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If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Audra Foveo

Be it the vivid colors or the sweet fragrances, every single flower is special in its own way. And when it comes to expression of feelings, there are no ideal alternatives, other than the beautiful flowers. For every emotions and/or situations, you can find unique flowers to devise them more proficiently, rather than uttering in words. No wonder, we have been associating and conveying our sentiments with the symbolic meaning of flowers since a long time ago.

Each of the flower is assigned with a specific meaning that helps in revealing the real motive behind sending it to another person. From birthday parties to weddings, anniversaries, illnesses, and funerals, flowers are a part of all special and important occasions. In fact, an event is incomplete without presenting and decorating with flowers. Flowers and their meanings are best described in floriography, which deals with the study of language of flowers.

The Symbolic Meaning of Flowers

Though the beauty of flowers was appreciated since ancient times, communicating coded messages with the symbolism of flowers was more evident during the Victorian era. In those times, gestures and sign languages were more popular than verbal communication. The Victorians sent coded messages by using different kinds of flowers in varied numbers and arranging them in several patterns and styles. The flower color meanings were also taken into account to evince all kinds of sentiments.

Even today, saying with the meanings of flowers is still practiced. No doubt, every one of us are aware about the basic flowers and meanings, like sending a red rose to express love and gifting a yellow rose to a best friend to say thank you for being there for me. Well! Not only do the roses have meanings, but nearly all flowers which are identified till date have their own meanings. This article emphasizes on the flower names and meanings (traditional), which you can refer to make special moments more special and unforgettable with appropriate flowers. Let's delve more into the list of flowers with their meanings and pictures.

List of Flowers and Their Meanings with Pictures
Click on the flower pictures below for easy-to-view magnified pictures of different types of flowers.

