In the Victorian era flowers and floral arrangements were used to send secret messages through their meanings, allowing people to express feelings they otherwise could not. The “language of flowers” also known as “floriography” was the dictionary by which these flower meanings were translated. The meanings may have changed slightly over time but the overall messages remain the same. Below you will find a list of flower names and meanings.
White:truth, loyal love
Yellow:slighted love Daisy Meaning:In general daisies represent innocence, loyal love, I’ll never tell, purity, love that conquers all, beauty and simplicity. They are also associated with the 50thwedding anniversary. Hydrangea Meaning:In general hydrangea signifies friendship, devotion and understanding. Iris Meaning:In general irises signify wisdom, valued friendship, faith, hope, valor, my compliments and passion. They are also associated with the 25th wedding anniversary and are the emblem of France (fleurs de lis). Lily Meaning:In general lilies represent majesty, wealth, pride, innocence and purity. Like most flowers, different colors and varieties of lilies have different meanings.White Lilies: purity, modesty, virginity and it’s heavely to be with you. They are linked to Juno the queen of the gods in Roman mythology. The story is that while nursing her son Hercules, some excess milk fell from the sky creating the group of stars we call the Milky Way, and lilies were created from what milk fell to the earth.
The Easter lily: known as the symbol of the Virgin Mary.
Orange Lilies: flame, I burn for you
Yellow Lilies: I’m walking on air, false, gay
The Calla Lily: signifies magnificent beauty and is associated with the 6th wedding anniversary. Orchid Meaning:In general orchids represent rare beauty, love and refinement. They are also associated with the 28thwedding anniversary. Rose Meaning:In general roses symbolize love, passion and perfection. For more on rose meanings and rose color meaning an article is on its way! Sunflower Meaning:Sunflowers signify pure and lofty thoughts. Tulip Meaning:In general tulips signify fame, the perfect lover and is the flower emblem of Holland. Each color has its own meaning as well.Red:believe me, declaration of love and fame
Yellow:hopeless love, there’s sunshine in your smile