sincerity as well as the remembrance of others.
Hydrangeas are most often associated with emotions that are close to the heart, including gratitude, joy and forgiveness, but are also said to represent heartlessness, representing both sides of love and relationships. The flower gets its name from its intense need of water, with hydrangea roughly translating to "water barrel" in Japanese.
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Lilac flowers represent new love. They're also the traditional gift of the 8th wedding anniversary and the state flower of New Hampshire, symbolizing the hardiness of the state's residents.
Lilies have several meanings, depending upon which variety of the flower you choose. The lily may mean peace, beauty, sweetness, or symbolize a mother's love. White lilies symbolize purity, while the red variety is associated with passionate aspirations.
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The lisianthus is the flower most commonly associated with gratitude. It's also often presented as a gift to let someone know you are thinking of them, or that you are holding them in your thoughts and appreciation.
The orchid is well known as the symbol of rare beauty. This bloom is frequently associated with sensuality, with the gift of an orchid said to represent desire for the recipient. For some, the orchid can also represent personal pride and thoughtfulness.
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In addition to being the state flower of Indiana, and the traditional flower for 12th wedding anniversaries, peonies are also considered to be the flower of prosperity and riches in China, and are also associated with a happy life and a happy marriage, dating back to the Victorian era.
Originally known to represent purity to the Aztecs, poinsettias have more recently become a symbol of Christmas, sometimes known as the Christmas Star flower. This association arose from a Mexican story of a child picking a bouquet of weeds, which blossomed into beautiful red and green flowers.
Roses are associated with numerous meanings and symbols. The red rose a symbol of true love and passion, while the yellow rose symbolizes friendship. White roses mean purity, as well as the beginning of a relationship, while pink roses mean happiness.
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Sunflowers are often associated with adoration, as well as with dedication. The flower is usually used as a symbol for true, dedicated and long-lasting love. It was also once worshipped by the Incas as a symbol of the Sun God, and is still viewed as a symbol for the sun in many cultures to this day.
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Tulips also have different meanings depending on the color. Yellow tulips are representative of cheerfulness, while white implies forgiveness. A purple tulip is thought to represent royalty, while red represents passion. This may be why the tulip is often given as a gift on the 11th wedding anniversary.