Flower Meanings - List of Flowers and Their Meanings

Flower Meanings - List of Flowers With Their Meanings And Pictures

Flowers are one of the most wonderful creations that mother nature has ever gifted to mankind. What can be more pleasing than beholding the scenic beauty of roses, the lilies, the violets, the tulips, the orchids and the list goes on!
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
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 emotion and/or situation, you can find unique flowers to devise them, rather than uttering in words. No wonder, we have been associating and conveying our sentiments with the symbols like 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 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
Abutilon
Abutilon orange
Meditation
Achillea
Achillea yellow
State of war
Aconite (Monkshood)
Aconite yellow
Hatred, Misanthropy words, Be cautious
Adonis
Adonis yellow
Patience, Humility, Sad memories
Alliums
Allium purple
Patience, Unity, Humility
Almond Blossom
Almond blossom flower
Hope, Contemplation
Aloe
Aloe flower
Sorrow, Grief
Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria pink
Aspiringly, Devotion, Friendship
amaryllis
Amaryllis red
Splendid beauty
Anemone
Anemone yellow
Fragile, Anticipation
Apple Blossom
Apple blossom flower
Hope, Good fortune
Apricot Blossom
Apricot blossom flower
Diffident love
Arbor Vitae
Arbor vitae tree
True friendship
Arbutus
Arbutus pink
I love thee only
Aster
Aster pink
Love, Contentment, Patience
Azalea
Azalea white
Fragile, Patience, Chinese symbol for womanhood
Baby's Breath
Babys breath flower
Innocence, Gladness
Bachelor Button (Bluebottle, Cornflower)
Bachelor button flower
Celibacy, Anticipation, Delicacy, Perfection
Balsam (Impatiens)
Himalayan balsam
Impatience
Barberry
Barberry flower
Hot temperament
Bay Wreath
Bay wreath leaves
Glory, Reward for goodness
Begonia
Begonia red
Be cautious, Deep thinking
Bellwort
Bellwort pink
Hopelessness
Bindweed (Convolvulus)
Bindweed flower
Philander, Quidnunc, Perseverance
Bird of Paradise
Bird of paradise flower
Festivity, Celebration
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Black eyed susan flower
Encouragement, Motivation, Impartiality
Blackthorn (Sloe)
Blackthorn plant
Asceticism, Difficulty
Burdock
Burdock pink
Boredom, Importunity
Buttercup
Buttercup yellow
Childishness
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly weed flower
Leave me
Cactus
Cactus flower
Maternal affection and love
Caladium Leaves
Caladium
Ravish, Joyousness
Calendula (Pot marigold)
Calendula yellow
Happiness
Camellia (White)
Camellia white
Adorable, Lovable
Camellia (Pink)
Camellia pink
Strong desire
Camellia (Red)
Camellia red
Excellence, Perfection
Chamomile (or Camomile)
Chamomile flower
Enterprisingness, Energy in adversity
Candytuft (Iberis)
Candytuft white
Indifference
Carnation (Pink)
Carnation pink
Unforgettable, Woman's love
Carnation (Red)
Carnation red
Admiration
Cattail
Cattail plant
Prosperity, Peacefulness
Cedar Leaf
Cedar plant
Think of me
Celandine (Lesser)
Celandine yellow
Forthcoming joys
Cherry Blossom
Cherry blossom flower
Good education, Spiritual beauty
Chestnut Flower
Chestnut Flower
Seek justice
Chrysanthemum (Bronze)
Chrysanthemum bronze
Excitement
Chrysanthemum (General)
Chrysanthemum general
Cheerfulness, Optimism, Wonderful friend, With love
Chrysanthemum (Red)
Chrysanthemum red
Love, Affection
Chrysanthemum (Yellow)
Chrysanthemum yellow
Slighted love
Chrysanthemum (White)
Chrysanthemum white
Trueness
Clematis
Clematis
Ingenuity
Clove
Clove flower
Dignity
Clover (Four leafed)
Four leaf clover
Good luck
Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot yellow
Maternal care
Columbine
Columbine purple
Deserted love
Coreopsis
Coreopsis pink
