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As the saying goes, 'say it with flowers!' And indeed, people have been saying it with flowers since time immemorial, using the special meanings of flowers to express all kinds of emotions. Whether to woo somebody special on Valentine's Day, display affection on Father's Day or Mother's Day, or to express a 'get well soon' message for somebody ill, flowers have been used to say it all. In fact, the symbolic meaning of flowers has given birth to a language of its own, known as floriography.

Apart from each of the names of flowers being imbued with symbolism such as romance or sympathy or affection, all flowers express specific phrases as well. As a matter of fact, the Victorians were the ones who used flower symbolism most profusely to communicate subtly what they wanted to say, but could not speak aloud since decorum would not allow it. With flowers, and their symbolic meanings, they could verbalize communication without saying anything or evince a feeling. Thus, the Victorians would often make a bouquet that they could use as an expression of an unvoiced message to the person receiving it, using various kinds of symbolism like the number, the arrangement, the color, and of course the type of flower.

Names of Flowers and Their Meanings

If you want to express your deep feelings to someone special in your life, in a thoughtful and unique way, check out the list of flower names given below, and find out what message you can devise using the special language of flowers. Or, if it is a gift of flowers that you have received, check out the flower names and their meanings to find out what it means. Is it love? Or is it ecstasy? Or perhaps it is a sign of hope, jealousy, anticipation, friendship, or even good-bye. Truly, you can say it all with flowers!
NameMeaning
A
AcaciaHidden love, Beauty in withdrawal
AmbrosiaLove requited
AmaryllisPride
AsterSymbolizing love, Delicacy
AnemoneA love that is diminishing, Vanishing hopes
Almond BlossomSymbolizing hope, Delicacy, Sweetness
Apple BlossomGood fortune, Harbinger of better things, A strong liking
ArumIntense feeling of love
ArbutusI love only thee
AzaleaA symbol of womanhood in China, Passion, Fragility, Take care
B
Baby's BreathPurity of heart, Innocence
BegoniaBe cautious, A fanciful mind
Bachelor ButtonCelibacy, The blessedness of being single
BalsamFervent love
BalmCompassion, Empathy
BittersweetTruth, Loyalty
Bird of ParadiseGiven by a woman to a man to symbolize faithfulness
BluebellGratitude, Constancy, Humility
ButtercupRiches, Childishness
Black BryonyBe my support
C
CaladiumImmense delight and joy
CamelliaPerfection, Gratitude
Carnation (Red)Aching heart, Admiration
Christmas RoseAllay my disquiet
ChrysanthemumJoy, Optimism, Perfection
CrocusGood cheer, Happiness, Do not treat me badly
CyclamenGood-Bye, Resignation
Clover (Four-leaf)Will you be mine?
Clover (White)Think of me
ClematisIngenuity, Artifice
CornflowerRefinement, Delicacy
D
DaffodilThe sun is bright when I am with you, Respect, Sunshine, Unrequited love, Regard
DahliaElegance and Dignity, Forever thine
DaisyBeauty, Innocence, I will never tell, Loyal love, Purity
Day-Lily (Yellow)Coquetry
DandelionLove's oracle, Happiness, Faithfulness
Date-PlumResistance
DelphiniumFun, Big-hearted
Dog RosePleasure and Pain
DogwoodAm I indifferent to you?
Dragon RootArdor
E
EdelweissNoble purity, Courage, Daring
EndineFrugality
ElderflowerSymbolizing Zeal
EglantinePoetry
Everlasting (Immortal Flowers)Never ending memory, Unfading remembrance
EuphorbiaPersistence
EupatoriumDelay
EpigaeaBudding
EucalyptusProtection
F
Forget-Me-NotAs its name suggests - Forget me not, Memories, True love
ForsythiaExpectation, Anticipation
FuchsiaGood taste
FernFascination
FilbertReconciliation
FlaxSymbol of domesticity
Flora's BellWithout pretentiousness
Flowering ReedConfide in heaven
G
GladiolusStrength of character, Love at first sight, Generosity
GardeniaSecret love, You are lovely
GalaxEncouragement
GeraniumFolly, Stupidity
GerberaYou are the sunshine of my life
Gloxinia Love at first sight
GoldenrodBe cautious
Goats-RueReason
GoosefootInsult
Globe AmaranthUnfading Love
H
HeliotropeDevotion
HibiscusDelicate beauty, Consumed by love
HollyAm I forgotten, Domestic happiness, Defense, Domestic Happiness
HollyhockFruitfulness
HoneyflowerSecret love, Sweetness of disposition, Sweet, Affection
HoneysuckleBond of love
Honeysuckle (Coral)I Love You
HyacinthFlower dedicated to Apollo, Rashness
