Flower names:
Symbols of their silent masters

What are your favorite flower names?

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Flowers are living creatures as are their human counterparts. So it’s only natural that they too would have names to represent their unique self. However, unlike people's names which represent personality traits, flower names symbolize the emotional affect the flowers will have on the buyer and recipient.

For example, if we give a baby the name Gregory, he will be a ‘vigilant watchful.’ But when he grows up and gives a bouquet of Stargazer lilies to his girlfriend, his message will whisper: ‘I see heaven in your eyes.’ Cool, isn't it? I live for this kind of symbolic stuff. ;-)

Flowers have been proven to have a beneficial psychological affect on people. According to a study conducted at Rutgers University, flowers can have a tremendous impact on our emotional lives. After receiving a flower, a person immediately feels happier, his mood improves, and his desire for intimate connection blossoms.

Having said that, I strongly recommend that you invest in the Flower of the Month Club. Members of this club receive a monthly selection of fresh, exotic flowers delivered directly to their home from the world’s finest flower growers. Yup...little pieces of sunshine delivered right to your recipient's doorstep once a month. Great for them and actually not to shaby for you either. How come? Well, because you'll have at least one sleepless night during the month. ;-)

Now that I've made you happy, I'd like to tell you about something that I'm excited about. Unknowingly, while explaining the positive affects of flowers on human emotion, science has also confirmed my original hypothesis about becoming a flower yourself. Have I lost you? Sorry. Click on the following link Romantic Flowers: The gardener's Day: A romantic game for two and you'll understand what I'm talking about. My idea for the Gardner's Game evolved from my hypothesis that it's not always enough to simply give and receive flowers...but that sometimes it's necessary to go as far as becoming a flower yourself. Yup...you, a flower. Didn't think all of this would be that simple, did you? ;-)

Anyway, whether you choose to play my unique invention ‘the gardener’s day,’ or decide to go the traditional route of enjoying a flower, you still need to find your unique flower name within the abundant universe of flower names. Don't start sweating...it’ll be easy. You already know who you are and what you want to say. The flower name should pop out at you almost immediately.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and find your soul within the vast universe of romantic flower names. (for additional ideas, visit 1-800-FLORALS)

By the way, don't forget that a plant can sometimes do as good a job at invigorating the soul as can a flower!


Flower names with “A”:

• Acacia: Concealed love; Beauty in retirement ; Chaste love

• Agapanthus: Love letters; Secret love

• Alium: Strength

• Alstromeria: Wealth; Prosperity; Fortune.

• Ambrosia: Your love is reciprocated

• Amaryllis: Pride; Pastoral poetry

• Anemone: Forsaken; Expectation; Sincerity

• Anemone/Mona Lisa:I don't want to lose you

• Anthurium, Red: You work to get where you are

• Anthurium, White: Think of me

• Apple blossums: Good fortune.

• Arbutus: Thee only do I love

• Asparagus fern: Fascination

• Aster: Symbol of Love; Daintiness; Variety; Elegance; This purple wildflower was once burned by the ancients because they believed the resulting smoke would drive away evil. It was named for the Latin word for "star." Also known as the birthflower for September.

• Aster China : Variety is the spice of life

• Astible: I'll still be waiting.

• Azalea: Take care of yourself for me; Temperance; Fragile passion; Chinese Symbol of Womanhood

Flower names with “B”:

• Baby’s breath: Innocence.

• Bachelor Button: Single blessedness

• Balsam: Ardent love.

• Begonia: Beware

• Bells Of Ireland Good luck

• Bellflower / Campanula: Gratitude

• Bird of Paradise Flower: Freedom; Good perspective; Magnificence

• Bittersweet: Truth

• Bouvardia: Enthusiasm.

• Broom: Humility

• Buttercup: Childishness

• Butterfly Orchid: You are always on my mind

• Bluebell: Humility; Constancy

Flower names with “C”:

• Cactus: Endurance

• Calendula : Grief; Jealousy; Also the birthflower for October.

