Color of flowers mean

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Red Flowers

It’s no surprise that a bouquet of red roses is the symbol for passion during courtship. Red is an undeniable symbol of love and romance, primarily because the color red is associated with the heart. Red also represents the color of flushed cheeks. In addition to desire, red can also represent strength and courage, two very important characteristics when you’re about to go on that first date.

Love, Romance, Desire

Roses, Tulips, Carnations

Orange Flowers

Orange flowers are a common gift to a family who’s greiving as it can brighten up a room and bring cheer. Upbeat and enthusiastic, the color brings joy to someone feeling under the weather or facing a hardship. Unlike red, orange flowers are playful as evidenced by their appearance in bright wildflowers like daisies and poppies. Overall, adding orange to your environment can bring a warm and energectic vibe.

Joy, Happiness, Warmth

Lilies, Dahlias

Yellow Flowers

Don’t mistake a bouquet of yellow blooms as a ticket to the “friend zone.” What yellow may lack in romance, it makes up for in lightheartedness and compassion. Yellow flowers make a great workplace gift to a coworker having a rough week or to show your appreciation for someone’s hard work. Because yellow comes in softer tones than orange or red, it can also symbolize understanding and a willingness to renew broken relationships.

Friendship, Good Health, Respect

Sunflowers, Daisies, Daffodils, Ranunculus

Green Flowers

After a long winter, the first sight of green is always a sign of spring to come. Green flowers represent new life, good fortune and renewal, and can typically be found in plants like ivy or vines. Take a well-manicured lawn for example –– incorporating green arrangements can bring balance, freshness and harmony.

Harmony, Wellness, Youthfulness

Hydrangeas, Orchids, Spider Mum

Blue Flowers

While red can spark feelings of romance, blue can keep a romantic fire burning. A symbol of commitment and peace, blue flowers are a popular choice among couples who want to communicate trust. Blue can also calm worries and signal support, making it an appropriate gift for greiving or sick friends. If you’re feeling stressed, display a bouquet of blue flowers nearby to act as a calming presence in the room.

Serenity, Intimacy, Openess

Irises, Morning Glory, Hyacinth

Indigo Flowers

Indigo can conjure up images of a deep, deep sea or dark midnight. For many, it has a calming effect, but can also express a feeling of mystery, intuition, balance and structure. Indigo flowers are perfect to give to someone who is constantly busy as a way of signaling to slow down and listen to their gut feelings.

Wisdom, Integrity, Sincerity

Baptisia, Pansies, Daisies

Purple Flowers

Rooted in roytalty, purple is commonly associated with signs of wealth and elegance. It also represents vibrant creativity and can be a great mood booster for those in need of a challenge. Purple flowers are a popular gift alternative to red bouquets as they represent an important transition in life, such as a move, engagement or major life change.

Pride, Success, Refinement

Lilacs, Calla Lilies, Asters

Pink Flowers

Pink flowers are a popular alternative to red or yellow flowers, as they strike a good balance between intense love and friendship. Playful, delicate and feminine, pink flowers can represent openess to life’s possibilities and convey gentleness and delicacy. Pink can represent spontaneity and care, making it a perfect surpirse gift to long distance friends and relatives.

Grace, Happiness, Innocence

Roses, Dahlias, Azaleas

White Flowers

White flowers express purity, innocence, thoughtfulness and fidelity. A popular choice for a bride’s bouquet or ceremonial displays, white flowers can stand alone as single bouquets or pair well with other romantic-colored flowers like red or pink. In addition, fixing white with other colorful blooms enforces the authenticity of a meaning, expressing the highest levels of understanding.

Purity, Honesty, Perfection

Orchids, Lilies, Roses

45 Flower Meanings: Discover the Significance Behind Each Bloom

Blooms of every shape and color are gorgeous, but did you know that each has its own unique significance? Read on to discover 45 flower meanings, from roses (passionate love) to gardenias (purity).

1. Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a beautiful flower that represents fortune, devotion and friendship. Alstroemeria comes in a wide variety of shades, including white, pink, red, orange, purple and yellow. You can even find them in rare royal or grape purple. They’re often two-toned and freckled, giving them a bit more depth and interest. A single stem has an average of four blooms, along with some great sword-shaped greenery that adds color and volume.

2. Amaryllis

Amaryllis symbolizes pride, determination and radiant beauty. The word “amaryllis” comes from the Greek word “amaryssein,” which means “to sparkle.” Often associated with the holidays, amaryllis are commonly used in festive centerpieces or within a wreath. There’s no wrong way to use these hardy blooms. Amaryllis is a wonderfully versatile flower that packs a big punch with several show-stopping blooms on each broad stem.

3. Anemones

Also known as windflowers, anemones symbolize anticipation and are thought to bring luck and protect against evil. They’re a highly sought-after wedding flower that comes in a variety of both natural and tinted shades. Colors include red, hot pink, burgundy, blue and purple. If you’re not a fan of the black centers, they’re also available with pale green centers! Pair anemones with larkspur and waxflower to attain an on-trend wildflower look!

4. Anthurium

Tropical anthurium is an exotic flower that symbolizes hospitality and also represents kindness, making these heart-shaped blooms a perfect addition to your home. These flowers have a waxy appearance and come in six vibrant colors. They pair well with other standout blooms like protea, orchids, and roses.

5. Astilbe

The astilbe flower is also known as false spirea, false goat’s beard, or feather flower and they are said to have the meaning of “I will be waiting for you’ or ‘I’ll still be waiting,” symbolizing patience and dedication to a loved one. But don’t let their delicate look fool you, they are actually pretty hardy flowers. The flowers sit on strong green stems above airy, green foliage. Each stem features a plume of feather-shaped branches that hold clusters of small flowers, resulting in a beautiful, feathery soft bloom. Astilbe is available in white, red and several shades of pink.

6. Bouvardia

Bouvardia symbolizes enthusiasm, and are named in honor of Charles Bouvard, who ran the Royal Gardens in Paris during the reign of Louis XIII. Bouvardia features beautiful clusters of flowers shaped like stars on delicate branches, and are available in yellow, pink, red, peach and white. Bouvardia is also referred to as royal katty, albatross and pink luck.

7. Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise symbolizes joy and paradise. This tropical flower (a.k.a. the crane flower) also represents faithfulness, thoughtfulness and love. The hard, beak-like part of the flower is known as spathe, and gives the flower the appearance of a bird’s head and beak since it is perpendicular to the stem. Once bloomed, each stem features three vibrant orange petals and three blue petals.

8. Calla Lilies

Named after the Greek word for beauty, calla lilies are a traditional symbol of marriage and are used to celebrate major transitions in life. Calla lilies altogether exemplify “magnificent beauty,” while white calla lilies especially represent purity, honesty and innocence, making them a popular choice for wedding bouquets. Other than white, calla lilies also come in shades of pink, purple, yellow, orange and more.

9. Carnations

Carnations, like roses and some other flowers, have slightly different symbolism for the different colors. As a whole, they are said to symbolize pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration, while a pink carnation symbolizes the love of a woman or a mother. A white carnation symbolizes innocence and pure love. Use single stems throughout your arrangements for a pop of fun color, or bunch three to five stems together to create a ruffled focal flower that may just be mistaken for a peony!

