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Knowledge Is Flower

We are all inspired by flowers. Sending flowers has always been a gesture accompanied by a sentiment. I do not know of one person in the world that is not uplifted in some way, when in the presence of beautiful flowers. Even in mourning, flowers have been a symbol of comfort. They are somewhere and everywhere all the time, for all occasions, happy and sad. Knowing what they mean is more of what they mean to you. Why you are sending or what it means to receive varies for everyone. There are however, historical and adapted meanings, which come from a variety of sources and time periods. Here is a collection of flower meanings, which I think have meaning. I have also added fun and important facts. Enjoy!

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria symbolizes friendship and devotion, and the twists in the flower symbolize the trials and tribulations of friendships.

  • They come in orange, pink, purple, red, yellow, white or salmon colors.
  • It is named after the Swedish botanist Klas von Alstroemer.
  • Alstroemeria flowers have no fragrance.
Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies signify magnificence and beauty.

  • Calla lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers with a unique flower form and are very popular for wedding bouquets.
  • Calla lilies come in a wide array of colors, shades of green, pink, purple, yellow and orange.
  • Though called a lily, Calla lilies are not really lilies.
  • The word Calla comes from the Greek term for beautiful.
  • The Calla lily roots are poisonous.
Carnations

Carnations in general mean fascination, a woman's love.

  • Pink means a mother's love
  • Light Red means admiration
  • Dark Red means deep love and a woman's affection
  • White means pure love and good luck
  • Striped means regret
  • Green for St. Patrick's Day
  • Purple means capriciousness
  • Yellow means disappointment

The Carnation was given by Anna Jarvis to her Mother on the first Mother's Day because it was her favorite flower!
Historically, Carnations are known to have been used for the first time by Greeks and Romans.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy and long life.

  • A red chrysanthemum conveys love; a white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth and loyal love while a yellow chrysanthemum symbolizes slighted love.
  • Chrysanthemum blooms come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and in a wide range of colors. In addition to the traditional yellow, other popular colors are white, purple, and red.
  • Chrysanthemum flavored tea is very popular and is used as a relaxant.
Daisy

Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity.

  • It can also symbolize new beginnings. The flower meaning of daisy is loyal love and I will never tell.
  • Daisies are simple yet sophisticated and are some of the most beautiful flowers in the floral world.
  • Daisies convey cheer and exuberance in spades. Not surprisingly, daisies are popular both for gifting and growing in gardens.
Delphinium

Delphinium symbolizes big heartedness, fun, lightness & levity

Gardenias

Gardenias symbolize purity and sweetness. They indicate secret love. They convey joy. They tell the receiver you are lovely.

  • Gardenias are waxy, white and very fragrant flowers. They are one of the most popular exotic flowers.
Gerberas

Gerberas are the most popular florist flowers next only to Carnations and Roses. Having a long vase life, they are a favorite in floral arrangements.

  • The meanings of gerbera flowers stem from those attributed to the general daisy family. These meanings include innocence and purity.
  • Daisies are also a classic symbol of beauty however; the gerbera variety holds an added meaning of cheerfulness, which stems from the assortment of colors available.
  • Gerberas come in a wide range of colors - from light to dark yellow, orange, pink, brilliant scarlet, deep red, and many more.
Gladiolus

Gladiolus flower signifies remembrance. It also expresses infatuation, telling the receiver that he or she pierces the heart. It also stands for strength of character, faithfulness and honor.

  • The impressive flower spikes of Gladioli come in a wide array of beautiful colors.
  • Some parts of the Gladiolus plant are poisonous if ingested and handling some species may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.
Hydrangea

Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. In its negative sense hydrangea symbolizes frigidity and heartlessness.

  • In Hydrangea species the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple.
Iris

Iris is the flower of the Greek goddess Iris who is the messenger of Love. In the language of flowers Iris symbolizes eloquence.

  • The word Iris means rainbow. Irises come in many colors such as blue and purple, white and yellow, pink and orange, brown and red, and even black.
  • A purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. A blue iris symbolizes faith and hope. A yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity. A gift of iris can be used to convey many emotions.
Larkspur

Larkspur (Delphinium consolida) belongs to the buttercup family –

  • Larkspur flowers are almost as complex as the Orchids. The colorful Larkspur blooms cover a spectrum from white to blue to violet.
  • The Larkspur plant is toxic. The stem and seeds contain alkaloids.
Lilac

Lilac symbolizes youthful innocence and confidence. White lilac symbolizes humility and innocence, field lilac symbolizes charity while purple lilac symbolizes first love.