A
AbutilonAbutilonMeditation
acaciaAcacia (Rose, White)Friendship, Elegance
acaciaAcacia (Yellow)Concealed love
acanthusAcanthusFine arts, Artifice
achiliaAchilleaState of war
aconiteAconite (Monkshood)Hatred, Misanthropy words, Be cautious
Adams-needleAdam's NeedleBest friends
adonisAdonisPatience, Humility, Sad memories
AgrimonyGratitude
AlliumsAlliumsPatience, Unity, Humility
almond-blossomAlmond BlossomHope, Contemplation
aloeAloeSorrow, Grief
alstroemeniaAlstroemeriaAspiringly, Devotion, Friendship
amaranthAmaranth (Globe)Immortal love
amaryllisAmaryllisSplendid beauty
AmbrosiaReciprocated love
anemoneAnemoneFragile, Anticipation
angelicaAngelicaInspiration
anthuriumAnthuriumHospitality
apple-lossomApple BlossomHope, Good fortune
apricot-blossomApricot BlossomDiffident love
arbor-vitaeArbor VitaeTrue friendship
arbutusArbutusI love thee only
AsphodelAsphodelRegret, Lassitude
asterAsterLove, Contentment, Patience
azaleaAzaleaFragile, Patience, Chinese symbol for womanhood
B
babys-breathBaby's BreathInnocence, Gladness
bachelor-buttonBachelor Button (Bluebottle, Cornflower)Celibacy, Anticipation, Delicacy, Perfection
BalmSympathy
balsamBalsam (Impatiens)Impatience
barberryBarberryHot temperament
bay-wreathBay WreathGlory, Reward for goodness
begoniaBegoniaBe cautious, Deep thinking
Bells of IrelandGood
luck, Best wishes
bellwortBellwortHopelessness
BetonySurprise
bindweedBindweed (Convolvulus)Philander, Quidnunc, Perseverance
Bird-of-paradiseBird of ParadiseFestivity, Celebration
Bittersweet FlowerTruth, Fact
black-eyed-susanBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)Encouragement, Motivation, Impartiality
blackthornBlackthorn (Sloe)Asceticism, Difficulty
blue-bellBlue Bell (Harebell, Campanula)Constancy, Never ending love, Gratitude, Appreciation
BouvardiaExcitement, Enthusiasm
burdockBurdockBoredom, Importunity
buttercupButtercupChildishness
butterfly-weedButterfly WeedLeave me
C
cactusCactusMaternal affection and love
caladiumCaladium LeavesRavish, Joyousness
calendulaCalendula (Pot marigold)Happiness
CalycanthusBenevolence
cameliaCamellia (White)Adorable, Lovable
cameliaCamellia (Pink)Strong desire
cameliaCamellia (Red)Excellence, Perfection
camomileChamomile (or Camomile)Enterprisingness, Energy in adversity
candytuftCandytuft (Iberis)Indifference
cardinal-flowerCardinal FlowerEminence
carnationCarnation (White)Sweetness, Innocence, Pure love
carnationCarnation (Yellow)Disdain, Rejection
carnationCarnation (Pink)Unforgettable, Woman's love
carnationCarnation (Red)Admiration
carnationCarnation (Purple)Unpredictability, Changeable
carnationCarnation (Striped)Rejected love
cattailCattailProsperity, Peacefulness
cedar-leafCedar LeafThink of me
celandineCelandine (Lesser)Forthcoming joys
cherry-blossomCherry BlossomGood education, Spiritual beauty
Chestnut-flowerChestnut FlowerSeek justice
ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum (Bronze)Excitement
ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum (General)Cheerfulness, Optimism, Wonderful friend, With love
ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum (Red)Love, Affection
ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum (Yellow)Slighted love
ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum (White)Trueness
CinnamonBeauty
clematisClematisIngenuity
cloveCloveDignity
cloverClover (Four leafed)Good luck
Clover (Five leafed)Bad luck
Clover (White flower)Think of me
CockscombCockscombSilliness, Absurdity
ColtsfootColtsfootMaternal care
ColumbineColumbineDeserted love
CoreopsisCoreopsisCheerful
CorianderLust
CosmosCosmosPeaceful
crocusCrocusPrevision, Gladness, Cheerfulness
Crown-imperialCrown ImperialPowerfulness, Mightiness
CyclamenCyclamenGoodbye, Separation
cypressCypressMourning, Despair
D
DaffodilDaffodil(Jonquil)Chivalry, Unreciprocated love, Sympathy, Please love me
DahliaDahliaDignity, Elegance
DaisyDaisyInnocence, Loyal beauty
dandelionDandelionHappiness, Faithfulness
DaphneDaphne FlowerGlory, Fame
DelphiniumDelphinium (Larkspur)Boldness, Ardent attachment, Open heart
Dew-plantDew PlantSerenade
Dog-RoseDog RosePleasure
E
EdelweissEdelweissCourageous