10. Celosia

Celosia, also known as coxcomb, symbolize uncomplicated affection. They are sought after for their incredible texture and unusual style. We offer both coxcomb and feather varieties in numerous striking colors. Our coxcomb celosia has a fan-shaped bloom with velvet frills. On average, the bloom size is 3-5 inches and has a stem length of 30 inches long. The feather variety is just as unique, its multiple laterals create a feathery-like look and have a soft touch too. These coral-like flowers blend fabulously with garden roses, billy balls, protea, snapdragons and the list goes on.

11. Chrysanthemums

This cheerful flower has been said to symbolize fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. Often called mums, these fun blossoms can also convey loyal love, hope and cherished friendship. They’re known to be long-lasting, low-maintenance and very affordable. Pair white chrysanthemums with lisianthus, roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and seeded eucalyptus for a classic bouquet.

12. Cornflowers

Cornflowers are fun and whimsical wildflowers that feature a brilliant true blue color. These flowers have a ball-like center with frilly petals surrounding the eye and can range in size from 1/2 an inch to 1 inch. Also known as boutonniere flowers or bachelor buttons, legend has it that cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if his love was returned the flower would remain bright and fresh, however, if the man’s love was not returned, the flower would fade quickly. No wonder cornflowers make popular boutonnieres!

13. Daffodils

Daffodils are a springtime staple that signifies rebirth and new beginnings. These star-shaped blooms tend to be overlooked and under-appreciated, but they have so much potential. Daffodils are both beautiful and affordable. In addition to their bright, classic color, daffodils are also offered in a combination of both, white and yellow, and orange and white. They also come in all-white, too. No matter the shade, you’ll find daffodils in both standard, mini and double varieties.

14. Dahlias

Dahlias are said to represent dignity, elegance and good taste. They’re a wedding favorite, available in a wide variety of bold, bright and beautiful shapes and colors. Their large blooms provide the perfect amount of fullness and elegance! Historically, dahlias have symbolized the lasting bond and commitment created between two people, which makes them a wonderful representation of marriage.

15. Daisies

Daisies symbolize new beginnings and innocence. These gorgeous spring flowers are commonly used as both focal and filler flowers in wildflower and rustic designs. They’re known as a spray variety, meaning each stem has an average spray of 3 to 5 colorful blooms. When combined with a mixture of other fillers, greenery, and a few accent flowers, daisies can truly stand out!

16. Delphinium

Delphinium represents lightheartedness and vivacity. What a beautiful flower meaning! The English word delphinium comes from the Greek word for dolphin, which is delphis. The name is fitting, thanks to the long and lean shape of flower that looks like the gentle mammal of the sea. Delphinium is also commonly known as larkspur.

17. Freesia

A great flower for adding texture, freesia symbolizes sweetness, innocence and thoughtfulness. Freesia is known for its sweet scent. These fragrant flowers have about 3-5 funnel-shaped blooms and have an average stem length of 10 to 20 inches long. Freesia looks absolutely beautiful as a stand-alone option, and also make a stunning addition to almost any arrangement. You can find freesia in a variety of colors such as white, purple, orange, yellow and more.

18. Garden Roses

Garden roses are a classic choice for wedding flowers and they go with almost every theme. Just like standard roses, these large blooms have similar respective flower meanings. Garden roses are gorgeous, full-bodied roses, that often feature a lovely fresh scent, and are available year-round. Their lush, ruffled petal, full bloom makes them irresistible!

19. Gardenia

Gardenia has been a classic wedding flower choice for generations. This sweet, fragrant flower symbolizes a few different things like purity, love and sophistication, making them a perfect pick for a bridal arrangement. Their paper-white petals and lush, evergreen foliage make them irresistible and versatile. If you choose to incorporate these blooms into your design, you’ll need to create a faux stem, often wired or glued.

20. Gerbera Daisies

A part of the daisy family, gerbera daisies specifically conveys cheerfulness. How could you not be cheerful with these bold blooms? They’re widely known as a flower for all seasons and they come in both, standard and mini varieties. With more than 10 colors to pick from and a variety of different textures, you’re bound to find the perfect flower for your design.

21. Gladiolus

A striking, long-stemmed flower filled with blooms from bottom to top, the gladiolus symbolizes generosity, sincerity, a strength of character, faithfulness and honor. Gladiolus can add height, balance and color! We offer these gorgeous flowers in an array of colors that include purple, orange, white, red, green and many shades of pink.

22. Heather

Heather represents good luck and also admiration. In sixteenth century Scotland, soldiers used to even wear white heather in their caps to bring them not only luck but protection. To this day, Scottish brides include white heather in their wedding bouquets for good luck. Heather comes in lovely shades of white, purple, pink and green.

23. Hellebores

Hellebores have been a staple for many florists for quite some time. Although the symbolism of the flower isn’t crystal clear, the one thing that is known for sure is its beauty and ability to add interest into any floral arrangement!

Hellebores have a beautiful, natural bend to their stems and have five round petals that come in an array of beautiful colors and patterns; ranging anywhere from white-green, mauve-y pink, and all the way to deep purple shades. On each stem, you’ll find 3-5 blooms with a special pattern like specks, swirls, or gradient. Available in the spring, these versatile blooms pair well with flowers like ranunculus, roses, anemones or any bloom that has a romantic feel.

24. Hyacinth

Hyacinths represent playfulness and sport. Greek legend has it that a young man Hyakinthos was loved by the Gods, and when he was killed by a discus, the flower that grew from his blood was christened a hyacinth in his name.

Hyacinth come in an array of colors, including a beautiful farm mix pack. These fragrant flowers have multiple star-shaped blooms, delicately clustered toward the top of each stem. Although their stem length is not very long (on average around 10 inches long–bloom included), they can be easily incorporated into any tall arrangement with the help of a pick and floral wire.

25. Hydrangeas

These large, full-bloom flowers are said to represent heartfelt emotions and perseverance. They can also be used to express gratitude for being understood. Naturally, hydrangeas come in shades of white, pink, green and blue (it’s one of the few flowers that have a natural, true blue color!). But thanks to the technology of floral sprays and intravenous tinting, we’re able to offer hydrangeas in just about any color!

26. Iris

Irises are associated with wisdom and trust. Each stem features a beautiful bloom with delicate petals and a striking yellow color. Iris is known as a springtime flower, but it is available year-round. You can find iris in a variety of colors such as white, yellow, purple and a couple shades of blue.

27. Lilac

Lilac has different flower meanings throughout different cultures and times, for example, magenta lilac is said to symbolize love and passion, where as lilac (the soft purple color) is said to symbolize a first love. Lilac is an excellent choice for adding texture and fullness to an arrangement. They come in beautiful shades of purple, white and blush. They’re offered in three varieties, which are standard, premium and designer.

28. Lilies

Lilies are a royal flower that symbolizes purity and refined beauty. More specifically, a white lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, while an orange lily symbolizes passion and pride.

Lilies have a star-shaped shaped bloom that features an average of 3 to 5 blooms per stem. They’re available year-round and are offered in several beautiful colors. In addition to their stunning beauty, lilies offer a sweet scent. Some varieties that have a softer aroma include hybrid lilies and asiatic lilies.

