Meaning of Flowers Sorted by Word / Phrase


Photo © Bob Stritof
Photo © Bob Stritof
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Although not a complete list, this alphabetical list of phrases and words with their associated flowers will help you find the right flower to give to your spouse.

Absence: Wormwood, Zinnia.

Abuse not: Crocus.

Accommodating disposition: Valerian.

Activity: Thyme.

Admiration: Red Carnation, Gladiolus, Lavender Heather, Peach Rose, Pink Rose, Light Pink Rose.

Adoration: Sunflower.

Advice: Rhubarb.

Affection, devoted: Honeysuckle, Ivy, Jonquil, Marigold, Mistletoe, Morning Glory, Pear Blossoms, Sorrel, Stock.

Age, old: Tree of Life.

Ambition: Hollyhock.

Amiability: Jasmine.

Anger: Petunia.

Anticipation: Forsythia.

Appreciation: Peach Rose, Pink Rose.

Attachment: Jasmine, Larkspur, Lavender.

Attractive: Ranunculus.

Austerity: Thistle.

Bashfulness: Peony.

Be mine: Four-leaf Clover.

Beauty: Amaryllis, Calla Lily, Cowslip, Gladiolus, Lavender Heather, Lady's Slipper, Orchid, Burgundy Rose, Red Rose, Small Rose Bud, Stock, Violet.

Beauty, delicate: Hibiscus, Hibiscus Rose.

Beauty, un-selfconscious: Deep Red Rose, Daisy.

Beautiful year ahead: Chrismas/Lenten Rose.

Best wishes: Basil.

Beware: Begonia, Monkshood.

Blessedness: Bachelor's Button.

Blushes: Marjoram.

Boldness: Pinks.

Bound: Snowball.

Capriciousness: Carnation, purple.

Caring: Yellow Rose.

Captive: Peach Blossoms.

Caution: Oleander, Rhododendron.

Celibacy: Bachelor's Button.

Charity: Turnip.

Charm: Ranunculus, White Rose.

Character, strength: Gladiolus.

Charity: Moss.

Chastity: Orange Blossoms.

Cheerfulness: Chrysanthemum, Coreopsis, Crocus, Xeranthemum.

Cheers the heart: Bugle.

Childishness: Buttercup.

Chivalry: Daffodil.

Christmas joy: Holly Berries.

Clever: Clematis.

Come down: Jacob's Ladder.

Comfort: Geranium, Ginger, Pear Tree.

Compassion: Allspice.

Compliments: Iris.

Conceit: Narcissus.

Confidence: Fern, Lilac.

Congratulations: Yellow and Red Roses.

Conquest: Nasturtium.

Consolation: Red Poppy.

Constancy: Bluebell, Blue Hyacinth, Scarlet Zinnia.

Contract, broken: Broken Straw.

Conviviality: Pine Cone.

Coquetry: Day Lily.

Cordial: Begonia, Peppermint.

Courage: Black Poplar, Garlic Chives, Oak Leaves, Poplar, Red Rose.

Cruelty: Marigold.

Cure, heartache: Cranberry.

Curiosity: Sycamore.

Daintiness: Aster.

Danger: Monkshood, Rhododendron, Tuberose.

Dazzling: Snapdragon.

Death: Cypress.

Deceit: Flytrap, Mock Orange, Snapdragon.

Defense: Holly.

Delicacy: Cornflower.

Departure: Sweet Pea.

Desire: Jonquil, Coral Rose, Peach Rose.

Desire, travel: Stephanotis.

Despair: Marigold.

Devotion: Hosta, Lavender, Rosemary, Sunflower.

Difficulties, surmount: Mistletoe.

Dignity: Cloves, Dahlia, Elm, Magnolia.

Disappointment: Yellow Carnation.

Disdain: Yellow Carnation.

Distinction: Carnation.

Distrust: Lavender.

Domestic symbol: Flax.

Durability: Dogwood.

