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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
Abutilon Abutilon Meditation
acacia Acacia (Rose, White) Friendship, Elegance
acacia Acacia (Yellow) Concealed love
acanthus Acanthus Fine arts, Artifice
achilia Achillea State of war
aconite Aconite (Monkshood) Hatred, Misanthropy words, Be cautious
Adams-needle Adam's Needle Best friends
adonis Adonis Patience, Humility, Sad memories
Agrimony Gratitude
Alliums Alliums Patience, Unity, Humility
almond-blossom Almond Blossom Hope, Contemplation
aloe Aloe Sorrow, Grief
alstroemenia Alstroemeria Aspiringly, Devotion, Friendship
amaranth Amaranth (Globe) Immortal love
amaryllis Amaryllis Splendid beauty
Ambrosia Reciprocated love
anemone Anemone Fragile, Anticipation
angelica Angelica Inspiration
anthurium Anthurium Hospitality
apple-lossom Apple Blossom Hope, Good fortune
apricot-blossom Apricot Blossom Diffident love
arbor-vitae Arbor Vitae True friendship
arbutus Arbutus I love thee only
Asphodel Asphodel Regret, Lassitude
aster Aster Love, Contentment, Patience
azalea Azalea Fragile, Patience, Chinese symbol for womanhood
B
babys-breath Baby's Breath Innocence, Gladness
bachelor-button Bachelor Button (Bluebottle, Cornflower) Celibacy, Anticipation, Delicacy, Perfection
Balm Sympathy
balsam Balsam (Impatiens) Impatience
barberry Barberry Hot temperament
bay-wreath Bay Wreath Glory, Reward for goodness
begonia Begonia Be cautious, Deep thinking
Bells of Ireland Good
luck, Best wishes
bellwort Bellwort Hopelessness
Betony Surprise
bindweed Bindweed (Convolvulus) Philander, Quidnunc, Perseverance
Bird-of-paradise Bird of Paradise Festivity, Celebration
Bittersweet Flower Truth, Fact
black-eyed-susan Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Encouragement, Motivation, Impartiality
blackthorn Blackthorn (Sloe) Asceticism, Difficulty
blue-bell Blue Bell (Harebell, Campanula) Constancy, Never ending love, Gratitude, Appreciation
Bouvardia Excitement, Enthusiasm
burdock Burdock Boredom, Importunity
buttercup Buttercup Childishness
butterfly-weed Butterfly Weed Leave me
C
cactus Cactus Maternal affection and love
caladium Caladium Leaves Ravish, Joyousness
calendula Calendula (Pot marigold) Happiness
Calycanthus Benevolence
camelia Camellia (White) Adorable, Lovable
camelia Camellia (Pink) Strong desire
camelia Camellia (Red) Excellence, Perfection
camomile Chamomile (or Camomile) Enterprisingness, Energy in adversity
candytuft Candytuft (Iberis) Indifference
cardinal-flower Cardinal Flower Eminence
carnation Carnation (White) Sweetness, Innocence, Pure love
carnation Carnation (Yellow) Disdain, Rejection
carnation Carnation (Pink) Unforgettable, Woman's love
carnation Carnation (Red) Admiration
carnation Carnation (Purple) Unpredictability, Changeable
carnation Carnation (Striped) Rejected love
cattail Cattail Prosperity, Peacefulness
cedar-leaf Cedar Leaf Think of me
celandine Celandine (Lesser) Forthcoming joys
cherry-blossom Cherry Blossom Good education, Spiritual beauty
Chestnut-flower Chestnut Flower Seek justice
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum (Bronze) Excitement
