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The Language of Flowers

Posted on 15 Nov, 2017
The Language of Flowers

Whenever we think of flowers, a sense of vibrancy and positivity instantly wells up in us. That’s the power of flowers! The different meanings of flowers have been fascinating people for years and William Shakespeare’s narratives are a proof of that. Yes, flowers do have a language of their own. They form an integral part of several important events in our lives. You present them to your loved ones and acquaintances on birthdays, weddings, graduation, funerals and so on. Some may also have certain religious significance.

Unfortunately, majority of the people are unaware of the meaning of a flower before gifting it. Even those who receive the flowers might not know what they symbolize. So the underlying message is actually lost.

Here’s your chance to get to know a bit more about your favorite flowers and the meaning behind gifting them!

1. Roses

While we all know that red roses are a symbol of love, these flowers are also available in several other colors. Each color has a unique meaning to it. Check out what the different colors of roses signify:

White rose: innocence, purity, silence, reverence

Deep red rose: indescribable beauty, romantic love

Yellow rose: friendship, joy, a new beginning

Coral rose: sympathy, modesty, friendship

Pink rose: happiness, grace, gentleness

Orange rose: enthusiasm and desire

2. Carnations

Carnations are symbolic of beauty and pride. A red colored carnation, in particular, is a symbol of love, admiration and pride. Pink carnations are indicative of a woman/mother’s love. Yellow carnation flowers symbolize disdain, disappointment or rejection. Purple ones symbolize capriciousness and white carnations are a symbol of pure love and innocence.

3. Orchids

Orchids have a beautiful, exotic appearance and represent delicate and rare beauty. If you’re looking to make a powerful impression by gifting a bouquet of unique flowers, then orchids are a perfect choice. They look brilliant in both flower arrangement and pots. There is no denying the exclusive appeal of orchids.

4. Tulips

The tulip flower symbolizes perfect love. These flowers can lend a sense of elegance and grace to any setting. Tulips are popular throughout the world and known to be among the most commonly cultivated flowers. They have a special association with the beautiful Netherlands. The floral community particularly adores the gorgeous variety of Dutch tulips.

5. Lilies

The lily flower is a symbol of refined beauty and purity. Here are the different meanings behind the different colors of lilies:

White lily: virginity and modesty

Orange lily: passion

Yellow lily: gaiety

Lily of the Valley: purity, sweetness

The Easter lily: the Virgin Mary
 

6. Sunflowers

Sunflowers, known for their vibrant yellow petals are a symbol of adoration and warmth. Besides resembling the sun, these flowers also keep turning towards it with the day progressing. Sunflowers may also symbolize longevity.

7. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a symbol of heartfelt emotions. They are often used for expressing gratitude on different occasions. On the other hand, hydrangeas are also said to symbolize heartlessness and frigidity.


Flowers are always an appropriate gift and a safe bet for any occasion now that you know a little bit about what each of them represents, you'll be able to make that gift to that special someone all the more meaningful.

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