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Instead of Roses Buy Flowers With a Unique Meaning

Updated on February 25, 2016

Every Flower's Meaning is as Unique as Your Love For Her

Everyone knows red roses (which mean passionate love) to be the generic flower for Valentine's Day. This is all well and good but what if there is a completely unique feeling about your love for her? Shouldn't the flowers you choose on the day solely devoted to love reflect just what makes her so special. If so, then consider choosing a flower with a meaning so uniquely defining her. This squidoo is completely devoted to helping you make the perfect choice for your perfect woman. After all, flowers may be nice but knowing the person chose them solely for you *cough and not last minute cough* makes the gift one to remember.

A Little History Behind the Meaning of Flowers

In Victorian times, people did not have flowers flown into a florist from all over the world. The selection was very limited and so the gift of flowers meant more than a simple bouquet. Flowers were chosen based on their symbol or meaning. When you gave flowers, it went beyond any poems or songs. To put it simply, it spoke for itself about the true feelings of the giver.

With all our modern technology, there is no end to the flower choices. Still, just because more options are available does not mean the unspoken words behind the flowers have changed. The symbolism is still there so give it some thought before picking up whatever was leftover at the florist on Valentine's Day.

The Secret Language of Flowers and Rediscovering Tradional Meanings - Learn about the true language behind the gift of a flower

The Secret Language of Flowers: Rediscovering Traditional Meanings
The Secret Language of Flowers: Rediscovering Traditional Meanings

If you are interested in learning more about the fascinating world of flower meanings then look into a book like this one for more information. You just might be amazed at how incredibly important the meanings behind a simple bouquet actually are.


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Do you buy a flower with its meaning in mind?

Orange Lily Symbolizing Passion

Red roses symbolize a passionate love but what if you love her passion for life and she shares your passions? Then the orange lily is the right flower to choose. Bursting with color and simply radiant to behold, you can see why it means 'passion.'

The orange lily is unique because its bulbs are actually edible. If you are out of potatoes, then an orange lily bulb is an acceptable substitute. The oil from lilies can be used as a massage oil and has both healing and softening properties.

Beautiful Mini Calla Flowers

GlobalRose 60 Mango Orange Mini Calla Lilies - Fresh Flowers For Birthdays, Weddings or Anniversary.
GlobalRose 60 Mango Orange Mini Calla Lilies - Fresh Flowers For Birthdays, Weddings or Anniversary.

For the women who melts at the sight of flowers make sure to purchase gorgeous mini orange calla lilies.


White Purple Lilac for a First Love

A white purple lilac flower means 'first love.' Is she your first love? Are you hers? If so, then consider giving lilacs this Valentine's Day. You only get one first love so celebrate it with lilac this Valentine's Day.

Other than roses, the lilacs are the most fragrant of all flowers. They bloom for only a few short weeks each spring and their fragrance fills the air with its sweet scent. Over 1,000 varieties exist in the world but the most well-known are those in shades of white and purple.

Lilacs on Amazon - Old Fashioned Lilacs & Japanese Designed Silk Fans

Lilacs are one of the most well-known and fragrant of flowers to choose from. Purchasing a bouquet of lilacs is sure to fill the room with a sweet scent and the lilac motif is beautifully captured in the silky fan.

Tulips. A Declaration of Love

Nervous and hopeful to share your feelings with the person you cannot get out of your head? If so, the tulip is the right flower to give. Tulips symbolize a declaration of love, along with the perfect love.

Tulips were so popular in the 17th century, especially in Holland, that some people even sold off their fortunes just to attain them. Holland is responsible for the majority of the billions of tulips grown each year and sent throughout the world. Even the tulip bulb is useful, it can serve as a substitute for onions in a recipe.

Gifts of the Tulip

Tulips seem almost magical when you see them growing. Give a simple bulb some earth & sunlight and then watch a beautiful flower appear.


"The term coined for the tulip craze of the 17th century"

Hydrangea to Express Heartfelt Emotions

Valentine's Day is a day for sharing heartfelt emotions and what better way to do so then by giving the hydrangea. Not only does the hydrangea symbolize heartfelt emotions but it can also be used to express the gratitude of being understood. Having someone who loves you and understands who you are is something worth capturing by the gift of this flower.

