Have you ever received a bouquet of flowers and wondered, “What is the meaning of all this?” Probably not, but flowers were a common means of communication for hundreds of years!
The meaning behind various flower types and their color was established long ago. Over the years their meaning has been steadfast. You knew what was meant if you received a bouquet of white Camellia’s. The sender was telling you they felt that you are adorable! If your birthday is in March you could expect a bouquet of Daffodils!
Now-a-days you won’t come across very many people who know the meaning of flowers (and foliage), but a well versed florist will definitely know.
Whether the receiver is aware of the meaning of the arrangement you send. it can still be fun to choose particular flowers for the arrangement that mean something to you.
On the other hand, if the receiver may be wise to flowers and their meaning, you may want to consult your flower guide before sending a bouquet of pink Camellia’s to an acquaintance!
If your birth month is:
- January – Your flower is the Snowdrop which means purity and hope.
- February – Your flower is a Violet which reflects modesty and kindness.
- March – You covet the Daffodil that are sincere and gracious.
- April – Looks to the Primrose representing lovers.
- May – Has the White Lily that is purity and sweetness.
- June – Enjoys the Wild Rose of love and loyalty.
- July – Only has Carnations on their mind of kind thoughts.
- August – Puts it all on White Heather for luck and good fortune.
- September enjoys Michaelmas Daisy with riches and happiness.
- October reminisces of Rosemary with remembrance.
- November dutifully seeks Chrysanthemum holding true to faith and truth.
- December is always the Ivy of fidelity and faithfulness.
When you, or your florist, create a bouquet you can select flowers with certain meaning to get your message across to the receiver. If you are a shy person you might send a bouquet of Mignonette with Clovers (four leaf of course). And what better way to let the office flirt know your tired of the flirting than with white Carnations and Deadly Nightshade!
Common Flowers in a Bouquet and Their Meanings:
- Aster – Love, daintiness.
- Bird-Of-Paradise – Joyfulness.
- Camellia – Beauty, loveliness.
- – Camellia (White) – Your adorable.
- – Camellia (Pink) – Longing for you.
- – Camellia (Red) – You are a flame in my heart.
- Candytuft – Indifference, lack of affection.
- Carnation (Red) – I long for you.
- – Carnation (White) – Disregard, disdain.
- Clover four leafed – Be mine.
- Columbine – Foolishness.
- Daffodil – Chivalry.
- Daisy – Innocent, pure.
- Deadly Nightshade – Falsehood, untrue.
- Fern – You fascinate me.
- Forget-me-not – Do not forget about me.
- Foxglove – I bow down to you.
- Geranium – To console you.
- Golden Rod – Be on your guard.
- Heliotrope – I am devoted to you.
- Hyacinth (White) – Sweetness.
- Ivy – Faithfulness. I cling to you.
- Lily of the Valley – Happiness will return.
- – Lily (White) – Sweetness.
- – Lily (Yellow) – Gay, Happy.
- Mignonette – Your qualities are even greater than your charms.
- Myrtle – Love.
- Orchid – Beautiful lady.
- Orange Blossom – Chastity.
- Pansy – Thoughts.
- Passion Flower – Willing to suffer hardship for you.
- Peach Blossom – I am captivated by you.
- Primrose – A token of love.
- Rose – A token of love.
- – Rose (Red) – Bashful, shy.
- – Rose (Pink) – Please believe me.
- – Rose (White) – I will be worthy.
- – Rose (Yellow) – Jealousy.
- Rosebuds – A confession of great love.
- Snapdragon – Desire.
- Statice – Remembrance.
- Sweet Pea – You leave me or I leave you.
- Tulip – Love and caring.
- Verbena – Pray for me.
Some floral combinations have well known messages already…
- Daisy and Mignonette – Your qualities surpass even your great beauty.
- Ferns and Lily of the Valley – You are sweet and charming and you fascinate me.
- Ivy leaves and yellow rose – Your jealousy has put an end to our friendship.
- Columbine, daisy and lily – You have played false and broken our friendship.
- Pink and laurel leaves – Your high qualities have been noticed by me.
- Goldenrod, sweet pea and forget me not – Danger is at hand, be careful, I go away but don’t forget me.
Now, the next time you receive a bouquet of flowers you won’t have to ask, “What’s the meaning of all this?” You will know!