29. Lily of the Valley

Like the lily, the lily of the valley represents purity, and also happiness, sweetness and humility. The popular flower has small, dainty, bell-shaped blooms and is particularly popular for spring bouquets.

30. Lisianthus

Lisianthus has a variety of meanings, including gratitude, charm, and an everlasting bond. Its bell-shaped, ruffled blooms are available in pink, purple, white, apricot, yellow and green.

31. Orchids

Exotic beauty, glorious femininity, refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm are just some of the meanings associated with orchids.

Whether you’re planning a summer bash or a cozy fall celebration, these blooms are a suitable choice with their exotic and luxurious appeal. There are many unique colors and varieties to choose from, with over 20,000 species orchid in existence, so the options are almost endless.

32. Peonies

This flower symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity. It can also be used to express bashfulness and compassion.

Peonies are known for their large ruffled blooms and sweet floral scent, which makes them all but irresistible, these stunning symbols are one of the most sought-after flowers available, and with good reason.

33. Poinsettia

The bright red poinsettia is often affiliated with the holidays, but year round, it stands for good cheer, celebration and reassurance. This flower is perfect for winter brides.

34. Protea

This eye-catching flower is known to symbolize change and transformation. It also represents diversity and courage.

Protea has uniquely-shaped, wild-looking blossoms and a long vase life if handled properly. They can also withstand high-heat environments, making them a hardy choice for summer events. Step out of the box by pairing this statement bloom with yellow billy balls, blue thistle and succulents for a rustic look!

35. Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace symbolizes sanctuary. The filler flower features a distinct, blood-red dot in the center, which is said to represent a drop of Queen Anne’s blood that fell from her finger onto handmade lace. The flower is also referred to as bird’s nest, wild carrot and bishop’s lace.

36. Ranunculus

Ranunculus conveys the message that you are radiant with charm, and/or very attractive.

These fantastic buds are the perfect choice when adding depth and texture to floral arrangements. Their soft, round shape and abundance of delicate petals make them a unique addition to anything from elegant bridal bouquets to modern, pared-down centerpieces. Ranunculus are also available in a host of fun and beautiful colors, helping them pair well with almost any theme or pattern.

37. Roses

All roses symbolize passionate love, but specific meanings are associated with each color (read up on the different rose color meanings!).

These traditional blooms are versatile, long-lasting and fragrant. They are perfect for special occasions and “just because” moments. With many varieties and colors to choose from, you really just can’t go wrong with roses!

38. Snapdragons

Snapdragons are said to represent graciousness. They make an elegant choice for adding height and texture to an arrangement and are more than capable of standing on their own in a bouquet or centerpiece. Our snapdragons are offered in twelve different colors plus a farm mix package too!

39. Statice

Statice is another popular filler flower rife with meaning. The flower, which comes in blue, white, red, yellow, pink and purple, represents success, sympathy or remembrance, which makes it appropriate for a variety of occasions.

40. Stock

Stock stands for beauty everlasting and a joyous happy life. It also symbolizes a lasting, loving bond. This filler flower comes in white, pink, purple and peach. The flower has a delicious clove-like scent and is also known as the gillyflower.

41. Sunflowers

Since sunflowers follow the light of the sun, it is said that they represent warmth, adoration and dedication or dedicated love.

We offer several varieties of sunflowers, from traditional yellow with black centers to red-enhanced, and most of the varieties are available year-round, so you’re bound to find the perfect option for your event. Sunflowers look beautiful on their own, but pair nicely with many other flowers, like feverfew daisies, roses, solidago, lisianthus and more.

42. Sweet Peas

Like roses, sweet peas have different flower meanings depending on their color. However, they’re commonly known to symbolize appreciation and departure.

Sweet peas have a lovely fragrance and an irresistible ruffled look. These multi-florals come with about 3 to 5 blooms per stem. Sweet peas range in colors from pastel pink to bright yellow. They’re mostly used in garden-style bouquets and centerpieces. Sweet peas are gorgeous on their own but pair seamlessly with other spring flowers like peonies, garden roses and tulips.

43. Tulips

Tulips tend to mostly be associated with sweet, pastel-hued floral arrangements around Easter time. However, tulips are capable of packing a serious punch in terms of color, texture, and volume in everything from bouquets to aisle arrangements.

Given that tulips represent the perfect love, adding them to your bridal bouquet signifies a declaration of your love and faithfulness to your partner. In addition to standard tulips — which can showcase some really cool multi-tonal centers — you can also choose from feathered fringe tulips, large french tulips, bold double tulips, and ruffly parrot tulips!

44. Xerographica Tillandsia

The xerographica tillandsia, more commonly known as an air plant, is a plant that has few or no roots, therefore can live without soil, and can get water and nutrients from the air. Because they don’t need soil and have such a unique look, they are perfect for the dreamer!

Air plants are eco-friendly, easy to use and can be used almost anywhere in wedding and home decor! From bouquets and boutonnieres to unique place card holders and centerpieces, you could even create a lush, living art piece, perfect for a ceremony backdrop or just spicing up an empty wall.

45. Yarrow

For years yarrow (also known as Achillea millefolium) has been used for agricultural and medicinal purposes, but they’ve been used in floral design too.

Yarrow features multiple blooms per stem that cluster together to create the look of one large flower head. It has a fresh, herby-scent and provides the perfect pop of color. With proper care, yarrow can last up to five days and they’re also heat-tolerant flowers, so you don’t have to worry about them wilting.

46. Baby’s Breath

Baby’s breath, also known as gypsophila, is said to symbolize everlasting love, innocence and purity. Baby’s breath is often thought of as a filler flower, but it can make quite an elegant statement all on its own, think fluffy cloud-likee arrangements. It can fit with any theme, from vintage to modern, rustic to garden.

There are two types of baby’s breath: million star baby’s breath and new love baby’s breath. Million star is a classic variety and what most people think of when they think of baby’s breath. Named because each stem has a spray of many tiny white blooms that give it the appearance of a million stars. New love baby’s breath is very similar but the blooms are slightly larger.

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  • 26 Filler Flowers and Types of Greenery
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Purple Flowers Meaning

Purple Lily

There are dozens of true and false lilies with purple petals, but they all share some basic meanings. Lilies were a symbol of royalty, as seen with the lily-inspired fleur de lis symbol. Purple was also a color restricted only to the royal families for many centuries due to the rarity of the dye. Put the two meanings together and the lily is the perfect symbol of grace, royal bearing, and dignity.

Purple Rose

There are lightly lavender and mostly pink roses in nature, but the deep purple bloom only comes from the use of dye. These colored roses are used for celebrating the 25 year wedding anniversary of a couple. Lighter and more natural varieties of the purple rose symbolize calmness, achievement, and living your dream.

Lavender

You can sniff a lavender scented candle to calm yourself, so it’s no wonder that Victorian language of flowers experts considered this plant a symbol of calmness and dignity. The light purple blossoms are perfect for inspiring serenity, whether you’re giving the gift of a fresh bundle of sprigs or dried buds for using in tea and baked goods.

Purple Hibiscus

Aside from making a tasty herbal tea that is refreshing in the summer, the purple hibiscus flower comes with an air of mystery and delicate beauty. Also known as the Rose of Sharon, the short lived blossoms represent the fleeting nature of love and life. Try adding a few to a bouquet for a student to inspire them to learn even more.