Egotism: Narcissus.

Elegance: Aster, Yellow Jasmine, Pomegranate.

Elope with me: Spider Flower.

Enchantment: Holly, Lavender Rose.

Encouragement: Goldenrod.

Endurance: Acorns, Cactus, Eremurus, Oak Leaf.

Enthusiasm: Bouvardia, Orange Rose.

Esteem: Strawberry.

Expectation: Anemone, Zephyr.

Faith: Iris.

Faithfulness: White Carnation, Dandelion, Orange Blossoms, Violet.

False: Yellow Lily.

Fame: Trumpet Flower.

Fascination: Asparagus Fern, Carnation, Fern, Leatherleaf Fern, Orange Rose.

Fate: Flax.

Felicity: Bachelor's Button.

Femininity: Azalea.

Fertility: Orange Blossoms.

Fickleness: Larkspur.

Festivity: Parsley.

Fidelity: Ivy, Plum Tree, Veronica.

Finesse: Sweet William.

First love: Azalea.

Flame in my heart: Red Camellia, Fleur-De-Lis, Orange Lily.

Folly: Geranium.

Foolishness: Pomegranate.

Foresight: Holly.

Forever: Dahlia.

Forgive: Purple Hyacinth.

Formality: Narcissus.

Forsaken: Anemone.

Fortune: Alstromeria.

Freedom: Yellow Rose.

Friendship: Red Carnation, Iris, Ivy, Periwinkle, Pine, Pink Rose, White Rose, Yellow Rose, Wheat.

Frigidity: Hydrangea.

Fruitfulness: Hollyhock.

Fun: Delphinium.

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Gallantry: Sweet William.

Games: Hyacinth.

Gay: Yellow Lily.

Generous: Honeysuckle, Orange Tree.

Gentility: Geranium, Light Pink Rose.

Girlhood: White Rose.

Give me a break: Gladiolus.

Gladness: Crocus, Myrrh, Light Pink Rose, Yellow Rose.

Glory: Laurel.

Good fortune: Apple blossoms, Lily of the Valley.

Good taste: Dahlia.

Good-bye: Cyclamen, Sweet Pea.

Goodness: White Zinnia.

Grace: Calendula, Cowslip, Yellow Jasmine, Light pink Rose.

Gracious: Snapdragon.

Grandeur: Ash tree.

Grant me one smile: Sweet William.

Gratitude: Bells of Ireland, Camellia, Parsley, Peach Rose, Light Pink Rose, Bouquet of Mature Roses.

Grief: Bluebell, Calendula, Marigold.

Happiness: Several Daffodils, Dandelion, Ixia, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Peony, Primrose, Pink Rose, Light Pink Rose, Yellow and Red Roses, Stock, Bridal Rose.

Happiness, domestic: Holly, Stephanotis.

Haughtiness: Sunflower.

Haven: Queen Anne's Lace.

Healing: Yarrow.

Health, good: Feverfew, Peony.

Heart, aches: Carnation, red.

Heart, big: Delphinium.

Heart, poor: Carnation, red.

Heartless: Hydrangea.

Hope: Flowering Almond, Forget-Me-Not, Iris, Leaf Rose, Snowdrop.

Hospitality: Oak Tree, Wisteria.

Humility: Bluebell, Broom, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, White Rose.

I am sorry: Purple Hyacinth.

I can't live without you: Primrose.

I'll never forget you: Carnation, pink.

I'll never tell: Daisy.

I'll still be waiting: Astilbe.

I love you: Red Rose, single Full Bloom Rose.

I'm walking on air: Yellow Lily.

Imagination: Poppy.

Ingratitude: Buttercup.

Innocence: Baby's Breath, White Carnation, Daisy, Freesia, Lily, Orange Blossoms, Small Rose Bud, White Rose, Violet.

Insincerity: Foxglove.

Instability: Dahlia.

Intellectual: Clematis, Walnut.

Intoxication: Vine.

