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A Brief History of The Language of Flowers and Meanings

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   The language of flowers has it's roots throughout history. Using flowers to send a message probably dates to prehistoric times as symbolic use of flowers is mentioned in Egyptian inscriptions, in Chinese writings and in both Greek and Roman mythology. In the 1600ís there was an actual "language" of flowers used in Turkey allowing specific messages sent of great importance through a seemingly harmless bouquet. Flowers could declare intentions, indicate acceptance, announce dismissal or even arrange a rendezvous. Flowers gained meanings which enabled lovers to convey messages to each other without having to write or talk. The passing of messages via the floral code was then adopted by the French, and returned to England during the reign of Queen Victoria. The language of flowers was introduced to Europe by a Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a popular letter-writer and society poet who accompanied her husband to the Turkish Court in Istanbul, in 1716. During her stay, she sent a Turkish love letter to England which interpreted the meanings of some plants, flowers, and spices. Flowers, she proposed, could convey words and messages of love - even altercations - could be passed in a refined and subtle manner.  Madame Charlotte de la Tour wrote the first flower dictionary in 1818 in Paris. Entitled "Le Language des Fleurs", and was very popular.. A Victorian lady, Miss Corruthers of Inverness, wrote a book on the subject in 1879. Her book became the standard for flower symbolism both in England and the United States. We still use flowers today to tell our sweethearts we love them, express our get-well wishes, share in the grief of others, celebrate our birthdays, anniversaries, congratulate others and honor our mothers. We choose flowers based on their beauty or their scent, but perhaps with a little help we can revive the romance of the secret language of flowers and make our selections that much more special!

 
 
 

The  meanings  of  flowers

    A
   
    Absinth/Wormwood: Separation and Torment of Love
    Acacia: Platonic Love, concealed love
    Aconite/Monkshood: Misanthropy and Poisonous Words
    Adams's Needle: A Friend in Need
    Adonis: Recollection of Life's Pleasure
    Almond: Virginity and Fruitfulness
    Almond Blossom: Hope and Watchfulness
    Aloe: Wisdom and Integrity
    Allspice: Compassion
    Alyssum (sweet): Worth beyond beauty
    Amaranth: Fidelity
    Amaranth, Globe: Unchangeable
    Amaryllis: Pastoral Poetry, Pride
    Ambrosia: Your Love is reciprocated
    Anemone: Refusal and Abandonment, Forsaken
    Apple: Symbol of Perpetual Concord
    Apricot Blossom: Timid Love
    Abor Vitae: True Friendship
    Arbutus: Thee only do I Love
    Artemesia: Symbol of Dignity
    Asphodel: Languor and Regret
    Aster: Daintiness, Symbol of Love
    Azalea: Fragile and Ephemeral Passion
    B
   
    Baby's Breath: Happiness, a pure heart, sincerity
    Bay Wreath: Reward of Merit
    Begonia: "Beware! I am fanciful!"
    Bindweed: Coquette and Busybody
    Bittersweet: Truth
    Blackthorn/Sloe: Difficulty and Austerity
    Blue Bell: Delicacy and Humility
    Bouquet of Withered Flowers: Rejected love
    Burdock: Importunity and Boredom
    Buttercup: Childishness
    C
   
