For years, flowers have been an important symbol in literature, songs, movies, and even just casual gift-giving. But did you know that different flowers hold different meanings and messages? What does each one mean? What are the best flowers for different occasions?
The Language of Flowers
1. Red Rose
The birth flower of the month of June, the red rose is a classic "I Love You" flower, symbolising passion, romance, desire and true love, which makes it is a popular choice for Valentine's Day. When red roses are used for a bridal bouquet, they represent bliss in the marriage as well as true respect and appreciation towards one another. A deep red rose can mean that you are ready for commitment, and have a deep passion for that person.
This bright flower is the fifth most popular flower in the world, and it represents innocence, purity, loyalty, and cheerfulness, as well as being a classic symbol of beauty. It also represents feelings of gratitude and compassion towards a person. Gerberas come in many variations of vibrant colours, making it a popular choice for multiple occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. It is also used to convey messages such as "congratulations", "thank you", and "get well soon". It is a versatile flower that is sure to fit almost all occasions, making it an easy but still heartfelt gift choice.
Lilies are a significant symbol of purity and refined beauty, often used to celebrate 30th wedding anniversaries. One variation called the lily of the valley is also the birth flower for the month of May. White lilies symbolise modesty and virginity; orange lilies symbolise passion; yellow lilies symbolise lightheartedness and cheerfulness. A lily can also bring the meaning of friendship and devotion, sympathy, wealth and prosperity, and humility. Often associated with funerals, lilies symbolise that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.
The carnation in general symbolises love, fascination, and distinction. White carnations mean pure love and good luck; dark red mean deep love and affection; purple mean unpredictability; pink symbolise a mother's undying love. In China, carnations are the most common flowers used in wedding ceremonies. In Japan, the red carnation is the most popular flower for Mother's Day. In the United States, carnations are the official flower for Mother's Day, as well as being the birth flower for January and the 1st wedding anniversary flower.
This delicate flower represents rare and exotic beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness, and mature charm, as well as symbolising proud and glorious femininity. It also means love, luxury, and strength. White orchids symbolise purity and elegance; yellow symbolise friendship and new beginnings; purple represent royalty and admiration and are often given as a sign of respect; pink orchids are the 14th and 25th anniversary flower, and they convey a feeling of pure affection alongside representing femininity, grace and joy. In China, orchids are seen as symbols of integrity, elegance and friendship.
6. Baby Breath
These adorable little flowers carry a significant symbolism of long-lasting and undying love, including familial, platonic, and romantic. They also represent pureness, freedom, and innocence. In modern contexts, they symbolise self-discipline and fidelity. As the name indicates, the baby breath is a classic gift to celebrate the arrival of a newborn baby, as well as the reconnecting with lost loves. They are also commonly used to round out wedding bouquets and centerpieces. In a wedding, the small white flowers represent the purity of emotion that two people have for each other.
Hydrangeas are the perfect flowers to give someone if you want to show them your sincere gratefulness and appreciation towards them for their help and presence. Hydrangeas also symbolise a deep and profound understanding between two people that need not be romantic. Generally, it can be used to express anything honest and heartfelt. This pom-pom shaped flower can also represent abundance, and many plant hydrangeas in their garden to invite luck and abundance into their homes. The hydrangea is also the 4th wedding anniversary flower.
Now you know the meanings that different flowers convey, and you'll never have to worry about giving anyone the wrong message again!
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