• Calla Lily: Magnificent beauty; Associated with the sixth wedding anniversary.

• Camellia, General:Gratitude; Good luck gift for a man

• Camellia, Pink: Longing for you

• Camellia, Red: You're a flame in my heart

• Camellia, White: You're adorable

• Carnation, General: Fascination; Woman love; Divine love; Also the birthflower for January.

• Carnation, Pink: I'll never forget you; Motherly love; Always in my mind

• Carnation, Red: My heart aches for you; Admiration; Alas for my poor heart; Fascination; Passion; I hold you in high esteem; Respect

• Carnation, Purple: Capriciousness

• Carnation, Solid Color: Yes

• Carnation, Striped: No; Refusal; Sorry I can't be with you; Wish I could be with you

• Carnation, White: Sweet and lovely; Innocence; Pure love; Faithfulness; Sweet and lovely; Ardent love; Good luck. These lovely flowers have lasting qualities, and are often handed out on Mother's Day to symbolize the purity and strength of motherhood. They were handed out at the first Mother's Day service in 1908.

• Carnation, Yellow: You have disappointed me; Rejection; Enjoy the moment; Disdain

• Cattail: Peace; Prosperity

• Celosia: Fortune

• Chrysanthemum, General: You're a wonderful friend; Cheerfulness; Rest; Optimism; Truth. Considered to be a noble flower in Asian culture, mums are used as an object of meditation per a suggestion by Confucius. Also the birthflower for November.

• Chrysanthemum, White: Truth; Loyal love

• Chrysanthemum, Yellow: Slighted love

• Clematis: Clever; Intellectual. Associated with the eighth wedding anniversary.

• Cornflower: Delicacy

• Cosmos: Modesty. Associated with the 2nd wedding anniversary.

• Crocus: Cheerfulness; Gladness; Abuse not

• Cyclamen: Don't lose faith in me; Resignation; Good-bye

• Cypress: Mourning

Flower names with “D”:

• Daffodil: Regard-Unrequited Love; You're the only one; Rebirth; New beginnings; Chivalry; Joy; Happiness; Respect and "the sun always shines when I am with you". Associated with the tenth wedding anniversary. Also the birthflower for March.

• Daffodil Narcissus: You are an angel

• Dahlia: Fickleness; Instability. Associated with the fourteenth wedding anniversary.

• Daisy: Innocence; Loyal Love; I'll never tell; Purity; Associated with the fifth wedding anniversary.

• Daisy, Garden: I share your sentiment

• Daisy, Red: Joy

• Daisy, White: Innocence-Truth

• Daisy, Yellow: I will try hard to earn your love

• Dandelion: Faithfulness; Happiness; Love's oracle

• Day Lilly: Coquetry; Chinese emblem for mother. Associated with the twentieth wedding anniversary.

• Delphinium: Big-hearted; Fun.

Flower names with “E” :

• Ebony: Blackness.

• Eremurus: Endurance.

• Euphorbia: Persistence.

Flower names with “F”:

• Fern: Magic; Fascination; Confidence; Shelter; Sincerity

• Fir: Time

• Flowering Cabbage: Prosperity

• Flytrap: Deceit.

• Foget-Me-Not: True love; Good memories; Hope; Remembrance

• Forsythia: Anticipation

• Four-leaf clover: Good luck; be mine.

• Foxglove: Insincerity.

• Fressia: Innocence; Thoughtfulness; Trust.

• Fuschia: Taste; Associated with the third wedding anniversary.

Flower names with “G” :

• Gardenia: You're lovely; Secret Love; Joy Sweet love; Good luck

• Geranium: Stupidity; Folly; Comfort; Gentility. Associated with the fourth wedding anniversary.