EglantineEglantine (Sweet briar)Spring, Poetry
Elderberry-BlossomElderberry Blossom (Elderflower)Kindness, Humility
EndiveEndiveFrugality
Eremurus (Foxtail lily or Desert candle)Endurance
EryngiumEryngium (Blue hobbit, Sea holly)Austerity, Independence
EucalyptusSafeguard, Protection
eupatoriumEupatoriumLate, Delay
EustomaCalmness, Thoughts
Everlasting-FlowerEverlasting FlowerRemembrances
Eyebright (Euphrasia)Cheer up
F
FennelFennelStrength
FernFernSincerity, Confidence
FigFigArgument
FilbertFilbertReconciliation
firFirEvaluation, Time
FlaxFlaxSymbolizes domesticity and kindness
Forget-me-notForget-me-notTrue love, Memories, Hope
ForsythiaForsythiaAnticipation
FoxgloveFoxglove (Digitalis)Insincerity
FrangipaniFrangipaniProtection, Shelter
FreesiaFreesiaSpirited, Trust
FuchsiaFuchsiaGood taste , Confiding love
FurzeFurzeAnger
G
GardeniaGardeniaSecret admiration and love
GentianGentianSweetness
GerberaGerberaHappiness, Cheerfulness
GeraniumGeraniumComfort, Stupidity
GillyflowerGillyflowerLasting beauty
Ginger-FlowerGinger FlowerProud, Majestic
GladiolusGladiolusGive me a break, Strength of character
GloxiniaGloxiniaLove at first sight
GoldenrodGoldenrod (Solidago)Encouragement, Motivation , Good fortune, Success
H
Harlequin
Flower
Laugh at trouble
HawkweedQuick-sighted
HawthornHawthornHope
HazelHazel FlowerReconciliation
HeatherHeather Flower (white)Protection, Wishfulness
HeliotropeHeliotropeEternal love
HemlockYou will kill me
HibiscusHibiscusDelicate beauty
HollyHollyComing of joys
HollyhockHollyhockFruitfulness, Ambition
HoneysuckleHoneysuckleDevoted love, Generous
HopHopInjustice
HouseleekHouseleekDomestic Economy
HyacinthHyacinth (Blue)Constancy
HyacinthHyacinth (General)Games, Sports
HyacinthHyacinth (Purple)Forgive me
HyacinthHyacinth (Pink, Red)Play
HyacinthHyacinth (White)Loveliness
Hyacinth (Yellow)Jealousness
HydrangeaHydrangea (Snowball Flower)Frigidity, Vanity, Heavenly thoughts
I
IpomoeaIpomoeaI belong to thee
IrisIrisFaith, Thank you for your friendship
J
Jacobs-LadderJacob's LadderCome down
JasmineJasmine(White)Cheerfulness, Good sense of humor
JasmineJasmine (Yellow)Modesty
K
KingcupKingcup (Marsh Marigold)Wealth, Riches
L
LaburnumLaburnumPensive beauty
Ladys-SlipperLady's SlipperCapricious beauty
Lady's TressesBewitching grace
LaurelLaurelPerseverance, Ambition
LavenderLavenderAcknowledgment, Constancy
Lemon-BlossomLemon BlossomDiscretion
LilacLilacFirst love
lilyLily (Calla)Symbolizes magnificent beauty and purity
lilyLily (Casablanca)Celebrations, Happy occasions
lilyLily (Day)Flirtation, Coquetry
Lily (Eucharis)Maiden charms
lilyLily (Orange)Disdain, Hatred, Pride
lilyLily (Tiger)Pride, Wealth
lotusLily (Water) or LotusPurity, Truth, Mystery, Estranged love
lilyLily (White)Virginity, Majesty
lilyLily (Yellow)Flirtation, Coquetry
Lily-Of-The-ValleyLily-Of-The-ValleySweetness, Humility, Purity
LisianthusLisianthusCalmness
lobeliaLobeliaMalevolence, Arrogance
London Pride (Saxifraga)Frivolity
Love-in-the-mistLove-In-The-Mist (Nigella)Perplexity, Delicacy
LupineLupine (Lupin)Always happy, Voraciousness
M
MagnoliaMagnoliaNobility, Perseverance, Love for nature
MallowMallowDeep in love
MapleMapleRetirement, Reserve nature
MarigoldMarigoldJealousy, Cruelty, Secret affection
MarjoramMarjoramComfort, Blushes
Marvel-Of-PeruMarvel-Of-Peru (Four o'clock flower)Flame of love
MayflowerMayflower (Trailing arbutus)Welcome, Hospitality, The beginning
Mignonette (Reseda)Deserve
MimosaMimosaExquisite, Sensitivity
MintMintSuspicion
MistletoeMistletoeLove and affection
MotherwortMotherwortSecret love
Moss RoseConfession of love
MyrtleMyrtleJoy, Love and remembrance
N
NarcissusNarcissusFormality, Egotism
NasturtiumNasturtiumSymbolizes
patriotism and conquest
NightshadesNightshadesDark thoughts
O
OleanderOleanderBeauty and grace
Orange-BlossomOrange BlossomInnocence, Eternal love
Orange MockDeceit
orchidOrchidLong-lasting impression, Beautiful lady
orchid-cattleyaOrchid CattleyaMature charm
OxeyeOxeye DaisyPatience
P
PansyPansyThoughtfulness, Modesty
PalmPalm LeavesSuccess, Victory
ParsleyParsleyFestivity
Passion-FlowerPassion FlowerHoly love, Faith and believe