    Cactus: Bravery and Endurance
    Calendula Jealousy
       
    Camellia: Excellence and Steadfastness
    Camellia, red: You're a flame in my heart
    Camellia, white: You're adorable
    Camomile: Initiative and Ingenuity
    Candytuft: Indifference
    Canterbury Bell: Constancy and Warning
    Cardinal Flower: Distinction and Splendor
    Carnation: Fascination
    Carnation, Pink: Emblem of Mother's Day, I will never forget you
    Carnation, Purple: Antipathy and Capriciousness
    Carnation, Red: Admiration, my heart aches for you
    Carnation, Striped: No, Sorry, I cannot be with you
    Carnation, White: Pure Love, Sweet Love, Innocence
    Carnation, Yellow: Disdain and Rejection
    Cedar Leaf: "I live for thee"
    Chestnut: Independence and Injustice
    China Aster: Jealousy and After-thought
    Chrysanthemum: You are a wonderful friend
    Chrysanthemum, Red: I love you
    Chrysanthemum, White: Truth
    Chrysanthemum, Yellow: Slighted Love
    Cinnamon: Love and Beauty
    Clematis: Artifice and Ingenuity
    Clove: Dignity and Restraint
    Clover: Fertility and Domestic Virtue
    Clover, Four leafed: Symbol Of Good Luck
    Clover, Five leafed: Symbol Of Bad Luck
    Cockscomb/Celosia: Silliness or Foppery
    Coltsfoot: Maternal Love and Care
    Columbine: Cuckoldry and Deserted Love
    Convolvulus: Humble Perseverance
    Coreopsis: Always cheerful
    Cornflower: Delicacy
    Crane's-bill/Wild Geranium: Constancy and Availability
    Crocus: Youthful Gladness, Attachment, Cheerfulness
    Crown Imperial: Majesty and Power
    Cyclamen: Resignation & Goodbye
    D
   
    Daffodil: Emblem of Annunciation/Regard, Unrequited love
    Dahlia: Good Taste
    Daisy: Gentleness, Innocence, Loyal love
    Dandelion: Oracle of Time and Love, Faithfulness, Happiness
    Day Lily/Hemerocallis: Emblem Of The Mother
    Delphinium: Airy
    Dogwood: Durability
    E
   
    Edelweiss: Daring & Noble Courage
    Eglantine: Spring & Poetry
    Elderberry Blossom: Humility and Kindness
    Everlasting: Constancy
    F
   
    Fennel: Strength
    Fern: Sincerity, Magic, Fascination, Confidence, Shelter
    Fir: Time & Evaluation
    Forget-me-not: Faithful Love, Memories
    Forsynthia: Anticipation
    Fuchsia: Amiability
    G
   
    Gardenia: "I love you in secret"
    Geranium, Oak-leaf: Friendship
    Geranium, Rose: Preference
    Gillyflower, Pink: Bonds Of Affection
    Gladiolus: Strength Of Character, I am really sincere
    Gloxinia: Love at first sight
    Goldenrod: Treasure And Good Fortune
    H
   
    Heather, Purple: Admiration, Beauty and Solitude
    Heather, Pink: "Good Luck"
    Heather, White: Protection From Danger
    Heliotrope: Devotion, Eternal Love
    Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty
    Holly: Foresight
    Hollyhock: Ambition and Liberality
    Honeysuckle: Sweetness Of Disposition
    Hyacinth: Games & Sports
    Hyacinth, purple: I am sorry, Please forgive me, Sorrow
    Hyacinth, white: Loveliness, I will pray for you
    Hyacinth, yellow: Jealousy
    Hydrangea : Vanity, Thank you for understanding, Frigidity
     I
   
    Iris: Faith, Wisdom, Valor, Your Friendship means so much to me
    Ivy: Friendship, Wedded love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
    J
   
    Jasmine, Red: Folly and Glee
    Jasmine, White: Amiability and Cheerfulness
    Jasmine, Yellow: Timidity and Modesty
    Jonquil: Violent Sympathy and Desire, Love me, Affection returned
    L
   
    Lady's Slipper: Capricious Beauty
    Larkspur: Open Heart
    Laurel: Success and Renown
    Lavender: Constancy
    Lilac, Mauve: "Do You Still Love Me"
    Lilac, Pink: Youth and Acceptance
    Lilac, White: "My First Dream Of Love"
    Lily, Calla: Majestic Beauty
    Lily, Day: Coquetry
    Lily, Orange: Hatred and Disdain, Wealth, Pride
    Lily, White: Majesty and Purity, Virginity
    Lily-Of-The-Valley: Purity and Humility, Sweetness
    Lotus: Mystery and Truth
    Love-In-The-Mist/Nigell: Delicacy and Perplexity
    M
   
