Exotic flowers

When I think about gifting flowers to someone for a special occasion (‘just because’ is a special occasion by the way) I often find myself considering the flowers with meaning. Although there is a good chance the recipient might not know the meaning behind the flowers, I endeavor not to make any mistakes.

Like, send someone the tansy, beautiful yellow puff balls which mean ‘I declare war on you’. Read more and get awesome information on flowers with meaning, hope you find it useful.

Flowers with meaning include Hyacinth, carnations, Tulips, Lilies, Amaryllis, Anemone, Chamomile, Sunflower, Camellia, Orchid, Peonies, Lilac, Hydrangea, Gerbera, daisies, Daffodil, Anthurium, Bird of Paradise, Aster, verbena, Gillyflower.

Chrysanthemums, Hyssop, Black-eyed Susans, Yellow Acacia, Jasmine, Gardenia, Goldenrod, Protea King, White Dittany, White Clove, Azalea, Heliotrope, Roses, Purple Iris, Nasturtiums, Queen Anne’s Lace, Morning Glories, Red Poppies, Pansy, Tansy, Lavender, Heather Lavender.

Salvia, Alstroemeria, Basil, Rhododendron, Bluebell, Lotus Flower, Snapdragon, Ivy, Bouvardia Double, freesia, Forget-me-not, Violets, Sweet Pea, Bachelor’s Button, Ranunculus, Wallflower, Stock, Zinnia, Valerian, Hollyhock, Holly, Crocus, Delphinium, Angelica, Gladiolus, Statice, and Cyclamen.

History of Flowers with Meaning

The association of flowers and different types of meanings is a tradition that dates back centuries. In fact, nearly every sentiment imaginable to mankind can be expressed with flowers. Not only is the flower type associated with a certain meaning but the color of the flower carries a different meaning in some of the flowers.

One of the flowers that the majority of the people know and associate with different meanings is the rose flower. I have written a whole article about roses and their meanings based on color as well as on the number of stems gifted, you can read about it here.

Flowers with meaning range from the common flowers that we encounter every day to those that are a bit exotic depending on the region where you live. However, it can be expected that regardless of where you are located on this earth, you will have access to the flowers that you need to express that burning feeling.

Flowers with Meaning

Hyacinths are flowers with meaning depending on the color of the particular flower. The purple hyacinth bloom symbolizes sorrow, regret, forgiveness in essence ‘please forgive me’. The blue hyacinth bloom symbolizes constancy of love while the yellow represents jealousy. The white hyacinth represents loveliness or prayers for the receiver and the pink and red for playfulness.

Carnations are also flowers with meaning based on the color. The white symbolizes lovely and sweet, pure love and innocence. The pink stand for the ‘I will never forget you’ message and the red is for admiration and my heart aches. However, two-toned versions mean ‘I cannot be with you’ and the yellow, represent disdain, rejection, and disappointment.

Lilies are also flowers with meaning derived from color but generally signify refined beauty and purity. The yellow lily signifies gaiety, the white modesty, and virginity while the orange lily signifies passion. The lily of the valley symbolizes purity of heart and sweetness.

Amaryllis is symbolic of splendid beauty or worth that is beyond beauty. It can also symbolize pride.

Anemone is used to indicate forsaken.

Chamomile used to signify energy in adversity or for some patience.

Bird of Paradise is used to signify joy and in many cultures, it also symbolizes paradise similar to the name of the flower.

Camellia is lush flowers that have the meaning of my destiny is in your hands.

Orchid is used to signify exotic beauty, refinement, mature charm, thoughtfulness, and proud/glorious femininity.

Peonies are flowers with meaning that can either be a happy life, good health, prosperity, and happy marriage or compassion and bashfulness. However, they can also be used by passive-aggressive people to express anger.

Tansy, beautiful yellow puff balls which mean ‘I declare war on you’.

Lilac signifies confidence as well as the joy of youth. While the purple symbolizes first love and the white lilac, innocence, and

Hydrangea in the positive symbolize gratitude for being understood and heartfelt emotions. However, in the negative, they signify heartlessness and frigidity.

Gerbera is given the meaning of cheerfulness.

Daisies are used to symbolize purity, innocence, loyal love/ I will never tell.

Daffodil is used to signify chivalry and regard as well as new beginnings, eternal life and rebirth. Perfect for someone with a new job, baby or home.

Anthurium is indicative of happiness, abundance, and more commonly hospitality.

Bird of paradise is used to indicate joyfulness and magnificence as well as wonderful and exciting anticipation.

Aster is indicative of patience, daintiness, love, and elegance.

Verbena is used to pass a message of ‘pray for me’.

Gillyflower, a heavily scented flower symbolizes a happy

Chrysanthemums simply symbolize honesty.

Hyssop symbolize sacrifice and cleanliness.

Black-eyed Susans signify justice.

Yellow Acacia represent the value of true friendship can also be used to indicate secret love.

Jasmine represents love, sensuality, modesty, nobility, elegance, and

Gardenia is a romantic flower that is used to indicate a secret love.

Goldenrod is used to represent encouragement.

Protea king is used to signifying resourcefulness and diversity. The flower means transformation and change.