Peach-BlossomPeach BlossomGenerosity
Pear-BlossomPear BlossomGood health, Hope
PeonyPeonyHappy Marriage, Happy life
Pepper FlowerWarm feelings
PeriwinklePeriwinkle (Blue)Beginning of friendship
periwinklePeriwinkle (White)Delightful memories
PetuniaPetuniaResentment, Anger
PhloxPhloxSweet dreams, Trying to please you
PinePinePity, Hope
Plum-BlossomPlum BlossomFidelity, Keeping promises
PoinsettiaPoinsettiaAlways cheerful
poppyPoppy (General)Imagination, Oblivion
poppyPoppy (Red)Pleasure
poppyPoppy (White)Consolation
PoppyPoppy (Yellow)Success, Wealth
primrosePrimrose (General)I can't live without you
PrimrosePrimrose (Red)Neglected merit
PrivetProhibition, Ban
PyxieLife is sweet
Q
Quaking GrassAnger, Agitation
QuamoclitBusybody
Queen-Annes-LaceQueen Anne's LaceFantasy
Quince-BlossomQuince BlossomEnticement
R
Ragged RobinArdor, Intense feeling of love
ranunculusRanunculusDazzled, Radiant
Raspberry-blossomRaspberry BlossomRegret, Remorse
RhododendronRhododendronBe cautious
Rocket FlowerRivalry, Competition
Rose (Black)Death
rose-bouquetRose (Bouquet of full blooms)Gratitude
roseRose (Bridal)Happy love
roseRose (Bud)Innocent love, Beauty and youth
roseRose (Burgundy)Unconscious beauty
 carolina roseRose (Carolina)Love is dangerous
Christmas RoseRose (Christmas)Tranquility
and peacefulness
roseRoseGratitude, Thank you
roseRose (Lavender)Love at first sight
roseRose (Orange, Coral)Desire, Enthusiasm
roseRose (Peach)Togetherness, Closing of a deal
roseRose (Pink & White mixed)I love you still and will always love you
wild roseRose (Wild)Charming simplicity
roseRose (Yellow)Friendship, Joy, Gladness, Jealousy, Infidelity
saffronSaffronVoluptuousness, Be cautious about excess pleasures
sageSageDomestic virtues
SainfoinYou confuse me
salviaSalviaWisdom, I always think of you
Satin FlowerFascination
SaxifrageSaxifrageAffection
ScabiousScabiousUnfortunate love, Widowhood
Sensitive-PlantSensitive PlantSensitivity
SnapdragonSnapdragonGracious lady, Deception
SnowdropSnowdropFriendship in trouble, Consolation, Hope
Spider-FlowerSpider Flower (Cleome)Elope with me
SpiderwortSpiderwortRegard, Admiration
Star-of-BethlehemStar of BethlehemAtonement, Satisfaction
StephanotisStephanotis (Madagascar
Jasmine)
Happiness in marriage
Strawberry-FlowerStrawberry FlowerPerfect goodness
SunflowerSunflowerWishes, Loyalty
Sweet-Pea-FlowerSweet Pea FlowerDeparture, Goodbye
Sweet-william4Sweet WilliamPerfection, Grant me one smile
SyringaSyringaYou shall be happy yet
T
Tamarisk (Salt Cedar)Crime, Guilty
TansyTansyResistance, Neglected
Tease-FlowerTeasel FlowerHatred
ThistleThistleNobility, Austerity
TuberoseDangerous
TulipTulip (Pink)Caring
TulipTulip (Purple)Royalty
TulipTulip (Red)Declaration of love, Believe me
TulipTulip (White)Forgiveness
TulipTulip (Yellow)Hopeless love
V
VerbenaVerbena (Vervain)Tender, Emotional, You will get your wish, Superstition
ValerianValerianAn accommodating disposition
Veronica-FlowerVeronica FlowerFidelity
Violet (General)Faithfulness, Modesty
VioletsViolet (Blue)Faithfulness, Watchfulness
violetsViolets (White)Let's take a chance
ViscariaWill you dance with me
W
Wake-RobinWake RobinArdor, Zeal
WallflowerAdversity, Friendship
WisteriaWisteriaPoetry, Youth, Steadfast
Witch-HazelWitch HazelA spell, Inspiration
WolfsbaneWolfsbaneMisanthropy
WormwoodAbsence
X
XeranthemumEternity, Immortality
Y
yarrowYarrowGood health
Z
Zephyranthes1ZephyranthesExpectation
Zinnia (Magenta)Long-lasting affection
zinniaZinnia (Mixed)Thoughts of an absent friend
zinniaZinnia (Pink)Lasting affection
zinniaZinnia (Scarlet)Constancy
zinniaZinnia (White)Goodness
ZinniaZinnia (Yellow)Remembrance

Getting the literal meaning of flowers is all up to the sender and the other person who receives the gift. So, why not, let's do our part by gifting those special blooms, which speak volumes about the subtle messages and feelings. Also, the next time, you receive flowers or bouquets, do not forget to take a peek into the flower symbolism in addition to the flower list above, so as to decode what the sender really wants to say by gifting those special flowers.