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Roses often mean love. Did you know that different colored roses can have different meanings? Today let’s talk about the stunning purple rose. Often known as the “mystical rose” because it can give off the vibes of royalty, enchantment, and majesty.

The purple rose can come in a variety of shades and the lighter shades are associated with love at first sight as well as true love. The darker shades mean more of a long-term love and romance.

Let’s break down some of the colors for you…

Lavender Roses

Lavender roses can represent mystical love and enchantment. If the rose has zero thorns it represents love at first sight.

Deep Purple Roses

If your rose is more of a deep purple it can represent lasting love and can be seen as a 25th wedding anniversary gift. It also represents elegance, luxury, and sophistication.

When to Give Purple Roses

Some of the most common times to give these beauties would be for a romantic occasion, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays.

If you want to send purple roses as a gift, you can get them at these sites: 1800flowers, From You Flowers, and Teleflora.

Interested in more purple flowers? We have a great list!

Violet Meaning & Symbolism

The flower adapted for a 50th wedding celebration, the Violet’s meaning and symbolism is replete with interesting stories and cultural/religious connotations. Beginning with Christianity, the title Viola odorata means “Our Lady of Modesty” and thus the flower is associated with Mary’s humble nature and her devotion. The story goes that Violets first blossomed when Gabriel told Mary of her son’s impending birth. The Angel Gabriel watches and communicates with humankind, which gives violet another level of potential meaning – that of protection and connections.

In some sacred art they’re also used to depict a person with deep spiritual insights. These particular association also appeared throughout the Renaissance as part of Classical works. So why the symbolism of modesty? Perhaps because it’s often hard to find the beautiful Violet spirit behind its heart-shaped leaves.

During the Middle Ages monks called Violets an Herb of the Trinity because they have three primary colors. They also used the folk name of hearts ease because healers had it in their kits for heart disorders. There is no reason we cannot apply this symbolism for emotional struggles as well. Reach out to Violet Spirit when your heart is aching, or when you hope to inspire true love.

Violets had many uses in the ancient world. They were part of many beauty preparations. Metaphysically you can apply this energy spiritually for personal loveliness or glamour spells.

In Rome violets were common funeral flowers that represent remembrance. Visitors typically carried the flowers with them to safeguard them from air-borne sickness. This custom may tie to the story of Persephone who was picking violets when Pluto took her to the underworld.

Many a traveler used violets to keep their bellies full. The roots, for example, make an excellent soup. To this day violet flowers may be candied and used as edible decorations. In this setting they represent providence.

Violet Symbolic Meaning:
Faith, Mystical awareness, the Subconscious, Inspiration, spiritual passion, profuseness and sovereignty.

Crystal Connections for Violet:
Amethyst, Fluorite, Lepidolite, Charoite, Purpurite, Ametrine, Tanzanite

Violet Meaning Table of Contents

  • Color Meanings
  • Dreams
  • Victorian Language of Flowers
  • Aromatherapy and Alternative Medicine
  • Spiritual Meanings & Metaphysical Matches
  • Numerology
  • History
  • Back to Flower Meanings

Violet Color Meanings

Violet was used very early in human history often produced by grinding manganese and mixing it with other components. The Egyptians used mulberries, and the Romans –bilberry to create this purplish hue. No matter the process, violet was a relatively expensive color which is how it became associated with leaders, nobles, clergy and the wealthy. This connection waned a bit during the Renaissance when violet appeared on the professors and teachers of the time. Based on these applications violet’s color resonates with leadership, prosperity, power, spiritual awareness, confidence and mental acuity.

It’s interesting in that just as the Violet flower hides behind its leaves, the color Violet is the most difficult for the human eye to distinguish. Psychologically men prefer the darker violet tones, while women find lighter shades appealing. You can use this awareness in choosing the color of your flowers for various magical workings, using darker hues for “Yang” connections and lighter for “Yin”.

Violet Dreams

Dreaming of Violets is usually a happy portent. It reveals joy in the home and a sentimental heart. In some cases it may reveal a part of your personality that’s overly shy or fearful. This ties again into the Violet’s symbolism of modesty and restraint. If you see yourself picking a violet you may have fallen in love (literally or with a project). Giving a violet in your dream foretells good fortune with relationships. You can learn more about the language of dreams and flower symbolism in our Dream Dictionary.

Violet In The Victorian Language of Flowers

The Victorian Language of Flowers stays true to the historical symbolism of violet as meaning modesty. Blue violets mean devotion and white violets are both purity and an invitation to gamble on love.

Aromatherapy and Alternative Medicine

Historically healers used violets for people suffering from mouth and throat cancers. This particular application dates back to ancient Greece. They also used violets in bathes to sooth and nourish skin. As an essential oil it appears in remedies for headaches, insomnia and anxiety.

As a decoction violets may help fevers and headaches resulting from colds. It has the extra bonus in that violets taste rather sweet, so you don’t have to hold your nose while drinking! You can also make the decoction into syrup for coughs.

Violet ointment applied to swelling helps reduce inflammation. It also eases the soreness of cracked skin.

Perhaps one of the most popular applications for Violet is as a beauty aid for brightening skin and keeping it supple. Violet oil appears in a wide variety of perfumes, deodorants and hair washes.

Violet Spiritual Meanings & Metaphysical Correspondences

Metaphysically speaking violet appears in various magical workings aimed at manifesting prophetic dreams, facilitating inventiveness, inspiring prosperity, manifesting wishes and bringing peace. Carried it acts as a charm against evil. For newlyweds it is a good luck flower. Added to a green-colored sachet this keeps evils spirits away, particularly those who would do you physical harm.

Violets come under the dominion of Venus, which gives them associations with love potions and spells. Frequently practitioners mixed the petals with lavender for luck in love. Alternatively stuff this mix into a sachet for under your pillow to dream true.

In the Victorian Flower Oracle Deck violet represents retreat and shelter. Its appearance signals “down time” or hiding away to protect something you value tremendously. Alternatively it may signal a period of growth where you simply have to release and allow. Violet says: To Everything there is a season.

In the Victorian Flower Oracle Book the Violet Spirit represents humility, good fortune, restfulness, accord and insight. It is ruled by Venus and its Elemental association is water.

Violet Superstitions:

  • Carrying violets keep malevolent spirits at bay
  • Wearing violets on your head keeps you from getting inebriated
  • Infusion of violets heals a broken heart and allays anger
  • Violets and lavender together make potent love potions
  • Place violet under your pillow for a restful night sleep

Violet Numerology

The Master Number 11 is that of a teacher, so the question becomes what the Violet Spirit wishes to teach us. Some of the lessons from this plant beyond the power of humbleness include social and environmental responsibility, the importance of staying connected with Spirit, putting thought into action, sympathy, diplomacy and self-worth.

When Violet appears repeatedly in your life you may be challenged by some type of trial or test, and it may not be a “fair” one. Let Violet guide you in sorting truth from fiction so that no matter the situation you’re able to transform vibrationally toward self-actualization.

Violet History

Ancient Romans made violet wine and stew them on floors to make the air pleasant. In the days of the troubadour a golden violet was a gift to the person shown to have the
greatest muse. During the Victorian Era, the Queen loved to sip violet tea with honey or have the flowers prepared into syrup.