• Gerbera: You are the sunshine of my life

• Ginger, Pink: Diversity

• Ginger, Red: Unlimited wealth

• Gladiolus / Sword Lily: Strength of character; Remembrance; Infatuation; Splendid beauty; Give me a break; I'm really sincere; Flower of the Gladiators; Admiration; Tells recipients that they pierce the heart like a sword. Because the gladiolus has blade-shaped leaves, the name comes from the Latin word gladius which means sword. Also the birthflower for August.

Flower names with “H”:

• Heather, Lavender:Admiration; Solitude; Beauty

• Heather, White: Protection; Wishes will come true

• Helenium: I miss you very much

• Heliconia: Great returns

• Hibiscus: Delicate beauty.

• Holly: Defense; Domestic Happiness; Foresight; Enchantment.

• Hollyhock: Ambition; Fruitfulness. Associated with the thirteenth wedding anniversary.

• Honeysuckle: Bonds of love; Happiness

• Huckleberry: Simple pleasure.

• Hyacinth, General: Games and sports; Rashness; Flower dedicated to Apollo

• Hyacinth, Blue: Constancy; Predictability; Reliable

• Hyacinth, Purple: I am sorry; Please forgive me; Sorrow

• Hyacinth, Red: Play

• Hyacinth, White: Loveliness; I'll pray for you; Subtle and graceful

• Hyacinth, Yellow: Jealousy

• Hyacinth, Pink: Active; Energetic

• Hydrangea: Thank you for understanding; Frigidity; Heartlessness; Arrogance; Aloofness

Flower names with “I” :

• Iris: Fleur-de-lis-Emblem of France; Your friendship means so much to me; Valor; Associated with the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

• Iris, Blue: Faith; Hope

• Iris, Purple: Wisdom; My compliments

• Iris, Yellow: Passion

• Iris, White: Purity

• Ivy: Wedded love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection; Marriage

• Ixia: Happiness.

Flower names with “J”:

• Jack-in-the-pulpit: Associated with the seventh wedding anniversary.

• Jasmine: Amiability; I attach myself to you; Attachment

• Jasmine, Spanish: Sensuality

• Jasmine, Yellow: Grace-; Elegance.

• Jonquil: Love Me; Affection returned; Desire; Sympathy

Flower names with “L”:

• Lady Slipper: Capricious beauty.

• Larkspur: Ardent attachment; Levity; Lightness. Also the birthflower for July.

• Larkspur, White: Joyful; Happy; Go lucky

• Larkspur, Pink: Fickleness

• Larkspur, Purple: Sweet disposition; First love

• Lavender: Devotion

• Leatherleaf fern: Fascination.

• Lilac: Field Humility; Youthful; Confidence

• Lilac, Purple: You are my first love

• Lilac, White: You are so pure and innocent

• Lily: Majesty; Wealth; Pride; Innocence; Purity.

• Lily, Calla: Your voice is music to my ears; Beauty

• Lily, Casablanca: I am in heaven when I'm with you

• Lily, Day: Coquetry; Chinese Emblem for Mother

• Lily, Eucharis: Maiden charms

• Lily, Orange: Flame; I burn for you.

• Lily, Pink: Romantic

• Lily, Stargazer: I see heaven in your eyes

• Lily, Tiger: Wealth; Pride

• Lily, White: Purity; Modesty; Virginity; Majesty; It's heavenly to be with you. The white lily is linked to Juno, the queen of the gods in Roman mythology, by the story that while nursing her son Hercules, some excess milk fell from the sky creating the group of stars we call the Milky Way, and lilies were created from what milk fell to the earth. The Easter lily is also known as the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

• Lily, Yellow: Live for the moment; Nothing is forever; I'm Walking on Air; False

• Lily of the Valley: Return of happiness; Purity of heart; Sweetness; Tears of the Virgin Mary; You've made my life complete; Humility; Happiness. The legend of the lily of the valley is that it sprang from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits. Also known as the flower of May.

• Lotus Blossum: Estranged love.

