Flower Dictionary

Flower Dictionary

Sending flowers must be one of the most special ways to brighten up someone’s day. Its made extra special if the flower meanings send a message too. There is more to just giving or receiving flowers as every flower lover knows but even the experts can’t agree on the real meaning of many flowers. Here are a few of the more traditional ones.



Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Acacia Acacia Beauty in retirement; Friendship; Concealed love: Chaste love

Aconite Aconitum Beware, a deadly foe is near Unity; Humility; Patience

Ambrosia Your love is reciprocated

Amaryllis Anenome Hippeastrum Pride; Splendid Beauty; Timidity Forsaken; Expectations

Allium Unity; Humility; Patience

Alstroemeria Wealth; Prosperity; Fortune

Aster Azalea Callistephus Symbol of love; Daintiness; Afterthought


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Baby””s Breath Gypsophila Pure of heart; Innocence

Bachelor””s Button Centaurea Cyanus Hope in love; Felicity; Delicacy; Single blessedness

Begonia Begonia Beware

Bells of Ireland Mollucella Laevis Good luck

Bluebell Scilla Nutans Humility; Everlasting love

Bouvardia Enthusiasm

Buttercup Childishness


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Cactus Endurance

Caladium Great joy and delight

Camellia Gratitude; Perfection

Camellia (blue) You””re a flame in my heart

Camellia (pink) Longing for you

Camelia (white) You””re adorable; Perfected lovliness

Camellia (red) Unpretending excellance

Carnation Dianthus Caryophyllus Fascination; Womanly love; Devoted love

Carnation (Red) Dianthus Caryophyllus My heart aches for you; Admiration

Carnation ( Pink) Dianthus Caryophyllus I””ll never forget you; Woman””s love

Carnation (Purple) Dianthus Caryophyllus Capriciousness

Carnation (Striped) Dianthus Caryophyllus Sorry I can””t be with you; No; Refusal; Wish I could be with you

Carnation (White) Dianthus Caryophyllus Innocence; Sweet and lovely; Pure love; Woman””s good luck gift; You””re adorable

Carnation (Yellow) Dianthus Caryophyllus Rejection; You have disappointed me

Chrysanthemum Dendranthema Cheerfulness; You””re a wonderful friend; Rest; Lovliness; Abundance; Wealth

Chrysanthemum (Red) Dendranthema I love

Chrysanthemum (Yellow) Dendranthema Slighted love

Chrysanthemum (White) Dendranthema Truth

Crocus Youthful gladness; Cheerfulness

Cyclamen Cyclamen Resignation; Goodbye


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Daffodil You””re the only one; Regard; Unrequited love; The sun shines when I””m with you

Dahlia Dahlia Dignity; Elegance; Good taste; Instability

Daisy Innocence; Loyal love; I””ll never tell; Purity; Gentleness; Romance

Delphinium Flight of fancy; Ardent attachment


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Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Fern Secret bond of love; Fascination; Sincerity; Magic

Fleur De Lis Flame; Burning

Forget-Me-Not Myosotis Faithful love; Undying hope; Memories; Do not forget; True love

Forsythia Good nature; Innocence; Anticipation

Freesia Innocence; Trust; Friendship


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Galax Encouragement

Gardenia Purity; Sweet love; You””re lovely; Secret love; Refinement

Geranium Hardy Cranesbill Folly; Stupidity

Gladiolus Strength of character; Sincerity; Generosity; Natural grace

Gloxinia Love at first sight

Grass Submission


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Heather (Lavender) Erica Admiration; Solitude

Heather (White) Protection; Wishes will come true

Hibiscus Delicate beauty

Holly Foresight; Domestic happiness; Defense

Hyacinth Hyacinthus Games; Sports; Rashness

Hyacinth (Blue) Hyacinthus Constancy

Hyacinth (Purple) Hyacinthus Please forgive me; Sorrow

Hyacinth (Red / Pink) Hyacinthus Play

Hyacinth (White) Hyacinthus Lovliness; I””ll pray for you

Hyacinth (Yellow) Hyacinthus Jealousy

Hydrangea Hydrangea Thank-you for understanding; Frigidity; Heartlessness


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Iris Iris Faith; Wisdom; Valor; Promise; My compliments; Hope; Message

Ivy Wedded love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Jonquil Narcissus Affection returned; Sympathy; Desire; Love me


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Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Lilac (Purple) Syringa First emotion of love