Lily

Lily The Lily flower symbolizes purity and refined beauty.

  • Lilies rank 4th among flowers in popularity!
  • Lilies of different kinds are commonly found all across the globe. Lilies come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Some have faint scents, some with very strong fragrant scents.
Orchid

Orchid is a symbol of the exotic beauty. It symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. It also symbolizes proud and glorious femininity.

Peony

Peony symbolizes bashfulness and compassion. It can also be used to express indignation or shame. It symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity.

Roses

Roses have inspired people to develop a language of roses by devoting meanings to color, variety and number of roses being gifted. According to tradition, the rose is considered the flower of love. Undoubtedly red roses say "I Love You" on Valentine's Day.

It's helpful to know the symbolic meanings associated with roses when you choose to send them. When you choose a certain color, variety or number of roses for someone, it has meaning, for you and for them. This list was created to help those who may not be familiar with Rose language.

Red Roses: A red rose has always been an expression of love, longing, desire, respect, admiration or devotion. The number of red roses has special romantic meanings associated with them. 12 red roses is the most popular of all, "I love you".

White Roses: White is the color of purity and innocence.

White flowers mostly symbolize new beginnings and are a favorite for a first-time bride walking down the aisle. White flowers can be used to convey sympathy or humility, and are often the choice for funeral arrangements. The white rose is also true to these meanings.

Yellow Roses: Yellow roses symbolize sunny feelings of joy, warmth and welcome. They are symbols of friendship and caring. The yellow rose does not represent the sentiment of love. More of I like you, my friend.

Pink Roses: With some variation pink roses symbolize admiration, joy and gratitude. Light pink roses: sweetness and innocence, Deep pink roses: gratitude and appreciation. Pink roses also represent elegance and grace.

Lavender Roses: have a mystical feeling of enchantment. It has also been said to mean "love at first sight". Darker shades of lavender roses, like purple, are more regal with majestic splendor. These roses represent fascination and adoration.

Orange Roses: signify passion with vibrant energy. They can be used to express intense desire or pride. With a sense of fascination, these flowers rival only the red roses as messengers of passion when it comes to romance.

Blue Roses: are not achieved naturally so they represent the desire for the unattainable. They are said to mean "I can't have you but I can't stop thinking about you"

Black Roses: Black is the color of death and farewell. A black rose, like the blue rose remains elusive. What we know as black roses are actually really dark red roses. Sending black roses to someone indicates the death of the relationship.

Mixed Roses: When sending a mixed color rose bouquet, it symbolizes the combined meaning of the roses. For example, a bouquet of red and white roses could mean I love you intensely and my intentions are honorable. A random mix of roses may represent mixed feelings or send a message of love, friendship or both.

Ranunculus

Ranunculus symbolizes radiant charm. It conveys a message that you are radiant with charm or you are attractive.

Snapdragon

Snapdragon symbolizes graciousness and strength. Its negative connotations include deception and presumption.

Sunflower

Sunflower signifies pure thoughts. It symbolizes adoration and dedication. It is symbolic of dedicated love. It is however also symbolic of haughtiness.

  • In Greek, helios means sun and anthos means flower, thus Sunflower.
  • Sunflower is notable for turning to face the Sun, a behavior known as heliotropism.
  • Sunflower seeds have lots of calcium and 11 other important minerals. They do have 50% fat, but it is mostly polyunsaturated linoleic acid.
  • According to the 1996 Guiness Book of Records, the tallest Sunflower ever grown measured 25 feet 5 and 1/2 inches.
Stock

Stock symbolizes lasting beauty and a happy life. It is indicative of bonds of affection and is symbolic of promptness.

Statice

Statice is symbolic of remembrance. It also symbolizes sympathy and success.

Tulip

Tulip symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover and a declaration of love. It also symbolizes fame and perfect love.

  • Tulips are very popular to an extent that during the 17th century, most of Europe particularly Holland, was gripped in a craze for Tulips that as a result, many had to sell off their fortunes. It was popularly known as the Tulipomania.
  • Tulips are the third most popular flowers world-wide next only to the Rose and Chrysanthemum.
  • There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips.
  • Every year billions of Tulips are cultivated, a majority of which are grown and exported from Holland.
  • Fresh out of onions? Use your Tulip bulbs instead! Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.