Flowers have long been used to communicate much more than their inherent beauty. Given as gestures of love, camaraderie, thanks, or sympathy, a bouquet can speak a thousand words. Certain flowers have specific meanings. If you're curious about the symbolism behind your favorite blooms, we've explained 14 flower meanings here. Whether you're sending flowers to a loved one, using a flower arrangement as décor for an event, or simply bringing life and beauty into your home, knowing the real meanings behind your favorite flowers can be an eye-opening experience, bringing more understanding to your appreciation of each bloom.
Head below to discover the meanings behind your favorite flowers.
These tropical plants are a symbol of hospitality and add a bold statement wherever they are. Add some exotic flair to your space by using them on a display shelf or as a centerpiece.
Possibly the most statement-making of all exotic flowers, it's hardly a surprise that the bird of paradise is used to represent joyfulness.
Native to southern Africa, the calla lily used to symbolize magnificence and beauty, epitomized by the gracefulness of its blooms.
Also called mums, these pretty perennials symbolize fidelity. Their diverse range of colors makes them ideal for creating festive arrangements.
This joyous spring favorite—and the signal of the new season—represents chivalry.
Often considered the archetypal flower and the first flower shape most children learn to draw, it makes sense that the playful daisy has come to symbolize innocence and purity.
The lovely gardenia also represents purity but sweetness as well—despite coming from the coffee family.
These exploding blooms in surreal shades of pink and blue have the power to evoke and symbolize heartfelt emotions.
In addition to providing lovely scents, lavender is said to bring luck.
It should surprise no one that these popular house plants represent beauty, but the white or watercolor blooms also symbolize fertility and sensuality.
Though it's a favorite flower for gardens and centerpieces, the peony symbolized bashfulness, likely due to the enclosed shape of its petals before it fully blooms.
Everyone knows the rose as a symbol of love—especially in classic red. Roses in other colors can mean a variety of things, but the flower never fails to be a timeless romantic gesture.
This happy flower has the power to brighten up any day—facing the sun with its cheery face and symbolizing pure thoughts.
Though not as popular as the rose to act as a gesture of romantic love, the covetable tulip symbolizes the declaration of love.
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