    Magnolia: Dignity, Splendid Beauty
    Marigold: Sacred Affection, Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
    Marjoram: Comfort and Consolation
    Marvel-Of-Peru: Flame of Love
    Mistletoe: Affection and Love
    Mimosa: Sensitivity
    Myrtle: Love, Mirth and Joy
    N
   
    Narcissus: Egotism, Formality
    Nasturtium: Patriotism
    O
   
    Oleander: Beauty and Grace
    Orange Blossom: Your Purity Equals Your Loveliness, Innocence, Eternal Love
    Orange Mock: Deceit
    Orchid: Magnificence, Love, Beauty, Refinement
    P
   
    Pansy: Thoughtful Recollection
    Passionflower: Faith and Piety
    Peach Blossom: Generosity and Bridal Hope
    Pear Blossom: Health and Hope
    Peony: Healing, Life, Happy Marriage, Gay life
    Peppermint: Warmth of Feelings
    Periwinkle, Blue: Early Friendship
    Periwinkle, White: Pleasures of Memory
    Petunia: Anger and Resentment
    Phlox: Sweet Dreams
    Plum Blossom: Beauty and Longevity
    Poinsettia: "Be of Good Cheer"
    Poppy: Imagination, Dreaminess, Eternal sleep
    Poppy, yellow: Wealth, Success
    Primrose: Young Love, I cannot live without you
    Primrose, evening: Inconstancy
    Q
   
    Queen Anne's Lace: Fantasy
    R
   
    Rose, Bridal: Happy Love
    Rose, Carolina: Love Is Dangerous
    Rose, Christmas: Peace and Tranquility
    Rose, Coral/Orange: Enthusiasm, Desire
    Rose, Dark Pink: Thank you
    Rose, Light Pink: Admiration
    Rose, Musk: Capricious Beauty
    Rose, Pale: Friendship
    Rose, Peach: Let's get together, Closing of the deal
    Rose, Pink: Love, Grace, Gentility, You're so Lovely, Perfect Happiness, Please believe me
    Rose, Pink & White: I love you still and always will
    Rose, Red: Love, Desire, Respect, Courage, Job well done
    Rose, Red & Yellow: Congratulations
    Rose, White: Charm, Secrecy, Silence, You're Heavenly, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness and Innocence
    Rose, White on Red: Unity/Flower Emblem of England
    Rose, Yellow: Infidelity, Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Jealousy, Welcome Back, Remember me
    Rose, Yellow & Orange: Passionate thoughts
    Rosemary: Constancy, Fidelity and Loyalty
    S
   
    Salvia, Blue: "I Think of You"
    Smilax: Lovely
    Snapdragon: Presumption, Deception, Gracious lady
    Snowdrop: Hope and Consolation
    Spearmint: Warmth of Sentiment
    Spider Flower: Elope with me
    Statice: Lasting Beauty
    Stephanotis: Happiness in marriage
    Stock: Bonds of affection, You will always be beautiful to me
    Sunflower: Homage and Devotion
    Sweet Basil: Good Luck
    Sweet Pea: Departure, Blissful pleasure, Thanks for a lovely time
    Sweet William: Gallantry, Finesse and Perfection
    T
   
    Thrift: Sympathy
    Thyme: Courage and Activity
    Tiger Lily: Wealth and Pride
    Tuberose: Dangerous Pleasures
    Tulip: Symbol of The Perfect Lover
    Tulip, Red: Believe me, Declaration of love
    Tulip, Variegated: Beautiful eyes
    V
   
    Violet: Modesty and Simplicity
    Viscaria: Will you dance with me?
    W
   
    Wallflower: Friendship and Adversity
    Water Lily: Eloquence and Persuasion
    Wisteria: Youth and Poetry
   
    Y
   
    Yarrow: Healing
    Z
   
    Zinnia: Thoughts of Absent Friends
    Zinnia, Pink: Lasting Affection
 
                   

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