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Flower Meanings: “Cut Flowers”

Welcome to our Flower Meanings Archive! Through our “Flower Language” studies we have found that in Victorian times particularly, certain flowers had specific meanings and the practice of assigning meanings to flowers grew in popularity as lovers used floral exchanges to convey particular messages. A flower language common to most was more easily established as flower selection at the time was limited. But today, flower choices & varieties are vast & unique, so there are no rules- it’s the sentiment that gives the gift it’s meaning. Many people assign their own personal meanings- a flower or color that might remind them of a special event or moment in their lives. But for those interested in the historic meanings of flowers, keep in mind that flower meanings have changed & evolved over the years and many flowers have taken on several different connotations pending culture & time period, therefore we have chosen to include in our Archive a list compiled by the Society of American Florists from a variety of different sources. Enjoy!!

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Flower Meaning
Alstroemeria Aspiring
Amaryllis Dramatic
Anemone Fragile
Aster Contentment
Baby’s Breath Festivity
Bachelor Button Anticipation
Begonia Deep Thoughts
Black-Eyed Susan Encouragement


Pink Gratitude
Red Flashy
Striped Refusal
White Remembrance
Yellow Cheerful


Red Sharing
Bronze Excitement
White Truth
Yellow Secret Admirer


Daffodil Chivalry
Delphinium Boldness
Daisy Innocence
Freesia Spirited
Gardenia Joy
Ginger Proud
Gladiolus Strength of Character
Heather Solitude
Holly Domestic Happiness
Hyacinth Sincerity
Iris Inspiration
Ivy Fidelity
Larkspur Beautiful Spirit
Lavender Distrust
Lilac First Love


Calla Regal
Casablanca Celebration
Enchantment Enthusiasm
Stargazer Ambition
Lisianthus Calming
Magnolia Dignity
Marigold Desire for Riches
Orchid Delicate Beauty
Pansy Loving thoughts
Peony Healing
Poppy Consolation
Queen Anne’s Lace Delicate Femininity
Ranunculus Radiant
Snapdragon Presumptuous
Star of Bethlehem Hope
Stephanotis Good Luck
Statice Success
Sunflower Adoration
Sweet Pea Shyness
Tuberose Pleasure


Pink Caring
Purple Royalty
Red Declaration of Love
White Forgiveness
Yellow Hopelessly in Love
Violet Faithfulness


Wisteria Steadfast
Yarrow Good Health
Zinnia Thoughts of Friends