Cheerful
Cosmos
Cosmos pink
Peaceful
Crocus
Crocus pink
Prevision, Gladness, Cheerfulness
Crown Imperial
Crown imperial flower
Powerfulness, Mightiness
Daffodil(Jonquil)
Daffodil yellow
Chivalry, Unreciprocated love, Sympathy, Please love me
Dahlia
Dahlia pink
Dignity, Elegance
Daisy
Daisy flower
Innocence, Loyal beauty
Dandelion
Dandelion yellow
Happiness, Faithfulness
Dog Rose
Dog rose pink
Pleasure
Edelweiss
Edelweiss white
Courageous
Elderberry Blossom (Elderflower)
Elderberry flower
Kindness, Humility
Endive
Endive leaves
Frugality
Eryngium (Blue hobbit, Sea holly)
Eryngium blue
Austerity, Independence
Everlasting Flower
Everlasting flower red
Remembrances
Fennel
Fennel plant
Strength
Fern
Fern leaf
Sincerity, Confidence
Fig
Fig plant
Argument
Filbert
Filbert leaves
Reconciliation
Flax
Flax flower
Symbolizes domesticity and kindness
Forget-me-not
Forget me not flower
True love, Memories, Hope
Forsythia
Forsythia yellow
Anticipation
Foxglove (Digitalis)
Foxglove pink
Insincerity
Frangipani
Frangipani white
Protection, Shelter
Freesia
Freesia yellow
Spirited, Trust
Fuchsia
Fuchsia flower
Good taste , Confiding love
Furze
Furze flower
Anger
Gardenia
Gardenia white
Secret admiration and love
Gentian
Gentian
Sweetness
Gerbera
Gerbera pink
Happiness, Cheerfulness
Geranium
Geranium red
Comfort, Stupidity
Ginger Flower
Ginger flower red
Proud, Majestic
Gloxinia
Gloxinia purple
Love at first sight
Hawthorn
Hawthorn flower
Hope
Heliotrope
Heliotrope white
Eternal love
Hibiscus
Hibiscus red
Delicate beauty
Holly
Holly plant
Coming of joys
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle flower
Devoted love, Generous
Hop
Hops flower
Injustice
Houseleek
Houseleek flower
Domestic Economy
Hyacinth (Blue)
Hyacinth blue
Constancy
Hyacinth (General)
Hyacinth general
Games, Sports
Hydrangea (Snowball Flower)
Hydrangea blue
Frigidity, Vanity, Heavenly thoughts
Ipomoea
Ipomoea purple
I belong to thee
Jacob's Ladder
Jacobs ladder flower
Come down
Jasmine(White)
Jasmine white
Cheerfulness, Good sense of humor
Jasmine (Yellow)
Jasmine yellow
Modesty
Kingcup (Marsh Marigold)
Kingcup flower
Wealth, Riches
Laburnum
Laburnum flower
Pensive beauty
Lady's Slipper
Ladys slipper flower
Capricious beauty
Laurel
Mountain laurel
Perseverance, Ambition
Lavender
Lavender flower
Acknowledgment, Constancy
Lemon Blossom
Lemon flower
Discretion
Lilac
Lilac flower
First love
Lily (Calla)
Lily calla
Symbolizes magnificent beauty and purity
Lily (Casablanca)
Lily casablanca
Celebrations, Happy occasions
Lily (Orange)
Lily orange
Disdain, Hatred, Pride
Lily (Tiger)
Lily Tiger
Pride, Wealth
Lily (Water) or Lotus
Water lily pink
Purity, Truth, Mystery, Estranged love
Lily (White)
Lily White
Virginity, Majesty
Lily-Of-The-Valley
Lily of the valley white
Sweetness, Humility, Purity
Lisianthus
Lisianthus blue
Calmness
Lobelia
Lobelia blue
Malevolence, Arrogance
Love-In-The-Mist (Nigella)
Nigella
Perplexity, Delicacy
Lupine (Lupin)
Lupin red
Always happy, Voraciousness
Magnolia
Magnolia white
Nobility, Perseverance, Love for nature
Mallow
Mallow pink
Deep in love
Maple
Maple leaf
Retirement, Reserve nature
Marigold
Marigold flower
Jealousy, Cruelty, Secret affection
Marvel-Of-Peru (Four o'clock flower)
Marvel of peru flower
Flame of love
Mayflower (Trailing arbutus)
Mayflower white
Welcome, Hospitality, The beginning
Mimosa
Mimosa yellow
Exquisite, Sensitivity
Mint
Peppermint leaves
Suspicion
Myrtle
Myrtle pink
Joy, Love and remembrance
Narcissus
Narcissus white
Formality, Egotism
Nasturtium
Nasturtium red
Symbolizes
patriotism and conquest
Nightshades
Nightshade flower
Dark thoughts
Orange Blossom
Orange flower
Innocence, Eternal love
Orchid
Orchid pink
Long-lasting impression, Beautiful lady
Orchid Cattleya
Orchid Cattleya
Mature charm