Lilac (White) Syringa Youthful innocence; Purity; Modesty; Virginity; Majesty

Lily ( Calla) Zantedeschia Beauty

Lily (Day) Hermerocallis Conquetry

Lily (Eucharis) Maiden charms

Lily (Tiger) Wealth; Pride; Prosperity

Lily of the Valley Sweetness; Humility; Return of happiness

Longi Lily Lilium Longiflorum Pure; Modest


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Magnolia Love of nature; Nobility; Dignity

Marigold Tagetes Grief; Cruelty; Jealousy; Sacred affection; Despair

Mimosa, Bloom Acacia Concealed love; Sensitivity

Monkshood Aconitum Chivalry; Beware; A deadly foe is near

Moss Maternal love; Charity

Myrtle Vinca Duty; Affection; Home; Love; Discipline; Instruction


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Nasturtium Tropaeolum Patriotism; Conquest; Victory in battle


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Oleander Caution; Beauty; Grace

Orange Blossom Purity; Innocence; Eternal love; Marriage; Fruitfulness; Lovliness

Orchid Love; Beauty; Refinement; Beautiful lady; Flower of magnificence

Orchid (Cattleaya) Mature charm


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Palm Leaves Victory; Success

Pansy Viola Thoughtful reflection; Merriment

Peony Bashfulness; Happy marriage; Prosperity

Petunia Petunia Hybrida Resentment; Anger; Your presence soothes me

Phlox Phlox Our souls are united

Pine Hope; Pity

Poinsettia Be of good cheer

Poppy Papaver Eternal sleep; Imagination; Oblivion

Poppy ( Red) Papaver Pleasure

Poppy ( White) Papaver Consolation

Poppy (Yellow) Papaver Wealth; Success

Primrose Primula I can””t live without you

Primrose (Evening) Lamarckiana Inconstancy


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Queen Anne””s Lace Ammi Majus Haven


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Ranunculus Radiant; Charming

Rose (Red) Love; I love you; Respect; Courage

Rose (Pink) Perfect happiness; Gentility; Grace; Please believe me

Rose (Deep Pink) Thank you

Rose (Light Pink) Admiration

Rose (Yellow) Friendship; Joy and happiness; Jealousy; Trying to care; Gladness

Rose (White) Innocence; Purity; Heavenly; Secrecy; Silence; Charm

Rose (Peach / Coral) Enthusiasm; Desire

Rose (Orange) Enthusiasm; Desire

Roses (Red & White) Unity

Rose (Single Red) Simplicity; I love you

Rose (Long Stemmed) I will remember you always

Rose (Short Stemmed) Sweetheart; Girlhood

Roses (Assorted Colours) You””re everything to me

Roses (Mature Blooms) Gratitude

Roses (Single Full Bloom) I love you; I still love you

Rosebud Beauty; Youth; A heart innocent of love

Rosebud (Red) Pure; Lovely

Rosebud (White) Girlhood


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Snapdragon Antirrhinum Gracious lady; Deception; Presumption

Spider Flower Elope with me

Statice Sympathy; Rememberance

Stephanotis Happiness in marriage; Desire to travel; Come to me

Stock Matthiola Lasting beauty; Bonds of affection; Promptness; You””ll always be beautiful to me

Sunflower Helianthus Adoration; Pride; Sunshine

Sweet Pea Lathyrus Delicate pleasures; Goodbye; Blissful pleasure; Departure; Thank you for a lovely time

Sweet William Dianthus Barbatus Grant me one smile; Gallantry


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Tulip Tulipa Perfect lover; Fame; Love; Passion

Tulip (Red) Tulipa Believe me; Declaration of love

Tulip (Yellow) Tulipa There is sunshine in your smile; Hopeless love

Tulip (Variegated) Tulipa Beautiful eyes


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Verbena Will you get your wish?

Veronica Fidelity

Violet Viola Modesty; Faithfulness; Virtue

Violet (Blue) Viola I””ll always be true; Watchfulness

Violet (White) Viola Let””s take a chance on happiness

Viscaria Will you dance with me?


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Wallflower Erysimum Fidelity in adversity

Water Lily Purity of heart

Wisteria Sinensis Welcome


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Yarrow Healing


Common Name Botanical Name Meaning
Zinnia Zinnia Thoughts of absent friends

Zinnia (Magenta) Zinnia Lasting affection

Zinnia (Scarlet) Zinnia Constancy

Zinnia (White) Zinnia Goodness

Zinnia (Yellow) Zinnia Daily rememberance

Zinnia (Mixed) Zinnia Thinking / In memory of an absent friend