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum (General) Cheerfulness, Optimism, Wonderful friend, With love
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum (Red) Love, Affection
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum (Yellow) Slighted love
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum (White) Trueness
Cinnamon Beauty
clematis Clematis Ingenuity
clove Clove Dignity
clover Clover (Four leafed) Good luck
Clover (Five leafed) Bad luck
Clover (White flower) Think of me
Cockscomb Cockscomb Silliness, Absurdity
Coltsfoot Coltsfoot Maternal care
Columbine Columbine Deserted love
Coreopsis Coreopsis Cheerful
Coriander Lust
Cosmos Cosmos Peaceful
crocus Crocus Prevision, Gladness, Cheerfulness
Crown-imperial Crown Imperial Powerfulness, Mightiness
Cyclamen Cyclamen Goodbye, Separation
cypress Cypress Mourning, Despair
D
Daffodil Daffodil(Jonquil) Chivalry, Unreciprocated love, Sympathy, Please love me
Dahlia Dahlia Dignity, Elegance
Daisy Daisy Innocence, Loyal beauty
dandelion Dandelion Happiness, Faithfulness
Daphne Daphne Flower Glory, Fame
Delphinium Delphinium (Larkspur) Boldness, Ardent attachment, Open heart
Dew-plant Dew Plant Serenade
Dog-Rose Dog Rose Pleasure
E
Edelweiss Edelweiss Courageous
Eglantine Eglantine (Sweet briar) Spring, Poetry
Elderberry-Blossom Elderberry Blossom (Elderflower) Kindness, Humility
Endive Endive Frugality
Eremurus (Foxtail lily or Desert candle) Endurance
Eryngium Eryngium (Blue hobbit, Sea holly) Austerity, Independence
Eucalyptus Safeguard, Protection
eupatorium Eupatorium Late, Delay
Eustoma Calmness, Thoughts
Everlasting-Flower Everlasting Flower Remembrances
Eyebright (Euphrasia) Cheer up
F
Fennel Fennel Strength
Fern Fern Sincerity, Confidence
Fig Fig Argument
Filbert Filbert Reconciliation
fir Fir Evaluation, Time
Flax Flax Symbolizes domesticity and kindness
Forget-me-not Forget-me-not True love, Memories, Hope
Forsythia Forsythia Anticipation
Foxglove Foxglove (Digitalis) Insincerity
Frangipani Frangipani Protection, Shelter
Freesia Freesia Spirited, Trust
Fuchsia Fuchsia Good taste , Confiding love
Furze Furze Anger
G
Gardenia Gardenia Secret admiration and love
Gentian Gentian Sweetness
Gerbera Gerbera Happiness, Cheerfulness
Geranium Geranium Comfort, Stupidity
Gillyflower Gillyflower Lasting beauty
Ginger-Flower Ginger Flower Proud, Majestic
Gladiolus Gladiolus Give me a break, Strength of character
Gloxinia Gloxinia Love at first sight
Goldenrod Goldenrod (Solidago) Encouragement, Motivation , Good fortune, Success
H
Harlequin
Flower
Laugh at trouble
Hawkweed Quick-sighted
Hawthorn Hawthorn Hope
Hazel Hazel Flower Reconciliation
Heather Heather Flower (white) Protection, Wishfulness
Heliotrope Heliotrope Eternal love
Hemlock You will kill me
Hibiscus Hibiscus Delicate beauty
Holly Holly Coming of joys
Hollyhock Hollyhock Fruitfulness, Ambition
Honeysuckle Honeysuckle Devoted love, Generous
Hop Hop Injustice
Houseleek Houseleek Domestic Economy
Hyacinth Hyacinth (Blue) Constancy
Hyacinth Hyacinth (General) Games, Sports
Hyacinth Hyacinth (Purple) Forgive me
Hyacinth Hyacinth (Pink, Red) Play
