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How to read language of flowers. Know meaning of each flower to speak your mind.

Updated on January 26, 2012

Love me or love me not?

It is not just a rose

A large bouquet of various flowers means not much more than a colorful, fragrant gift to many people in our modern society. But each piece of a floral arrangement could be carrying information or love writings of a person who created the bouquet. Each plant or flower has a meaning. Each color or pattern has a meaning. Sharing words and emotions with the help of flowers have been popular for generations.

The concept that every flower has a meaning originated in the harems of Turkey and other Muslim countries. Victorian dictionaries of the 19th century explained many meanings of flowers and plants to English-speaking population.

According to these books, by exchanging flowers or plants, friends or lovers could "say" messages to each other without saying a word. Back in the times when show of public affection was often considered not appropriate, many couples enjoyed having a secret way to communicate with flowers.

Below, I've included a short selection of familiar flowers and plants and their meanings.

What each flower say

  • Acacia-friendship

  • Almond flowers-hope

  • Ambrosia-returned love

  • Bachelor’s Buttons-celibacy or virginity

  • Balsam (red in color)-do not touch me

  • Birch-meekness

  • Bluebell-constancy

  • Candytuft-indifference, it is all the same to me

  • Canterbury Bell-acknowledgment

  • Carnation with stripes-refusal

  • Cedar leaf-I live for you

  • Clover with four leafs-be mine (I hope I am lucky enough)

  • Currant-your sadness will kill me

  • Daisy-I share your sentiments

  • Dock-patience

  • Ficoides-your looks could freeze me

  • French Marigold-jealousy

  • Geranium, Lemon-unexpected meeting

  • Geranium, Nutmeg-expected meeting

  • Hawthorn-hope

  • Honeysuckle-devoted affection

  • Hortensia-you are cold, unaffectionate

  • Iris-message

  • Ivy-faithfulness

  • Jasmine, Cape-I am so happy

  • Jasmine, Carolina-separation

  • Jonquil-please, I beg you, return my affection

  • Lavender-distrust

  • Lettuce-cold-heartedness

  • Lily of the Valley-return of happiness

  • Marigold-grief

  • Michaelmas Daisy-farewell

  • Mountain Ash-prudence

  • Nightshade-truth

  • Oleander-beware

  • Ox Eye-patience

  • Pansy-thoughts

  • Peach Blossom-I am your captive

  • Red tulip-declaration of love

  • Rose-love

  • Rosemary-remembrance

  • Rue-disdain

  • Snakesfoot-horror

  • Spearmint-warmth of sentiment

  • Syringa-memory

  • Yellow tulip-hopeless love

  • Veronica-fidelity

  • Water lily-purity of heart

  • Wormwood-absence

  • Zephyr flower-expectation


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    • Queen Bumble Bee profile image

      Queen Bumble Bee 5 years ago from My Queendom

      Thank you for your vote up! I really like to be able to say things without actually saying them.

    • LoriSoard profile image

      LoriSoard 5 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      Good info. I have the perfect person in mind for some Rue. Just kidding. I loved this piece. Voting up and interesting.

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful to know.

      Thanks. Very unique Hub.