Flower names with “M”:

• Magnolia: Dignity; Love of nature; Nobility.

• Marigold: Affection; Cruelty; Grief; Jealousy. The marigold was called Mary's Gold by early Christians who placed garlands of marigolds by statues of the Virgin Mary.

• Mimosa: Sensitivity.

• Mint: Virtue

• Mistletoe: Kiss me; Affection; To Surmount Difficulties

• Monkshood: Beware; A Deadly Foe is Near; Danger

• Morning Glory: Loves you. Associated with the eleventh wedding anniversary.

• Moss: Maternal Love; Charity

• Myrtle: Love; Hebrew Emblem of Marriage

Flower names with “N”:

• Narcissus: Egotism; Conceit; Self love; Self admiration; Formality; Stay as sweet as you are. Also known as the birthflower for December.

• Nasturtium: Conquest; Victory in Battle; Associated with the fortieth wedding anniversary.

Flower names with “O”:

• Oak Leaves: Bravery.

• Oleander: Caution

• Olive Branch: Peace.

• Orange Blossom: Innocence; Eternal Love; Marriage and Fruitfulness; Fertility

• Orange Mock: Deceit

• Orchid: Rare beauty; Love; Refinement; Beautiful lady; Chinese symbol for many children; Mature charm; Beauty; Long life. Associated with twenty-eighth wedding anniversary.

• Orchid, Cattleya: Mature Charm

Flower names with “P”:

• Paeonia: Bashful

• Palm leaves: Victory and Success

• Pansies: Recipient is being thought about. The flower's name comes from the French word pensée which means thought or remembrance. Associated with the first wedding anniversary.

• Paper White: Aphrodisiac due to its intoxicating scent. It is also the national flower of Wales because it often blooms on March 1st which is St. David's feast day, Wales' patron saint.

• Peony: Bashfulness; Shame; Happy life; Happy marriage; Good health; Prosperity. Associated with the twelfth wedding anniversary.

• Peppermint: Cordiality.

• Periwinkle: Friendship.

• Petunia: Resentment; Anger; Your Presence Sooths Me

• Phlox: A good partnership; Harmony; Unanimity

• Pine: Hope; Pity

• Poppy, General: Eternal Sleep; Oblivion; Imagination; Associated with ninth wedding anniversary

• Poppy, Oriental: Silence is golden

• Poppy, Red: Consolation; Pleasure

• Poppy, Scarlet: Extravagance

• Poppy, White: Tranquility; Consolation; Sleep; Rest

• Poppy, Yellow: Wealth; Success

• Primrose: I Can't Live Without You

Flower names with “Q”:

• Queen’s Anne’s Lace: Haven.

Flower names with “R”:

• Ranunculus: You are very attractive; You are radiant with charm

• Rhosodendron: Danger; Caution.

• Rose: Love; Passion; Perfection. The rose was named for the Latin word rosa which means red. It has been a symbol of love since ancient times. Associated with the fifteenth wedding anniversary. It is also known as the birthflower of June.

• Rose, Black: You are my obsession

• Roses, Bouquet of Mature Blooms: Gratitude

• Rose, Bridal: Happy Love

• Rose, Champagne: You are tender and loving

• Rose, Coral: Desire.

• Rose, Dark Crimson: Mourning

• Rose, Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty

• Rose, Leaf : You May Hope

• Rose, Leonidas : Sweet love

• Rose, Nicole: You are graceful and elegant; Aristocratic

• Rose, Orange: You are my secret love; Fascination; Display feeling of enthusiasm.

• Rose, Peach: Desire; Gratitude; Appreciation; Admiration; Sympathy; Modesty.

• Rose, Pink: Brilliant Complexion; The glow of your smile; Happiness; Friendship, Please believe me

• Rose, Light Pink: Grace; Gladness; Joy; Perfect happiness; Gentility.

• Rose, Dark Pink: Thankfulness.

