Flowers are colorful, natural and beautiful. They have traditionally been given as gifts for centuries. Different flowers have different meanings, though, and they developed these meanings because of their histories and associations with certain practices. Flowers today make a lovely gift to acknowledge love, friendship, congratulations and sympathy.
Pink Tulip – Anyone who wishes to spread cheerful messages to their friends and loved ones should send a bouquet of pink tulips, for they are a symbolic representation of the ultimate happiness a person could achieve.
White Tulip – A white tulip symbolizes forgiveness, purity and serenity. Tulips are grown from bulbs and bloom in the spring. They are identified by a cup-shape of pointed petals atop a tall, green stem. White tulips denote a new beginning and a sense of worthiness. Giving someone white tulips tells them that you wish for them to forgive you and that you want a fresh start. It denotes that you want your relationship and events to be pure and seen as worthy, with any mistakes in the past forgiven and forgotten.
Hyacinths – Hyacinths are grown from bulbs and bloom in the spring. They are identified by fragrant clusters of bell-shaped flowers. Depending on the color, the hyacinth flower denotes different meanings. A purple hyacinth is an emblem of forgiveness and means “I am sorry,” “Please forgive me” and “Sorrow.” To tell someone that you are sorrowful over an event and wish for them to forgive you, give them a bouquet of purple hyacinth flowers to represent these emotions.
Red Rose – Red is universally considered the most passionate color, so it’s no wonder that a red rose symbolizes intense emotions of the heart. The Greeks and Romans associated red with their love goddesses, and that tradition remains evident with red roses playing a role in courtship and romance today. The number of flowers you give in a bouquet is also heavy with symbolism. A solitary rose is the calling card of a long-standing admirer, whereas a husband in the doghouse may send an abundant arrangement of two dozen flowers to get back into his wife’s good graces.
Dahlias – Symbolizing hope for an everlasting union between two people, dahlia flowers are presented to couples at engagement parties and weddings. These flowers, which bloom in white and a variety of showy hues, including pink, crimson, orange and yellow, are given as an anniversary gift in celebration of 14 years of marriage, although the origin of this tradition is unknown.
Heather – It can represent admiration, beauty and good luck, and it can also be associated with solitude and protection. More specifically, the color of the heather flower influences its meaning. Traditional purple heather is used to represent admiration, beauty and solitude, while pink heather is associated with good luck. If white heather is chosen, it means protection from danger.
Forget-Me-Not – Long a flower of historical legend, forget-me-nots are as persistent and hardy as the stories they inspire. They have long been considered a representation of true love and memories.
White Daisy – Daisies hold different meanings and can represent both truth and lies simultaneously. The daisy flower is associated with purity, patience, innocence, loyal love, beauty, and simplicity.
Purple Iris – The iris symbolizes hope, and is the emblem of both France and Florence, Italy. It has also spawned the fleur-de-lis, based on the blade-shaped foliage and graceful curls of the flower. The name of the flower, Iris, derives from the Greek word for rainbow, given because of the different color varieties available. The flower grew in Mary Gardens, where it is said that the leaf shapes were an example of the sorrows that “pierced her heart.”
Purple Orchid – The purple orchid, tropical and delicate, has lush, velvety petals and strikingly rich color that makes it especially captivating. Orchids represent beauty and love. Purple orchids, especially, symbolize love. The orchid’s star-shaped allure is deepened by its color, traditionally associated with royalty and refinement in many cultures.
Violet – The violet flower is a pledge of faithfulness. In his sonnets, Shakespeare used the violet as a symbol of humility and constancy in love. A dream of violet flowers was said to foretell an advancement in life.
Gardenia – The added beauty of these flowers is that they convey intense emotional meanings, which if given as a gift, helps express a person’s feelings to someone. The gardenia, therefore, signifies joy, purity, secret love and is associated with thoughts of beauty.