Hyacinth (Yellow)Jealousy
I
IrisWisdom and Valor, Faith, Promise in love, Hope
Iris (German)Flame
Iris (Yellow)Passion
IvyAffection, Friendship, Fidelity, Wedded love
Ivy (Sprig of white tendrils)Affection, Anxious to please
Indian CressResignation
Ipomen ScarletEmbrace
Indian CaneRendezvous
Ipomoea (Morning Glory)I attach myself to you, Affection
J
Jasmine (Indian)Love, Attachment
Jasmine (Yellow)Elegance, Grace, Modesty
Jasmine (Spanish)Sensuality
JaponicaSymbol of love, Sincerity
Jerusalem OakYour love is reciprocated
JonquilSympathy, Desire, Affection returned, Love me, Affection Returned
JuniperChastity, Eternity
K
King's SpearRegret
KennediaIntellectual beauty
L
LaburnumBlackness
Lady's SlipperCapricious beauty, Win me
LucerneLife
LarkspurLightness, An open heart, Levity
Larkspur (White)Happy-go-lucky, Joyful
Larkspur (Purple) Sweet disposition
LantanaRigor
LilyPurity of heart, Majesty and Honor
Lemon BlossomI promise to be true, Fidelity in love
LilacPride,
Beauty
Lily of the ValleyHumility, Happiness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Sweetness
LotusForgetful of the past, Estranged love
LaurelGlory
LavenderDevotion, Love
M
MarjoramHappiness, Joy
MadderCalumny
MagnoliaPerseverance, Nobility
MarigoldSorrow, Jealousy, Caress, Pretty love, Affection, Sacred, Affection
MaidenhairDiscretion
ManchineelBetrayal
Mimosa- Secret Love
MugwortHappiness
MulberryPrudence
MallowSweetness, Delicate beauty
MandrakeScarcity
MyrtleHebrew emblem of Marriage, Love
MapleReserve
N
NasturtiumVictory in Battle, Conquest
Narcissus (White)Selfishness
NarcissusStay as sweet as you are, Formality
NightshadeTruth
NettleCruelty
NosegayGallantry
O
Orchid (Cattleya)Mature charm
OrchidSymbol of many children in China, Refinement, Beauty, Love
Orange BlossomEternal Love, Innocence, Marriage and Fruitfulness
OakHospitality
OsmundaRevere
Ophrys SpiderDexterity
Ophrys FlyMistake
OlivePeace
OleanderCaution
Orange-TreeGenerosity
Orange (Milkweed) Deceit
P
PhloxHarmony, A good partnership
Passion-FlowerBelief
PeppermintWarmth of feeling, Cordiality
PeriwinkleSweet remembrance
Poppy (General)Imagination, Oblivion, Eternal sleep
Primrose (Evening) Inconstancy
PetuniaYour presence soothes me, Anger, Resentment, Anger
PansyMerriment, Thoughtful reflection
Peach BlossomI am your captive
Q
Quaking GrassA symbol of agitation
Queen Anne's LaceFantasy
R
Rose (Red)Passion, Love
Rose (White)Purity, Virginity
Rose (Yellow)Infidelity, Jealousy
Rose (Coral)Desire
Rose (Pink)Grace and Sweetness, Secret love, Perfect happiness, Secret Love
Rose (Dark pink)Thankfulness
Rose (Pale pink)Joy, Grace
Rosebud (Red)Pure and Lovely
RosemaryRemembrance
RhododendronI am dangerous, Danger, Beware
S
Sunflower (Tall)Pride, False riches
Sunflower (Dwarf)Adoration
SnowdropConsolation, Hope
SageGreat respect, Wisdom, Female fidelity
SnapdragonStrength, Gracious lady
Satin-FlowerSincerity
Spider FlowerElope with me
Sweet-WilliamGallantry, Grant me one smile
Sweet PeaThank you for a lovely time, Blissful pleasure, Departure, Good-by
Star of BethlehemReconciliation, Atonement
T
Tulip (General)Fame, Perfect lover, Flower Emblem of Holland
Tulip (Yellow)Hopeless love, There's sunshine in your smile
Tulip (Variegated)Beautiful eyes
Tulip (Red)Declaration of love, Believe me
ThornappleI dreamed of thee
TuberoseDangerous pleasures
TeaselMisanthropy
Trumpet FlowerSeparation
V
ValerianAccommodating disposition
VerbenaSensibility, Pray for me
Violet Modesty
Violet (White) Let´s take a chance
Violet (Blue)Love, Faithfulness, Watchfulness
Virgin's-BowerArtifice
Venus FlytrapCaught at Last
Viscaria Will you dance with me?
VeronicaFidelity
VervainEnchantment
W
Water Lily Purity of heart
Water Lily (Yellow)Growing indifference
Water Lily (White)Eloquence
WallflowerLasting beauty, Fidelity, Faithful in adversity
WisteriaWelcome
WindflowerSincerity, Love, Abandonment
Witch HazelA spell
Wild Rose-TreePoetical person
Wood-SorrelJoy
WhortleberryTreachery
X
XeranthemumCheerful in adversity
Y
YarrowHealing, Health
YewSadness
Z
Zinnia Thoughts of absent friends
Zinnia (Yellow)Daily remembrance
Zinnia (Magenta) Lasting Affection
Zinnia (White) Goodness
Zinnia (Scarlet)Constancy
ZephyranthFond Caresses

Some of you may even want to understand the symbolism of each flower to be able to get a tattoo representing the symbolism. Whatever the reason, this list should help you find out what each flower means, and use its symbolism to express exactly how you feel.