Oxeye Daisy
Ox eye daisy
Patience
Pansy
Pansy purple
Thoughtfulness, Modesty
Passion Flower
Passionflower purple
Holy love, Faith and believe
Peach Blossom
Peach blossom flower
Generosity
Pear Blossom
Pear blossom flower
Good health, Hope
Peony
Peony pink
Happy Marriage, Happy life
Periwinkle (White)
Periwinkle White
Delightful memories
Petunia
Petunia pink
Resentment, Anger
Phlox
Phlox pink
Sweet dreams, Trying to please you
Pine
Pine cone
Pity, Hope
Plum Blossom
Plum blossom flower
Fidelity, Keeping promises
Poinsettia
Poinsettia red
Always cheerful
Poppy (General)
Poppy General
Imagination, Oblivion
Poppy (Red)
Poppy Red
Pleasure
Poppy (Yellow)
Poppy Yellow
Success, Wealth
Primrose (General)
Primrose General
I can't live without you
Primrose (Red)
Primrose Red
Neglected merit
Queen Anne's Lace
Queen anne lace flower
Fantasy
Quince Blossom
Quince flower red
Enticement
Ranunculus
Ranunculus flower
Dazzled, Radiant
Raspberry Blossom
Raspberry flower
Regret, Remorse
Rose (Carolina)
Rose Carolina
Love is dangerous
Rose
Rose pink
Gratitude, Thank you
Rose (Orange, Coral)
Rose Orange
Desire, Enthusiasm
Rose (Peach)
Rose Peach
Togetherness, Closing of a deal
Rose (Pink & White mixed)
Rose pink white
I love you still and will always love you
Rose (Wild)
Rose wild
Charming simplicity
Rose (Yellow)
Rose Yellow
Friendship, Joy, Gladness, Jealousy, Infidelity
Saffron
Saffron flower
Voluptuousness, Be cautious about excess pleasures
Saxifrage
Saxifrage pink
Affection
Scabious
Scabious blue
Unfortunate love, Widowhood
Sensitive Plant
Sensitive flower
Sensitivity
Snowdrop
Snowdrop flower
Friendship in trouble, Consolation, Hope
Spider Flower (Cleome)
Spider flower pink
Elope with me
Spiderwort
Spiderwort purple
Regard, Admiration
Stephanotis (Madagascar Jasmine)
Stephan otis flower
Happiness in marriage
Strawberry Flower
Strawberry flower white
Perfect goodness
Sunflower
Sunflower field
Wishes, Loyalty
Sweet Pea Flower
Sweet pea pink
Departure, Goodbye
Sweet William
Sweet william flower
Perfection, Grant me one smile
Syringa
Syringa blue
You shall be happy yet
Tansy
Tansy yellow
Resistance, Neglected
Thistle
Thistle pink
Nobility, Austerity
Tulip (Purple)
Tulip Purple
Royalty
Tulip (Red)
Tulip Red
Declaration of love, Believe me
Tulip (White)
Tulip White
Forgiveness
Tulip (Yellow)
Tulip Yellow
Hopeless love
Violets (White)
Viola white
Let's take a chance
Wisteria
Wisteria purple
Poetry, Youth, Steadfast
Witch Hazel
Witch hazel white
A spell, Inspiration
Wolfsbane
Wolfsbane blue
Misanthropy
Zephyranthes
Zephyranthes pink
Expectation
Zinnia (Mixed)
Zinnia general
Thoughts of an absent friend
Zinnia (Pink)
Zinnia pink
Lasting affection
Zinnia (Scarlet)
Zinnia red
Constancy
Zinnia (Yellow)
Zinnia yellow
Remembrance
Acacia (Rose, White)
Acacia white
Friendship, Elegance
Acacia (Yellow)
Acacia yellow
Concealed love
Acanthus
Acanthus purple
Fine arts, Artifice
Adam's Needle
Adams needle white
Best friends
Amaranth (Globe)
Amaranth purple
Immortal love
Angelica
Angelica white
Inspiration
Anthurium
Anthurium red
Hospitality
Asphodel
Asphodel white
Regret, Lassitude
Cardinal Flower
Cardinal red
Eminence
Carnation (White)
Carnation white
Sweetness, Innocence, Pure love
Carnation (Yellow)
Carnation yellow
Disdain, Rejection
Carnation (Purple)
Carnation purple
Unpredictability, Changeable
Carnation (Striped)
Carnation striped
Rejected love
Cockscomb
Cockscomb red
Silliness, Absurdity
Cyclamen
Cyclamen pink
Goodbye, Separation
Daphne Flower
Daphne pink
Glory, Fame
Delphinium (Larkspur)
Delphinium blue
Boldness, Ardent attachment, Open heart
Dew Plant
Dew plant flowers
Serenade
Eglantine (Sweet briar)
Eglantine pink
Spring, Poetry
Eupatorium
Eupatorium pink
Late, Delay
Fir
Fir tree
Evaluation, Time
Gillyflower
Gillyflower pink