Over 100 species of hydrangea exist and are native to parts of Asia which range from Japan to China to Indonesia. Folklore in these countries often mentions the hydrangea and it is considered one of the most beautiful of flowers.

Hydrangea Gifts

Hydrangeas make for beautiful gifts. They come in a wide range of colors which also makes them gorgeous flowers for photography.

Hibiscus for a 'Delicate Beauty'

Some women simply have a delicate beauty. When you look at them, they appear almost fragile in their beautiful looks or actions. Those who have seen delicate beauty, know what I am saying. If you see a 'delicate beauty' within her, then consider purchasing the Hibiscus flower.

The flower itself is generally on the larger side and comes from the tropic, warm-temperate, or sub-tropical regions of the world. You can find it in shades ranging for white to pink, red, pink, purple, or even yellow.

Give the Gift of a Hibiscus

Hibiscus are flowers you want to be able to share in your home and garden. Afraid of trying to grow your own? Hibiscus starter kits were created for the simple purpose of helping hopeful gardeners begin growing their own beautiful collection.

CHERI Tropical Hibiscus Live Plant Single Orange Rose Red Flower Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emeralds TM
CHERI Tropical Hibiscus Live Plant Single Orange Rose Red Flower Starter Size 4 Inch Pot Emeralds TM

Afraid of trying to grow your own? Hibiscus starter kits were created for the simple purpose of helping hopeful gardeners begin growing their own beautiful collection.


Sunflowers for Dedicated Love

Disregard the cold of February for the sunflower is the very symbol of dedicated love and adoration. Sunflowers also symbolize pure thoughts and for this Valentine's Day, purely thoughts of the one you love.

The word sunflower comes from the Greek words helios (sun) and anthos (flower). Sunflowers are believed to have been domesticated around 1000 B.C. They have been immortalized in the Sunflower works of Van Gogh and remain a captivating flower of simplistic beauty.

Sunflowers for Sale

Shock her with sunflowers and bring sunny to smile to her face (because you are ever so thoughtful). Continue the sunflower love by getting her a more permanent gift in the Sunflower collection from Elizabeth Arden.

The Orchid Symbolizes Exotic Beauty

If an exotic beauty is the only way to describe her, then the orchid is the right flower for Valentine's Day. Orchids go beyond exotic beauty, they also symbolize thoughtfulness, a mature charm, and having a wonderful sense of refinement. With their colorful petals and unique stance, they are rightfully one of the most beautiful flowers in the world.

There are over 30,000 different species of orchids making them one of the LARGEST plant families in the entire world. Most prefer the tropics but can be found in many different countries across the globe. Just like they reside in many different places, they can come in all types of sizes. One species has been discovered to have petals measuring 30 inches!

Orchid Gifts to Give

The orchids below are the perfect ready-made gift because they come complete with the vase. All you need is love and a reminder as to what the orchid means before you amaze her this holiday. For the true orchid lover go the extra step and get her the secrets to growing her own orchids.

Peony for a Happy Life & Marriage

If you have the blessing of a happy marriage then consider giving the peony. A peony symbolizes a happy life and happy marriage. Along with those, it symbolizes good health, compassion, and prosperity. There is so much a peony says and it does it with amazing beauty.

Peonies range from white to yellow to various shades of red. The flower is native to western North America, Asia, and Southern Europe.Besides being beautiful, a peony is a survivor. The flower can survive harsh winters and returns annually each spring.

Gifts for the Peony Lover

Fresh peonies make a beautiful statement of your love for her. Along with the peonies consider a book on her favorite flower and possibly poetry. Every time she looks at it you will instantly be on her mind.

Blue Iris for Faith and Hope

If you have recently gone through some hardships in your relationship or one of you is in the midst of a crisis then consider the blue iris. The blue iris conveys both faith and hope. Both of which are welcome when dealing with any type of problem in life.