Historians tell us that Napoleon adored Violets and always wore a locket of them picked from Josephine’s grave. Prior to her death she wore violets on their anniversary, having an extensive personal garden filled with them. This is how the French came to choose violets as an emblem.

Victorians were nearly as addicted to violets as was Napoleon. In the late 1800s upwards of six tons of violet flowers were harvested in France annually just to keep up with demands. The English used them extensively for the royal family and court.

There are currently about 500 species of violets including the popular African variety. They’re amiable plants for growing, and look quite pretty even without petals.

Greco-Roman myth tells us of Cybele’s love for Attis. When he died hunting boar, violets grew from his blood in his memory. A more upbeat bit of lore says that violets grew wherever the bard Orpheus laid his lute.

A third story from Greece claims that Zeus had a hankering for a lovely woman named Io (whose name happens to mean Violet). Out of fear of Hera’s vengeful jealousy he turned Io into a cow and made her a field of never ending sweet violets to eat for all eternity.

Not to be outdone, Romans also had a story about Violets that begins with an argument between Venus and Cupid. Venus asked who was more beautiful, her or a group of girls. Cupid feeling uppity said the girls. Venus became enraged and beat the girls, their blue bruises becoming violets.

Finally in Iroquois folklore there’s a story of a great warrior who was known for his amazing feats of valor. One day in his travels he spied a beautiful woman who he wanted to make his own, but could not because of tribal rivalry. In an effort to turn fate’s tide he gave up fighting and spent all his time singing of the woman’s many attributes. The birds heard the song, as did Beaver, Bear and Fox. The birds started singing too and the woman finally came out from her tribe as a willing captive. The rival tribe was enraged and hunted the two down to their deaths. Where their bodies lay in the forest, violets blossomed and remain a symbol of constant love to this day.

When creating your next floral arrangement, try adding a few touches of red to make it really pop! Known for representing passion and love, the color red is also a symbol of radiant beauty. It’s easy to find flowers in this fiery hue; there are many that bloom all year long or throughout multiple seasons. Whether you’re looking for something big and bright, or you’re searching for smaller blooms to use as an accent, you’re guaranteed to find something you love in our list of 40 types of red flowers!

Red Flowers for Fall

We all love fall for its festive pumpkins and cozy fires. So why not decorate with red flowers to compliment the season’s warm colors? You can use bright red flowers for a spicy touch or use dark red flowers to add warmth to festive bouquets and centerpieces.

Aster- The red aster, a symbol of undying devotion, is a popular bloom in Greek mythology. These daisy-like flowers have a long vase life when cut; in fact, they typically last for up to two weeks.

Chrysanthemum- Hailed as the “Queen of the Fall Flowers”, the red chrysanthemum is a symbol of joy and beauty before winter arrives. As the chrysanthemum is the official birth flower of November, you can incorporate this bloom in a birthday bouquet for your favorite November baby.

Anemone- A popular source of inspiration for painters, anemones have been depicted in numerous famous paintings over the years. A symbol of love, they are one of the most popular flowers used in wedding arrangements.

Gerbera Daisy- With large heads resembling sunflowers, red gerbera daisies are the fifth most popular flower in the world. Their cheerful meaning and bold appearance make this flower a favorite for expressing romantic thoughts and feelings.

Cocksomb- This flower gets it’s name from its unusual appearance, which is similar to the head of a rooster. Also known as a wool flower, the red cocksomb has a moderate five to fourteen day lifespan in a vase.

Yarrow- One of the world’s oldest medicinal plants, red yarrow is seen as a source of both spiritual and physical protection. Combine these small red flowers with other similar-sized blooms in complementary shades for a delicate bouquet.

Red Flowers for Winter

A season of snowmen, snowflakes and other chilly wonders, winter may not make you think of fresh and delicate blooms. However, there are actually several crimson flowers that are in their prime during the chilly weather.

Roses- Often representing love and passion, the red rose is the ultimate symbol for romance. These fragrant flowers come in a variety of shades, with bright red symbolizing love and a deeper hues, like burgundy, signifying a love that has yet to be realized.

Carnation- Glorious and graceful, the expressive red carnation is the perfect flower for showing admiration. Its softer and more subtle shades of red are a slightly less demonstrative alternative to the red rose.

Amaryllis- The red amaryllis represents determination, pride and radiant beauty, just like the Greek maiden it was named after. Because of their height and sturdiness, these flowers are also associated with strength.

Poinsettia- Also known as the “Christmas Star” or the “Christmas Flower,” the poinsettia is a flower representing cheer and celebration. This red bloom is popular in the United States, Mexico and Turkey, due to it’s big, bold leaves and bright color.

Orchids- A symbol of strength and courage, red orchids come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This exotic flower adds a unique flair to any bouquet or centerpiece!

Red Flowers for Spring

As blue skies and warmer weather appear, colorful blooms are sure to follow. Brighten up your surroundings by including one or more of these bold, red flowers in a centerpiece or bouquet.

Petunia- A symbol of hope, the red petunia is the perfect flower to encourage love in a rough situation. These flowers do best in outdoor situations, as they will not last longer than a few days inside.

Poppy- Known for its edible and medicinal uses, the poppy has been a popular flower in many cultures throughout history. The red flower is a symbol of remembrance and a lively imagination.

Tulip- One of the first flowers to bloom in spring, tulips represent rebirth. Use red tulips for events celebrating everlasting love!

Hibiscus- Red hibiscus come in many different sizes and are a symbol of delicate beauty. Use this feminine flower at an outdoor event to attract a hummingbird or two!

Freesia- The official seventh anniversary wedding flower, a freesia represents innocence and friendship. Since the 1950’s, freesias have been popular in weddings. This is because they’re a symbol of trust between the couple.

Sweet Pea- A fragrant blossom that can be traced back to 17th century Italy, the sweet pea flower is considered the “Queen of Annuals.” The official flower of April is a symbol of blissful pleasure—perfect for a celebration!

Hellebores- Helleborus are a unique addition to any floral display. Be sure to use full blooms in your bouquet, as they will last longer than fresh buds!

Ranunculus- A red ranunculus symbolizes charm and attractiveness in many cultures. This bright beauty also goes by the names “Buttercup” and “Coyote’s Eyes.”

Salvia- A symbol of fidelity, red salvia is the perfect addition to any wedding! Use this flower in a bouquet or a boutonniere to declare that your loved one is forever yours.

Sunflower- Known as a happy flower, the red sunflower is a great twist on the traditional version. Incorporate this floral into a centerpiece at a friendly get-together like a brunch or dinner party!

Calla Lily- A symbol of admiration and courage, red calla lillies are a great way to demonstrate a passionate love. Incorporate these flowers in a bouquet for the ultimate declaration of desire.

Begonia- This beautiful flower is seen by many as a declaration of gratitude and individuality. Use this flower as a way to stand out from the crowd!

Hyacinth- The bell-shaped Hyacinth represents play and sport in the world of flowers. Add hyacinth to an outdoor event to encourage movement and activity among your guests!

Dianthus- These colorful blooms emit a spicy, recognizable scent wherever they are placed. Use this “flower of the gods” for a fun and unique focal point in any arrangement!

Red Flowers for Summer

Don’t let the longer days and the high temperatures fool you! There are plenty of beautiful red flowers in full bloom during the summer months.