• Rose, Lavender: Love at first sight; Enchantment.

• Rose, Red: Love; Passion; Respect; Courage; I love you; Beauty; Pure and lovely; Prosperity.

• Rose, Deep Red: Un-self-conscious beauty.

• Roses, Single Full Bloom: I Love You; I Still Love You

• Rose, Single Stems: Simplicity

• Rose, Tea: I'll Remember Always

• Rose, Thornless: Love at First Sight

• Rose, White: Innocence; Purity; Secrecy; I am worthy of you; Silence; Friendship; Truth; Virtue; Girlhood; Humility; Spiritual love; Reverence; Charm; Happy love.

• Rose, White & Red: We are not separable; Unity

• Rose, White-Dried: Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue

• Rose, Yellow: Jo; Friendship; True love; Decrease of love; Jealousy; Try to care; Freedom; Slighted love; Shows "I care"; Joy; Gladness.

• Roses, Yellow and Red together: Happiness; Congratulations.

• Roses, Yellow and Orange together: Passionate thoughts.

• Rosebud: Beauty and Youth; A Heart Innocent of Love

• Rosebud, Red: Pure and Lovely

• Rosebud, White: Girlhood

• Rosebud, Moss: Confessions of Love

• Rosemary: Remembrance; Purity; Rebirth.

Flower names with “S”:

• Sage: Virtue.

• Scabiosa: Admiration

• Scilla: Forgive and forget

• Snapdragon: Please don't misunderstand

• Snowball/Viburnum : Commitment

• Spearmint: Warm sentiment.

• Spider Flower: Elope with Me

• Star of Bethlehem: Purity.

• Statice: Sympathy; Remembrance; Success.

• Stock: Lasting beauty

• Sweet Pea: Lasting pleasure; Good-bye; Departure; Blissful pleasure; Thank you for a lovely time; I think of you. Supposedly this delicate flower was named by the poet John Keats. Associated with the thirtieth wedding anniversary. Also known as the birthflower of April.

• Sweet William: Gallantry; Smile; Finesse.

• Smilax: Loveliness

• Snapdragon: Deception; Gracious Lady

• Stephanotis: Happiness in Marriage; Desire to Travel

• Stock: Bonds of Affection; Promptness; You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me

• Sunflower: Follows the sun as it grows; Adoration; Haughtiness.

Flower names with “T”:

• Thyme: Activity.

• Tuberose: Dangerous pleasure

• Tulip, Cream: I will love you forever

• Tulip, Red: Declaration of love; Believe Me; Declaration of Love

• Tulip, Yellow: I am hopelessly in love; There's Sunshine in Your Smile

• Tulip, General: Perfect Lover; Frame; Flower Emblem of Holland

• Tulip, Variegated: Beautiful Eyes

Flower names with “V”:

• Veronica: : Fidelity

• Violet: Modesty; Faithfulness; Innocence; Understated beauty. Worn by the ancient Greeks to induce sleep and to calm tempers. Also known as the birthflower of February.

• Violet, Blue: Watchfulness; Faithfulness; I'll Always Be True

• Violet, Purple: Thoughts of you; Blue love.

• Violet, White: Let's take a chance; Youthful innocence.

Flower names with “W”:

• Waratah: Prosperity

• Water Lily: Purity of heart.

• Wheat: Friendliness.

• Willow: Bravery and humanity

Flower names with “Y”:

• Yarrow: Healing; Sorrow.

Flower names with “Z”:

• Zinnia, Magenta: Lasting Affection

• Zinnia, Mixed: Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend

• Zinnia, Scarlet: Constancy

• Zinnia, White: Goodness

• Zinnia, Yellow: Daily Remembrance

Have you picked out your favorite flower names? Good. I want you to have your list of flower names on hand when writing your greeting card so that you can share the meaning of your chosen flower with your recipient. Why? Well, how about you tell me after you do it. ;-)

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