Jealousy: Calendula, Yellow Hyacinth, Marigold, Yellow Rose.

Joy: Chrysanthemum, Several Daffodils, Gardenia, Light Pink Rose, Yellow Rose.

Justice: Chestnut Tree.

Kindness: Elderberry, Flax.

Kiss me: Mistletoe.

Let me go: Butterfly Weed.

Levity: Larkspur, Shamrock.

Liberty: Live Oak.

Life: Pine Cone.

Life, eternal: Daffodil.

Life, long: Chrysanthemum, Orchid.

Lightness: Larkspur.

Longevity: Peach Blossoms, Plum Tree.

Longing for you: Camellia, pink.

Lovable: Bugle.

Love: Agapanthus, Azalea, Red Chrysanthemum, Jonquil, Morning Glory, Myrtle, Orchid, Rose, Red Rose, Strawberry, Bridal Rose.

Love, ardent: Balsam, White Carnation.

Love, bonds: Honeysuckle.

Love, chaste: Acacia.

Love, concealed: Acacia.

Love, confessions: Moss Rose, Small Rose Bud, Red Tulip.

Love, conquers all: Daisy.

Love, divine: Carnation.

Love, estranged: Lotus Blossom.

Love, eternal: Orange Blossoms.

Love, faithful: Lemon Blossoms.

Love, first: Azalea, Purple Larkspur.

Love, first sight: Gloxina, Lavender Rose, Thornless Rose.

Love, fraternal: Woodbine.

Love, happy: White Rose.

Love, hopeless: Yellow Tulip.

Love letters: Agapanthus.

Love, loyal: White Chrysanthemum, Daisy.

Love, mother's: Pink Carnation, Moss.

Love, new: Single Full Bloom Rose.

Love, oracle: Dandelion.

Love, pure: White Carnation.

Love, reciprocated: Ambrosia.

Love, secret: Gardenia.

Love, self: Narcissus.

Love, slighted: Yellow Chrysanthemum, Yellow Rose.

Love, spiritual: White Rose.

Love, sweet: Gardenia.

Love, true: Forget-Me-Not, Yellow Rose.

Love, unrequited: Daffodil.

Love, wedded: Ivy, Bridal Rose.

Love, woman's: Carnation, pink.

Lover: Anthurium.

Loveliness: Camellia, White Carnation, Gardenia, White Hyacinth, Orange Blossoms, Red Rose, Small Rose Bud, Smilax.

Loyalty: Bamboo, Pansy.

Luck, good: Bells of Ireland, White Carnation, Four-Leaf Clover, Gardenia, Lavender.

Luxury: Chestnut Tree.

Magic: Fern.

Magnificence: Bird of Paradise.

Majesty: Lily.

Marriage: Ivy, Orange Blossoms.

Meekness: Birch.

Memories: Forget-Me-Not.

Merit reward: Bay wreath.

Mirth: Hops.

Misfortune: Single Daffodil.

Modesty: Cosmos, White Lily, Peach Rose, Violet.

Motherhood: White Carnation, Day Lily.

Mourning: Cypress, Dark Crimson Rose, Weeping Willow.

Nature, fanciful: Begonia.

Nature, love of: Magnolia.

Neatness: Broom.

New beginnings: Daffodil.

No: Carnation, striped.

Nobility: Magnolia.

Oblivion: Poppy.

Optimism: Chrysanthemum.

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Passion: Iris, Rose, Red Rose, Yellow and Orange Roses.

Passion, fragile: Azalea.

Patriotism: American Elm, Nasturtium, Yellow Violet.

Peace: Cattail, Olive Branch.

Perfection: Pineapple, Rose, Tulip.

Persistence: Euphorbia.

Pity: Pine.

Play: Hyacinth.

Pleasant: Ginger.

Pleasure: Red Poppy, Sweet Pea.

Pleasure, simple: Huckleberry.

Praise: Fennel.

Prayer: Blueberry, White Hyacinth.

