Published: Saturday, Mar. 20th, 2021
From hopeful daisies to gardenia’s confession of secret love, your wedding bouquet might be saying more than you know!
Flowers have held symbolic meanings for centuries. In the Victorian era, flowers were used as language, to answer questions and pass messages that couldn’t be uttered allowed -- a type of secret code shared between lovers, friends, and even enemies.
And although modern couples might not know that the delicate blossoms of butterfly weed mean “Let me go!” or that tansies are a declaration of war, nearly everyone agrees that a red rose is a striking message of love.
The loud-and-clear message of a red rose shows us that the symbolism of flowers is still flourishing, and that many of us are more fluent in “flower” than we know.
See our list below to learn the symbolism of these popular flower choices!
Daisies have shown up in various mythologies -- Roman, Celtic, and Norse, among others--
over time, often symbolizing innocence, childhood, new beginnings, and hope.
Amaryllis: determination, pride
Apple blossom: fertility, preference
Aster: love, faith
Begonia: caution, misgivings
Camellia: missing someone (pink), adoration (white)
Carnation: a mother’s love (white), deep love (red), rejection (yellow)
Asters bloom in late summer or early fall,
iris in spring or summer (depending on the variety),
and daffodils in late winter or early spring.
Daffodil: rebirth, deep love
Daisy: innocence, hope
Freesia: friendship, trust
Hyacinth: play, letting go of the past, constancy (blue)
Hydrangea: gratitude for being understood
Marigold: personal strength, grief
Myrtle is native to the Mediterranean region and Middle East,
marigolds to subtropical America and Mexico, and most rose species are native to Asia,
with others originally found in North America and Africa.
Myrtle: good luck and love in marriage
Peony: a happy life
Rose: love (red), happiness (pink), worthiness (white), friendship or jealousy (yellow)
Tulip: perfect love and passion (red), joy (yellow)
Zinnia: blessings on old friends
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