Lasting beauty
Gladiolus
Gladiola
Give me a break, Strength of character
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Goldenrod plant
Encouragement, Motivation , Good fortune, Success
Hazel Flower
Hazel flower
Reconciliation
Heather Flower (white)
Heather
Protection, Wishfulness
Hollyhock
Hollyhock pink
Fruitfulness, Ambition
Hyacinth (Purple)
Hyacinth purple
Forgive me
Hyacinth (Pink, Red)
Hyacinth pink
Play
Hyacinth (White)
Hyacinth white
Loveliness
Iris
Iris purple
Faith, Thank you for your friendship
Lily (Day)
Daylily orange
Flirtation, Coquetry
Lily (Yellow)
Lily Yellow
Flirtation, Coquetry
Marjoram
Marjoram flower
Comfort, Blushes
Mistletoe
Mistletoe plant
Love and affection
Motherwort
Motherwort tree
Secret love
Oleander
Oleander pink
Beauty and grace
Palm Leaves
Palm leaf
Success, Victory
Parsley
Parsley leaves
Festivity
Periwinkle (Blue)
Periwinkle blue
Beginning of friendship
Poppy (White)
Poppy white
Consolation
Rose (Bouquet of full blooms)
Red rose bouquet
Gratitude
Rose (Bud)
Rose bud red
Innocent love, Beauty and youth
Rose (Burgundy)
Rose Burgundy
Unconscious beauty
Rose (Christmas)
Rose Christmas
Tranquility
and peacefulness
Rose (Lavender)
Rose lavender
Love at first sight
Sage
Sage flower
Domestic virtues
Salvia
Salvia purple
Wisdom, I always think of you
Snapdragon
Snapdragon pink
Gracious lady, Deception
Teasel Flower
Teasel flower
Hatred
Tulip (Pink)
Tulip pink
Caring
Verbena (Vervain)
Verbena pink
Tender, Emotional, You will get your wish, Superstition
Valerian
Valerian white
An accommodating disposition
Veronica Flower
Veronica blue
Fidelity
Violet (Blue)
Violet blue
Faithfulness, Watchfulness
Wake Robin
Wake robin white
Ardor, Zeal
Yarrow
Yarrow white
Good health
Star of Bethlehem
Star of Bethlehem
Atonement, Satisfaction
Zinnia (White)
Zinnia white
Goodness
Blue Bell (Harebell, Campanula)
Blue Bell
Constancy, Never ending love, Gratitude, Appreciation
Cypress
Cypress
Mourning, Despair
Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Be cautious
Rose (Bridal)
Rose Bridal
Happy love
  • Agrimony: Gratitude
  • Ambrosia: Reciprocated love
  • Balm: Sympathy
  • Bells of Ireland: Good luck, Best wishes
  • Betony: Surprise
  • Bittersweet Flower: Truth, Fact
  • Bouvardia: Excitement, Enthusiasm
  • Calycanthus: Benevolence
  • Cinnamon: Beauty
  • Clover (Five leafed): Bad luck
  • Clover (White flower): Think of me
  • Coriander: Lust
  • Eremurus (Foxtail lily or Desert candle): Endurance
  • Eucalyptus: Safeguard, Protection
  • Eustoma: Calmness, Thoughts
  • Eyebright (Euphrasia): Cheer up
  • Harlequin Flower: Laugh at trouble
  • Hawkweed: Quick-sighted
  • Hemlock: You will kill me
  • Hyacinth (Yellow): Jealousness
  • Lady's Tresses: Bewitching grace
  • Lily (Eucharis): Maiden charms
  • London Pride (Saxifraga): Frivolity
  • Mignonette (Reseda): Deserve
  • Moss Rose: Confession of love
  • Orange Mock: Deceit
  • Pepper Flower: Warm feelings
  • Privet: Prohibition, Ban
  • Pyxie: Life is sweet
  • Quaking Grass: Anger, Agitation
  • Quamoclit: Busybody
  • Ragged Robin: Ardor, Intense feeling of love
  • Rocket Flower: Rivalry, Competition
  • Rose (Black): Death
  • Sainfoin: You confuse me
  • Satin Flower: Fascination
  • Tamarisk (Salt Cedar): Crime, Guilty
  • Tuberose: Dangerous
  • Violet (General): Faithfulness, Modesty
  • Viscaria: Will you dance with me
  • Wallflower: Adversity, Friendship
  • Wormwood: Absence
  • Xeranthemum: Eternity, Immortality
  • Zinnia (Magenta): Long-lasting affection
Getting the literal meaning of flowers is all up to the sender and the 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 with the help of the flowers list above, so as to decode what the sender really wants to say by gifting those special flowers.