Hyacinth Hyacinth (White) Loveliness
Hyacinth (Yellow) Jealousness
Hydrangea Hydrangea (Snowball Flower) Frigidity, Vanity, Heavenly thoughts
I
Ipomoea Ipomoea I belong to thee
Iris Iris Faith, Thank you for your friendship
J
Jacobs-Ladder Jacob's Ladder Come down
Jasmine Jasmine(White) Cheerfulness, Good sense of humor
Jasmine Jasmine (Yellow) Modesty
K
Kingcup Kingcup (Marsh Marigold) Wealth, Riches
L
Laburnum Laburnum Pensive beauty
Ladys-Slipper Lady's Slipper Capricious beauty
Lady's Tresses Bewitching grace
Laurel Laurel Perseverance, Ambition
Lavender Lavender Acknowledgment, Constancy
Lemon-Blossom Lemon Blossom Discretion
Lilac Lilac First love
lily Lily (Calla) Symbolizes magnificent beauty and purity
lily Lily (Casablanca) Celebrations, Happy occasions
lily Lily (Day) Flirtation, Coquetry
Lily (Eucharis) Maiden charms
lily Lily (Orange) Disdain, Hatred, Pride
lily Lily (Tiger) Pride, Wealth
lotus Lily (Water) or Lotus Purity, Truth, Mystery, Estranged love
lily Lily (White) Virginity, Majesty
lily Lily (Yellow) Flirtation, Coquetry
Lily-Of-The-Valley Lily-Of-The-Valley Sweetness, Humility, Purity
Lisianthus Lisianthus Calmness
lobelia Lobelia Malevolence, Arrogance
London Pride (Saxifraga) Frivolity
Love-in-the-mist Love-In-The-Mist (Nigella) Perplexity, Delicacy
Lupine Lupine (Lupin) Always happy, Voraciousness
M
Magnolia Magnolia Nobility, Perseverance, Love for nature
Mallow Mallow Deep in love
Maple Maple Retirement, Reserve nature
Marigold Marigold Jealousy, Cruelty, Secret affection
Marjoram Marjoram Comfort, Blushes
Marvel-Of-Peru Marvel-Of-Peru (Four o'clock flower) Flame of love
Mayflower Mayflower (Trailing arbutus) Welcome, Hospitality, The beginning
Mignonette (Reseda) Deserve
Mimosa Mimosa Exquisite, Sensitivity
Mint Mint Suspicion
Mistletoe Mistletoe Love and affection
Motherwort Motherwort Secret love
Moss Rose Confession of love
Myrtle Myrtle Joy, Love and remembrance
N
Narcissus Narcissus Formality, Egotism
Nasturtium Nasturtium Symbolizes
patriotism and conquest
Nightshades Nightshades Dark thoughts
O
Oleander Oleander Beauty and grace
Orange-Blossom Orange Blossom Innocence, Eternal love
Orange Mock Deceit
orchid Orchid Long-lasting impression, Beautiful lady
orchid-cattleya Orchid Cattleya Mature charm
Oxeye Oxeye Daisy Patience
P
Pansy Pansy Thoughtfulness, Modesty
Palm Palm Leaves Success, Victory
Parsley Parsley Festivity
Passion-Flower Passion Flower Holy love, Faith and believe
Peach-Blossom Peach Blossom Generosity
Pear-Blossom Pear Blossom Good health, Hope
Peony Peony Happy Marriage, Happy life
Pepper Flower Warm feelings
Periwinkle Periwinkle (Blue) Beginning of friendship
periwinkle Periwinkle (White) Delightful memories
Petunia Petunia Resentment, Anger
Phlox Phlox Sweet dreams, Trying to please you
Pine Pine Pity, Hope
Plum-Blossom Plum Blossom Fidelity, Keeping promises
Poinsettia Poinsettia Always cheerful
poppy Poppy (General) Imagination, Oblivion
poppy Poppy (Red) Pleasure
poppy Poppy (White) Consolation
Poppy Poppy (Yellow) Success, Wealth
primrose Primrose (General) I can't live without you
Primrose Primrose (Red) Neglected merit