White Dittany is a perfect inclusion in a bouquet for a birthday or valentines. they symbolize passion and love.

White Clove is associated with vitality and is used to symbolize good luck or think of me.

Azalea is indicative of femininity and included in bouquets sent to loved ones and partners.

Heliotrope represents eternal love.

Purple iris commonly represents royalty. However, they are also used to indicate respect and wisdom.

Nasturtiums represent patriotism.

Queen Anne’s Lace is symbolic of a sanctuary or haven. It is used to signify delicateness and complexity.

Morning Glories are used to indicate affection possibly because they greet the day with awesome beauty.

Red poppies are used to represent remembrance and consolation.

Pansy is also used to express remembrance just like the red poppy. But can also be used to express thoughtfulness.

Lavender is used when indicating a message of devotion.

Heather Lavender is also a flower with meaning associated with the color. The lavender colored ones symbolize solitude, beauty, and The white heather symbolizes protection as well as indicating that the recipient’s wishes will come true.

Salvia is used to symbolizing ‘forever mine’ when its red in color and ‘I think of you’ when blue in color.

Alstroemeria is used to symbolize fortune, wealth, prosperity and friendship.

Basil is one of the flowers with meaning that is strong and negative as it is ‘hate’. However, the flower is grown more as a cooking ingredient rather than as a flower included in bouquets.

Tulips are also flowers with meaning associated with color. The red tulip signifies a declaration of love, perfect love as well as passion. While the yellow tulip symbolizes sunshine in your smile as well as fame.

Rhododendron which is actually poisonous has the meaning of ‘beware’, danger or flee.

Bluebell is used to represent kindness and humility.

Lotus flower is used to indicate enlightenment, rebirth, purity, and self-regeneration.

Snapdragon can be used to symbolize both positive and negative meanings. In the positive, it is symbolic of strength and graciousness. In the negative, it is symbolic of presumption and deception.

Ivy symbolizes continuity and friendship.

Bouvardia Double is used to symbolize enthusiasm as well as indicate zest for life.

Freesia symbolize thoughtfulness and innocence

Forget-me-nots are used to symbolize true love memories, as well as the more direct meaning of forget-me-not.

Violets are used to represent devotion, faithfulness, modesty, and Blue violets are symbolic of trustworthiness and faith.

Sweet Pea is indicative of pleasures and bliss.

Bachelor’s Button also known as the cornflower is symbolic of single blessedness.

Ranunculus is used to symbolize radiant charm. It is used to convey a message of ‘you are attractive’ or ‘you are radiant with charm’.

Wallflower is symbolic of faithfulness in adversity.

Stocks are symbolic of promptness and bond of affection. It is also indicative of a happy life and lasting beauty.

Zinnia is used to symbolize ‘thoughts of absent friend’s’.

Valerian is used for symbolizing

Hollyhock is symbolic of ambition.

Holly is used for symbolizing

Crocus is used to symbolize youthful gladness.

Delphinium indicates fun, big-heartedness, levity and lightness.

Angelica symbolic of inspiration because they are associated with feelings of creativeness, restfulness and stress relief.

Gladiolus are indicative of honor, the strength of character, faithfulness, and remembrance.

Statice is used to symbolizes success, sympathy, and remembrance.

Cyclamen is used to symbolize resignation and good-bye.

I hope you found the flowers with meaning article helpful. If you are aware of any other flowers with meaning feel free to leave a comment below and I will include it in the list. Don’t forget to follow me on Flowerthings Pinterest for awesome posts on all things flowers.



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  1. This is interesting, about all those flowers and their meanings. What do sunflowers symbolize? I love them and would like to know.

    1. Hey @Nicole, sunflowers symbolize longevity, joy, and adoration. I have actually written a whole article on sunflowers check it out

  2. Thanks for this article. I try to grow as many different flowers in my Alaskan garden as will grow. Roses and violets are my favorite flowers. Thanks again. Elinore

  3. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  4. love your knowledge and the many meanings. Towards the end of your list there were 3 pictures of flowers (between Tulips & Rhododendron) the 3rd flower is
    stunning would love to know the name and how I could get one to try them out.
    It looks like plastic and purple shiny petals are beautiful. JJ

  5. Multumesc pentru acest articol. Multe lucruri foarte intresante.Ce simbolizeaza CONVALLARIA MAJALIS ?

  6. Thank you so much for this wonderful site! I always loved plants and flowers, and grow some in my apartment, some in a 50-gallon fish tank turned “terrarium”. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your blog. Thanks again, Liliane 🙂

  7. It’s good to know that white dittany flowers work on birthdays or valentine’s since they symbolize love. My brother asked for my help choosing a custom floral arrangement for his anniversary with his wife near the start of next year. I appreciate you sharing this info so I can help him select meaningful and beautiful flowers for the arrangement!

  8. Is there a meaning behind Hibiscus? There are so many colorful varieties. The dinnerplate Hibiscus sun fizzle is lovely..as is the voodoo hibiscus.
    Also, I love your list.. thank you for creating it..
    I just wish it were alphabetical so I can do a quick search when buying an arrangement. 😊🌺🏵️💐

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