Cardinal – Contrary to its name, this flower attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, not the bird of the same name. Include this flower in multiple arrangements around an outdoor venue to (hopefully!) attract a bunch of winged friends.

Pentas- Also known as the Egyptian Star Cluster, pentas grow in vibrantly colored clusters. Use these bold flowers in centerpieces with similar shades to make a real impact!

Dahlia- With some varieties growing up to 12 inches wide, this flower can make a statement on it’s own or . A symbol of commitment, a red dahlia should be used at events celebrating the following of a unique path.

Peony- In some cultures, peonies are valued for a variety of uses, as well as their special meanings. A symbol of honor, good fortune and a happy relationship, red peonies are a great choice for celebrating an engagement or marriage.

Azalea- A sign of elegance and wealth, the red azalea is one of the more popular flowers used in centerpieces at weddings. Since the bulbs are fragile and can easily fall off, you should use these flowers in decorations that will not be touched or moved.

Canna- These large tropical flowers are come in variety of shades like yellow and orange, but it’s the red ones that will have the biggest impact on your big day. The vibrant flowers are perfect for a beach-themed event.

Gaillardia- Also known as the “Blanket Flower,” gaillardias are a unique flower to use in centerpieces. Their warm color palette is perfect for encouraging positive and lively feelings in your guests.

Verbena- A representation of creativity and happiness, choose verbenas for celebrations where you want your personality to shine. This feminine, but detailed flower is perfect adding dimension when paired with larger flowers.

Lycoris- This decorative flower, more commonly known as the “Red Spider Lily” in Japan, is mostly used in afterlife celebrations. These typically bloom at the end of summer, signaling the start of the fall season.

Marigold- Be sure to use this flower at a party celebrating a new relationship, as these flowers promote cheer and good relations. Red marigolds are also great for graduations; they can be encouraging for someone who is working to reach their potential.

Alstroemeria- Named after the Swedish Baron who discovered it, the alstroemeria is a symbol of friendship and mutual support between two people. Some even believe in keeping the flowers close by to attract new friends!

Red Trumpet Creeper- These tubular red flowers are a hummingbird’s dream! Incorporate these gorgeous flowers into centerpieces and aisle decor for a big impact.

Anthurium- A tropical, heart-shaped flower, red anthuriums represent happiness and hospitality. Place these flowers near entrances as a nature-inspired way to welcome your guests!

Scarlet Bee Balm- The scarlet bee balm flower is a member of the mint family. It gives off an aromatic scent that is commonly used in fragrances! It symbolizes prosperity and offers protection from evil and illness.

Coneflower- A symbol of strength and healing, red coneflowers are a great gift to give— especially since they are versatile and long lasting. These flowers are also edible and can be found in salads, herbal teas and as garnishes.

Flowers are one of the best parts of any season. If you’re in the process of planning an important event, be sure to check when your favorites are in season. Whether you’re looking to convey a message of love or inspire passionate feelings, choose red flowers to give that extra boost that you were looking for.

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Our Rose Colors and Meanings guide contains helpful hints about the meaning associated with the colors of roses and other rose information. As one of the most enduring symbols for love and appreciation, it’s no surprise that roses are among the most admired and evocative of flowers. Our comprehensive guide to the colors and meanings of roses is your resource for rose interpretation.

Coveted through the ages for its simply beauty and intoxicating fragrance, there’s no better way to send a heartfelt message than with the classic rose. Each color rose has its own special significance, though, so it’s important to do your research.

Our own floral expert Kate Law explains them in this video:

Looking for more? Our Rose Colors & Meanings guide is here to help you select the color rose to perfectly complement your message, whether it’s love, friendship or remembrance.

Red Rose

Scottish poet Robert Burns didn’t compare his love to a red, red rose for nothing. Long associated with beauty and perfection, red roses are a time-honored way to say “I love you.” Whether it’s for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or just to express appreciation on any old day, there’s no better way than a bouquet of red roses to express your feelings.
Read More – Meaning of Red Roses

Pink Rose

Bright and beautiful to behold, but pink roses are also fabulously versatile when you have something important to say. A classic symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as a token of admiration and appreciation. Whether they’re for your best friend, fiancée or ever-dependable cubicle mate, a pink rose bouquet will create a bright spot in a special someone’s day.
Read More – Meaning of Pink Roses

White Rose

White roses are traditionally associated with marriages and new beginnings, but their quiet beauty has also made them a gesture of remembrance. When the occasion calls for reverence, whether stately or somber, a bouquet of white rose is a perfect way to say, “I’m thinking of you.”
Read More – Meaning of White Roses

Orange Rose

With their blazing energy, orange roses are the wild child of the rose family. Whatever feelings you might be bubbling over with—enthusiasm, passion, gratitude—orange roses will get the message across with both oomph and elegance.
Read More – Meaning of Orange Roses

Yellow Rose

When it comes to sending a joyful message, yellow roses are your best friend. In fact, yellow roses are a traditional symbol of friendship, so there you go. With their warm, sunny disposition, a bouquet of yellow roses tends to light up the room, making them a perfect way to say thanks, get well, congratulations or just, “Hey, thanks for being you.”
Read More – Meaning of Yellow Roses

Before you select a bouquet, check out the flower meanings from The Old Farmer’s Almanac! While most of us know that red roses symbolize love, did you realize that most plants, herbs, and flowers have centuries-old symbolic meanings? Some flowers mean friendship; others symbolize love; yet others represent loss. Here’s our full list of flower meanings.

Bouquets make great gifts, and it is important to know what your bouquet symbolizes. Many people also want to dress up their gardens with flower symbols that represent them. Roses tend to have special meanings, as do flowers used in weddings. Another important area of flower symbolism is the meaning of birth month flowers.

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History of Flower Meanings

The symbolic language of flowers has been recognized for centuries in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. They even play a large role in William Shakespeare’s works.

Mythologies, folklore, sonnets, and plays of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese are peppered with flower and plant symbolism—and for good reason. Nearly every sentiment imaginable can be expressed with flowers. The orange blossom, for instance, means chastity, purity, and loveliness, while the red chrysanthemum means “I love you.”

Learning the special symbolism of flowers became a popular pastime during the 1800s. Nearly all Victorian homes had, alongside the Bible, guidebooks for deciphering the “language,” although definitions shifted depending on the source. Religious, literary, folkloric, and botanical publications were all used to inform meanings.

Examples of plants and their associated human qualities during the Victorian era include bluebells and kindness, peonies and bashfulness, rosemary and remembrance, and tulips and passion.

Flowers provided an incredibly nuanced form of communication. Some plants, including roses, poppies, and lilies, could express a wide range of emotions based on their color.

Take, for instance, all of the different meanings attributed to variously colored carnations: Pink meant “I’ll never forget you”; red said “my heart aches for you”; purple conveyed capriciousness; white was for the “the sweet and lovely”; and yellow expressed romantic rejection.

Likewise, a white violet meant “innocence,” while a purple violet said that the bouquet giver’s “thoughts were occupied with love.” A red rose was used to openly express feelings of love, while a red tulip was a confession of love. The calla lily was interpreted to mean “magnificent beauty,” and a clover said “think of me.”