Privet Prohibition, Ban
Pyxie Life is sweet
Q
Quaking Grass Anger, Agitation
Quamoclit Busybody
Queen-Annes-Lace Queen Anne's Lace Fantasy
Quince-Blossom Quince Blossom Enticement
R
Ragged Robin Ardor, Intense feeling of love
ranunculus Ranunculus Dazzled, Radiant
Raspberry-blossom Raspberry Blossom Regret, Remorse
Rhododendron Rhododendron Be cautious
Rocket Flower Rivalry, Competition
Rose (Black) Death
rose-bouquet Rose (Bouquet of full blooms) Gratitude
rose Rose (Bridal) Happy love
rose Rose (Bud) Innocent love, Beauty and youth
rose Rose (Burgundy) Unconscious beauty
 carolina rose Rose (Carolina) Love is dangerous
Christmas Rose Rose (Christmas) Tranquility
and peacefulness
rose Rose Gratitude, Thank you
rose Rose (Lavender) Love at first sight
rose Rose (Orange, Coral) Desire, Enthusiasm
rose Rose (Peach) Togetherness, Closing of a deal
rose Rose (Pink & White mixed) I love you still and will always love you
wild rose Rose (Wild) Charming simplicity
rose Rose (Yellow) Friendship, Joy, Gladness, Jealousy, Infidelity
saffron Saffron Voluptuousness, Be cautious about excess pleasures
sage Sage Domestic virtues
Sainfoin You confuse me
salvia Salvia Wisdom, I always think of you
Satin Flower Fascination
Saxifrage Saxifrage Affection
Scabious Scabious Unfortunate love, Widowhood
Sensitive-Plant Sensitive Plant Sensitivity
Snapdragon Snapdragon Gracious lady, Deception
Snowdrop Snowdrop Friendship in trouble, Consolation, Hope
Spider-Flower Spider Flower (Cleome) Elope with me
Spiderwort Spiderwort Regard, Admiration
Star-of-Bethlehem Star of Bethlehem Atonement, Satisfaction
Stephanotis Stephanotis (Madagascar
Jasmine)
Happiness in marriage
Strawberry-Flower Strawberry Flower Perfect goodness
Sunflower Sunflower Wishes, Loyalty
Sweet-Pea-Flower Sweet Pea Flower Departure, Goodbye
Sweet-william4 Sweet William Perfection, Grant me one smile
Syringa Syringa You shall be happy yet
T
Tamarisk (Salt Cedar) Crime, Guilty
Tansy Tansy Resistance, Neglected
Tease-Flower Teasel Flower Hatred
Thistle Thistle Nobility, Austerity
Tuberose Dangerous
Tulip Tulip (Pink) Caring
Tulip Tulip (Purple) Royalty
Tulip Tulip (Red) Declaration of love, Believe me
Tulip Tulip (White) Forgiveness
Tulip Tulip (Yellow) Hopeless love
V
Verbena Verbena (Vervain) Tender, Emotional, You will get your wish, Superstition
Valerian Valerian An accommodating disposition
Veronica-Flower Veronica Flower Fidelity
Violet (General) Faithfulness, Modesty
Violets Violet (Blue) Faithfulness, Watchfulness
violets Violets (White) Let's take a chance
Viscaria Will you dance with me
W
Wake-Robin Wake Robin Ardor, Zeal
Wallflower Adversity, Friendship
Wisteria Wisteria Poetry, Youth, Steadfast
Witch-Hazel Witch Hazel A spell, Inspiration
Wolfsbane Wolfsbane Misanthropy
Wormwood Absence
X
Xeranthemum Eternity, Immortality
Y
yarrow Yarrow Good health
Z
Zephyranthes1 Zephyranthes Expectation
Zinnia (Magenta) Long-lasting affection
zinnia Zinnia (Mixed) Thoughts of an absent friend
zinnia Zinnia (Pink) Lasting affection
zinnia Zinnia (Scarlet) Constancy
zinnia Zinnia (White) Goodness
Zinnia Zinnia (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.