The iris itself means rainbow and was named as the sacred flower for the Greek goddess who acted as a messenger for love, Iris. Her flower stood for communication and messages. Just the meaning itself is meant to convey eloquence, a much-desired characteristic in speech.

Iris Flowers as Gifts

Iris Bouquet-Farm Fresh
Iris Bouquet-Farm Fresh

Iris bouquets can be the perfect gift to give when life seems to be falling apart. Purchase farm fresh ones through here and never be without a gift for her.


White Chrysanthemum Means Truth & Loyal Love

The red rose is for passionate love but what of a loyal and truthful love? The white chrysanthemum symbolizes loyal love along with truth and tells of how much their feelings mean. If a white chrysanthemum is a little to intense for you then choose the red one. Red chrysanthemums signify love.

The Greek words Chrys, meaning golden, and anthemon, meaning flower, blend together to form chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemums range in color from white to red to purple to yellow and pink. Along with the variety of colors, they can be found in all different shapes and sizes.

Chrysanthemum Gifts for Your Loyal Love

Chrysanthemum's come in styles as unique as your love. I've chosen the ones below as my favorite in style and of course, I also adore the Japanese fan painted with these delicate flowers.

Flower Meaning

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    • ashishkumar2 profile image


      4 years ago

      Interesting stuff

    • ashishkumar2 profile image


      4 years ago

      Interesting stuff

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      5 years ago

      Great pictures, this lens is really colorful and informative!

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      This lens, like the flowers you have presented here is a thing of beauty. I did know about the meanings for most of these flowers, but learned a couple of new ones. BTW, I suppose you know that Hydrangea show the pH of the soil they are grown in like litmus paper. I am certain I read that somewhere. You can change the color of new flowers by changing the pH of the soil around the roots.


    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      5 years ago

      I just buy flowers that I think are pretty or will go with the centerpiece. That sort of thing. Your page is beautifully done and now I have some new plants I want in my backyard. I'll even know the meaning behind them now :) Blessed and Happy Valentine's Day to you!!!

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      5 years ago

      Very lovely lens, I love flowers.

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Lovely flowers indeed! Great alternatives to roses too ^_^

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      5 years ago

      And blessing your cute idea shared here! : )

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      5 years ago

      Love all kind of flowers as long as they are natural!

      Excellent work done! : )

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      HannahnMe LM 

      5 years ago

      All your chosen flowers are beautiful but, Tulips have always been my favorite. I'll take a dozen Tulips please!

      Had to give this lens a Pin and a Squid Like

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      5 years ago

      I love all these beautiful flowers you have showcased, thanks for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      Absolultely stunning! I am bookmarking this lens. Have a great day!

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      5 years ago

      Buying Flowers With a Unique Meaning is a great idea.

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Nice lens! I know there were meanings for the colors of roses but you have so many more flowers here with meanings. Will have to look back on this often! =) Thanks for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      Very nice lens. My all time favorites flowers are stargazer lilies. They're gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this. Blessed

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      5 years ago

      This is an excellent lens. It has all the right components. I really enjoyed it.

    • Kalafina profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Judith Nazarewicz: I love the smell of lilacs too! They always remind me that summer time is coming.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Seeing the lilacs always reminds me of my first love and the picture is so vivid that I could almost smell them. What a wonderful lens!

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      5 years ago

      I like bring my wife flowers and roses (variety of colours) and Blue Iris are among our favourites.

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      5 years ago

      Really nice lens. It's hard to pick just one or two to like.

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      5 years ago

      I agree that all flowers are beautiful and unique, you can present the one that resembles your sweet-heart the most.

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      5 years ago

      Interesting stuff - never knew flowers had different meanings!

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Tulips are my very favorite flowers ever! So very, very pretty! Lovely lens! Blessed.

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      Jennifer Lawyer 

      5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! The pictures are bright and beautiful, and the content is well-written and thoughtful. I also love some of the Amazon choices! :)

    • dwnovacek profile image


      5 years ago

      I love all these flowers, but I'm an especially big fan of tulips!

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      5 years ago

      I love white chrysanthemums, they mean loyal love.

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      5 years ago

      I love all flowers!!!

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      5 years ago

      I love all flowers!!!


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