In a sort of silent dialogue, flowers could be used to answer “yes” or “no” questions, too. A “yes” answer came in the form of flowers handed over with the right hand; if the left hand was used, the answer was “no.”

Plants could also express aversive feelings, such as the “conceit” of pomegranate or the “bitterness” of aloe. Similarly, if given a rose declaring “devotion” or an apple blossom showing “preference,” one might return to the suitor a yellow carnation to express “disdain.”

How flowers were presented and in what condition were important. If the flowers were given upside down, then the idea being conveyed was the opposite of what was traditionally meant. How the ribbon was tied said something, too: Tied to the left, the flowers’ symbolism applied to the giver, whereas tied to the right, the sentiment was in reference to the recipient. And, of course, a wilted bouquet delivered an obvious message!

The meanings and traditions associated with flowers have certainly changed over time, and different cultures assign varying ideas to the same species, but the fascination with “perfumed words” persists just the same.

Rose Meanings

Red roses symbolize love and desire, but roses come in a variety of colors and each has their own meaning. For example, the white rose’s meaning is purity and innocence.

  • White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, a new beginning, a fresh start.
  • Red rose: love, I love you
  • Deep, dark crimson rose: mourning
  • Pink rose: grace, happiness, gentleness
  • Yellow rose: jealousy, infidelity
  • Orange rose: desire and enthusiasm
  • Lavender rose: love at first sight
  • Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy

Special Meaning of Wedding Flowers: Flowers of Love

Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings, too. As an example, look to the royal flower bouquet in the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Ducchess of Cambridge). Her flowers had very special meaning.

The groom, too, wears a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the Medieval tradition of wearing his Lady’s colors, as a declaration of his love.

One fun idea is to have a garden gathering and have each person bring a flower that has meaning to them. Or, paint tiles on a kitchen island with a flower that represents each of your loved ones.

There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.
–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

Meanings of Herbs, Flowers, and Other Plants

Please tell us which flowers have meaning to you! If we are missing one of your favorites, please tell us which one and its meaning.

Wishing to grow a flower that has meaning to you or a loved one? Click on linked plant names for detailed planting and growing guides.

Symbolic Meanings of Herbs, Flowers and Other Plants
Aloe Healing, protection, affection
Amaryllis Pride
Anemone Forsaken
Angelica Inspiration
Apple blossom Preference
Arborvitae Unchanging friendship
Aster Symbol of Love, Daintiness
Bachelor’s button Single blessedness
Basil Good wishes
Bay Glory
Begonia Beware
Bittersweet Truth
Black-eyed Susan Justice
Bluebell Humility, kindness
Camellia, pink Longing For You
Camellia, red You’re a Flame in My Heart
Camellia, white You’re Adroable
Candytuft Indifference
Carnation Women, Love
– Red carnation My Heart Aches, admiration
– White carnation Innocence, pure love, women’s good luck gift
– Pink carnation I’ll never forget you
– Purple carnation Capriciousness
– Yellow carnation Disdain, disappointment, rejection
Chamomile Patience
Chives Usefulness
Chrysanthemum Cheerfulness
Clematis Artifice (cunning), poverty
Clover, white Think of me
Columbine Anxiousness, foolishness
Coreopsis Always cheerful
Coriander Hidden worth
Crocus, spring Youthful gladness
Cumin Fidelity
Cyclamen Resignation and good-bye
Daffodil Regard
Dahlia Dignity, pomp
Daisy Innocence, hope
Dill Powerful against evil
Edelweiss Courage, devotion
Fennel Flattery
Fern Sincerity, humility; also, magic and bonds of love
Forget-me-not True love memories
Gardenia Secret love
Geranium, oak-leaved True friendship
Gladiolus Remembrance
Goldenrod Encouragement, good fortune
Heliotrope Eternal love
Hibiscus Delicate beauty
Holly Foresight, defense
Hollyhock Ambition
Honeysuckle Bonds of love
Horehound Health
Hyacinth Games and sport, playfulness, rashness
– Blue Hyacinth Constancy of love
– Purple Hyacinth Sorrow, forgiveness, regret
– Yellow Hyacinth Jealousy
– White Hyacinth Loveliness, prayers for someone
Hydrangea Gratitude for being understood; frigidity and heartlessness
Hyssop Sacrifice, cleanliness
Iris A message
Ivy Friendship, continuity
Jasmine, white Sweet love, amiability
Lady’s-mantle Comforting
Lavender Devotion, virtue
Lemon balm Sympathy
Lilac Joy of youth
Lily, calla Beauty
Lily, day Chinese emblem for mother
Lily-of-the-valley Sweetness, purity
Lotus Flower Purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth
Magnolia Love of nature
Marigold Despair, grief, jealousy
Marjoram Joy and happiness
Mint Virtue
Morning glory Affection
Myrtle Good luck and love in a marriage
Nasturtium Patriotism
Oak Strength
Oregano Substance
Pansy Thoughts
Parsley Festivity
Peony Bashful, happy life
Pine Humility
Poppy, red Consolation
Rhododendron Danger, flee
Rose, red Love, I love you.
Rose, dark crimson Mourning
Rose, pink Happiness
Rose, white Purity, heavenly, I’m worthy of you
Rose, yellow Jealousy, decrease of love, infidelity
Rosemary Remembrance
Rue Grace, clear vision
Sage Wisdom, immortality
Salvia, blue I think of you
Salvia, red Forever mine
Savory Spice, interest
Snapdragon Deception, graciousness
Sorrel Affection
Southernwood Constancy, jest
Sunflower Adoration, false riches
Sweet pea Pleasures
Sweet William Gallantry
Sweet woodruff Humility
Tansy Hostile thoughts
Tarragon Lasting interest
Thyme Courage, strength
Tulip, red Passion, declaration of love
Tulip, yellow Sunshine in your smile
Valerian Readiness
Violet Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness, modesty
Wallflower Faithfulness in adversity
Willow Sadness
Yarrow Everlasting love
Zinnia Thoughts of absent friends

Do you have a favorite flower meaning? Or do you know of any meanings we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

The Meaning of Purple Roses

Because they are less common in nature than other colored blossoms, purple flowers are, by their very nature, rare, special, and distinct. Ranging from dark purple roses to the soft lavender hue of purple hydrangea, purple flowers are indeed enchanting… but what exactly does the purple color mean?

Royalty and Purple Flowers

Most often, purple flowers are associated with royalty or dignified people and events. Centuries ago, the rarity of purple flowers in nature meant that purple dyes and pigments were exceptionally prized and expensive. Usually, it was only royalty who could afford purple flowers and the items made from their essence.

In some cultures, purple flowers were even reserved for monarchs only be an official decree.

So, a purple rose arrangement would make an excellent gift or floral decor element for an elected official, boss or company president, or anyone you wish to show respect and honor.

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It is for this reason that purple wedding flowers are a popular year-round choice, as it signifies that the happy couple should be treated like royalty on their special day.

Purple Flowers Represent success

In recent years, purple roses’ meaning has expanded somewhat to also include a recognition of success, achievement, or high honor.

A purple rose arrangement would be a unique way to congratulate a couple on their 25th wedding anniversary. Or, for someone who’s reached a milestone “happy birthday,” purple flowers can be a memorable present or party theme.

Purple Flowers Express Different Feelings

For those who simply love the color, the purple color symbolism is in the eye of the beholder.