Preference: Apple Blossom.

Pride: Amaryllis, Carnation, Lily.

Promptness: Stock.

Prosperity: Alstromeria, Beech Tree, Cattail, Peony, Red Rose.

Protection: Garlic Chives, White Heather, Juniper, Mint.

Purity: Daisy, White Iris, Lily, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossoms, Red Rose, Small Rose Bud, White Rose, Rosemary, Star of Bethlehem, Water Lily.

Rashness: Hyacinth.

Rebirth: Daffodil, Rosemary.

Reconciliation: Filbert, Hazel, Purple Hyacinth.

Recovery from illness: Pussy Willow.

Refinement: Orchid.

Refusal: Carnation, striped.

Regard: Daffodil.

Rejection: Yellow Carnation.

Remembrance: Forget-Me-Not, Gladiolus, Rosemary, Statice, Yellow Zinnia.

Resentment: Petunia.

Reserve: Maple.

Resignation: Cyclamen.

Respect: Red Rose.

Rest: Chrysanthemum, White Poppy.

Retaliation: Thistle.

Reverence: White Rose.

Riches: Buttercup, Corn, Wheat.

Rigour: Lantana.

Romance: Azalea.

Safe: Ginger.

Salvation: Columbine.

Satisfaction: Primrose.

Secrecy: White Rose.

Sensitivity: Mimosa.

Sensuality: Jasmine.

Shame: Peony.

Shelter: Fern.

Silence: White Rose.

Simplicity: Daisy.

Sincerity: Fern, Gladiolus.

Sleep, eternal: Poppy.

Smile: Sweet William, Yellow Tulip.

Solitude: Lavender Heather.

Soothing presence: Petunia.

Sorrow: Purple Hyacinth, Yarrow, Yew.

Sorry: Striped Carnation, Purple Hyacinth.

Sport: Hyacinth.

Steadfastness: Bamboo.

Strength: Acorns, Alium, Bamboo, Cedar, Columbine, Fennel, Garlic Chives, Ginger, Oak Leaf.

Stupidity: Geranium.

Success: Laurel, Lavender, Palm Leaves, Yellow Poppy, Statice.

Support: Lamb's-Ears.

Surprise: Truffle.

Suspicion: Mushroom.

Sweet: White Carnation, Lily of the Valley.

Sympathy: Jonquil, Peach Rose, Pink Rose, Statice.

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Taste: Fuschia.

Temperance: Azalea.

Temptation: Quince.

Thank you: Parsley, Dark Pink Rose, Sweet Pea.

Thank you for understanding: Hydrangea.

Thee only do I love: Arbutus.

Thoughtfulness: Freesia, Pansy, Sweet Pea, Purple Violet.

Time: Fir, Poplar.

Truth: Bittersweet, Chrysanthemum, Nightshade, White Rose.

Unanimity: Phlox, Red and White Roses.

Union: Whole Straw.

Valor: Iris.

Variety: Aster.

Victory: Nasturtium, Palm Leaves.

Virginity: White Lily.

Virtue: Mint, White Rose, Sage.

Warmth: Cactus, Ginger, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint.

Watchfulness: Blue Violet.

Wealth: Alstromeria, Lily, Yellow Poppy.

Wedded Love: Ivy.

Welcome home husband however drunk you are: Hen-and-chickens.

Whimsy: Bells of Ireland.

Widowhood: Scabious.

Win me: Lady's Slipper.

Wisdom: Columbine, Iris, Mulberry Tree.

Wishes will come true: White Heather, Sweet Basil.

Wit: Sorrel.

Womanhood: Azalea, Carnation.

Worth beyond beauty: Alyssum.

Yes: Carnation.

You're adorable: Camellia, white.

You're the only one: Daffodil.

Youthful: Lilac, Small Rose Bed, White Violet.

You've made my life complete: Lily of the Valley.

Zealousness: Elder, Elderberry.

Zest: Salal.

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