For some, purple flowers represent peace and serenity. This comes from the color’s ties to the lavender plant – whose fragrance is known to be a soothing aroma and is sometimes even mixed into tea.

For others, purple roses may reflect a deep passion or mature romance. Lighter shades of purple flowers often signify springtime as this is when most purple flowers like violets, lilies, and purple hydrangea are naturally in bloom.

The Symbolism of Purple Flowers in Different Cultures

In Eastern cultures, particularly those associated with Buddhism, purple flowers and their meanings change somewhat. For many, purple flowers are associated with mystic discovery and inner journeys. The purple chakra – or crown chakra – is linked to wisdom and becoming one with the world, so the color purple and purple flowers by extension are considered to communicate transformation and creativity.

The Purple Flowers Meaning in Art

Purple flowers have long been the favorite subjects of artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

If there’s an artist in your life or someone who is inspired by artistic pursuits, then you might consider a purple rose arrangement as a way to encourage their pursuits. Or, for someone who’s been making a difficult transition to a new job, or moving to a new city, purple rose flower arrangements might be a good way to say, “congratulations on a new beginning.”

What is important to remember with purple roses and their meaning is that even though each person identifies with a different side of the color, almost all people feel this connection very deeply. It is this allure and magnetism of purple flowers that draw people in and make all kinds of purple flowers a welcome addition to any home, decor, and for almost any and every occasion.

What Flowers Symbolize in Chinese Art

WHAT FLOWERS SYMBOLIZE IN CHINESE ART

APPLE BLOSSOM

Encourages action, motion, courage and passion. Apple trees symbolize magic, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple has long been associated with the symbolism of immortality.

BAMBOO

Enhance the ‘growing chi’ of your health, wealth,and romance when you display bamboo! Bamboo represents growth of life, wealth, strengthens healthy chi and gives strength to any situation.

BONSAI TREES

A symbol for harmony, peace and balance between nature, man and soul.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Symbolizes new beginnings and rebirth. A symbol of Life. The Feng Shui element of Wood will bring wealth, luck, health and longevity. Represents thriving family relationships and positive development. Also the symbol of feminine beauty and represents the feminine principle and love.

CHRYSANTHEMUM

Symbolizes hope, joy, loyalty and long life. A white chrysanthemum symbolizes abundance, wealth, cheerfulness, loyalty, innocence, optimism, truth and that your love is pure you shall remain loyal. Red represents hope, rest, wonderful friendship and love. Yellow ones symbolize slighted love.

  • A very fascinating fact about chrysanthemum is linked to Japan. In 400 AD Buddhist monks were responsible for bringing chrysanthemum to Japan. Such was the admiration for the flower, that the emperors’ thrones were made using chrysanthemums. Japan still celebrates chrysanthemum as a symbol of royalty and honor during the Festival of Happiness. Exhibitions for celebrating this enchanting flower are held. Its beauty has managed to create an impact which will remain forever. In China, chrysanthemum flower is used for medicinal purposes. It is supposed to bring life and vitality.

EUCALYPTUS

Is symbolic of prudence.

HOLLY

The symbolic meaning is defense, domestic happiness and forecast. Medieval monks called the holly the Holy Tree and believed holly would keep away evil spirits and protect their homes from lightening.

LOTUS

If you are seeking a perfect partner, place a Lotus in your romance area to symbolize a perfect union. The meaning of a lotus flower ranges from divine purity and enlightenment, as in Buddhism, wealth, as in Hinduism, to rebirth, as in the ancient Egyptian religion. Many of the ancient meanings are still in use today.

  • Ancient Egypt – The Egyptians used the lotus to symbolize the sun and rebirth and it was also a symbol of Upper Egypt. There are three creation legends that share similarities, in which the lotus’s symbolism is expressed. In one creation legend, the sun rose out of a lotus that had grown from a watery chaos. The next legend, which originated from Heliopolis, states that from the infinite ocean Nun, a lotus rose along with dirt mound. The lotus bloomed revealing the sun-god Atum. The third legend, which comes from Hermopolis, differs from the second legend only by saying Ra came from the lotus. In writing, the lotus was used to represent numbers. One lotus meant 1,000, while a bush with two lotus flowers meant 2,000.
  • Buddhism – In Buddhism, lotus flowers mean purity of speech, mind and body rising above the waters of desire and attachment. The lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. Different colors of lotus are symbolically used to represent aspects of perfection. There are four colors, which are pink, blue, red and white. Red represents the heart–its purity, original nature, compassion, passion, love and other qualities. White symbolizes spiritual perfection and complete mental purity. Pink represents the Buddha and is the supreme lotus. Blue means wisdom, knowledge and victory over the senses.
  • Hinduism – Lotuses in Hinduism symbolize prosperity, beauty, fertility, eternity and eternal youth. Like Buddhism, it also means purity and divinity. A lotus is often used analogously for how people should live. One book that does this is the Bhagavad Gita at 5.10, where it states: “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.” Lotuses are also used to represent chakras, or the body’s energy centers.

ORANGE BLOSSOM

Symbolizes innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness. It is traditionally associated with good fortune.

ORCHID

Inspires purity and simplicity. Symbolizes love, beauty, refinement, many children, fertility, thoughtfulness and mature charm.

PEACH BLOSSOM

Symbolizes blooming love, an active social life and enhances your romance luck. Represents sharing of the immortal spirit.

PEONIES

The Flower of Love and Happiness! Ideal for your Love Sector, or in the living room to impart a warm and loving vibe for your family and friends.

PINE TREES

Symbolizes creativity, life, longevity and immortality. Frequently shown with the Imperial Crane.

PLUM BLOSSOMS

Symbolizes new beginnings, robust health, beauty, and longevity. Will bring confidence, happiness, determination, stability and luck to situations. Attracts positive energy and represents good things to come.

POPPIES

Represent the loyalty and faith between lovers.

WISTERIA

Called “Purple Vine” in China. In one cluster, the petals shade harmoniously from the strong, dark purple tip to the soft, light pink at the open base. Wisteria symbolizes playfulness and adventure.

It’s commonly known to stand for love, but it also means passion and desire. The amount of red roses used also can change its meaning, for example one red rose shows love while a dozen represents gratitude.

Tulip

This spring bloomer symbolizes opportunity, adjustment, advancement and aspiration. Various colors of tulips also change meaning, for example purple tulips represent royalty.

Daffodil

Daffodils have had a variety of meaning over the years. They can symbolize unequalled love, but it is also commonly used as a message of forgiveness and honesty.

Salvia

Red salvia blooms all summer long with its message of “forever mine.” Blue salvia’s message is “I think of you.” Other species of salvia have a wide range of uses and meanings.

Jasmine

Like its fragrance, whether a vine or shrub, it means sweet love. The flower also has a religious tie to some people, representing God’s love. In Eastern cultures, it can symbolize purity.

The color yellow signifies friendship, particularly the yellow rose. It also means platonic love or joy. Other plants associated with friendship include arborvitae, alstroemeria, hydrangea, freesia and chrysanthemum.

Iris

The showy bloom takes its name from the Greek word for “rainbow” and touts “your friendship means so much to me.” Other meanings the flower holds include faith, hope, wisdom, courage and admiration.

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