The language of flowers

tulipFlowers have their own language, and we can use them to express our feelings and transmit different messages.

Since ancient times, flowers have been the perfect way to make others aware of our feelings. The language of flowers has its origins in the Far East, and has been passed down from generation to generation and from culture to culture over the centuries, through Ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, to the Renaissance, when it was at its height.

In Romanticism, the language of flowers was a secret that mothers passed on to their daughters, showing them how to communicate different feelings and sentiments: life, beauty, sadness, death, loneliness… but above all love.

When choosing flowers to carry in a bouquet, decorate the church, or give as a gift to the bride and groom’s mothers, many brides like to include flowers that are symbolic of the hidden messages of the language of flowers.

Kate Middleton chose to use the language of flowers at her marriage to Prince William in April 2011, using flowers such as sweet William, hyacinth, ivy, lily-of the-valley and myrtle in her bouquet, wedding dress, and cake.



Camellia Perfect loveliness
Carnation Fascination, love, distinction
Chrysanthemum Red: I love you, sharing; white: truth
Daffodil Regard
Daisy Innocence and purity
Fern Fascination, sincerity
Gardenias Joy
Heather Luck
Hyacinth Loveliness, and constancy of love.
Hydrangea Boastfulness
Iris Burning love
Ivy Good luck, eternal fidelity, marriage, and friendship.
Lily Majesty and purity
Lily-of the-valley Happiness, and return to happiness
Magnolia Perseverance
Marigold Grief, chagrin
Myrtle Marriage and love
Orange blossom Chastity, fertility, virginity, happiness
A very popular bridal flower, especially in Hispanic countries,
long-associated with weddings.
Orchid Beauty
Rose Love, beauty, happiness.
Snowdrop Hope
Sweet William Gallantry
Tulip Red: declaration of love; yellow: hopeless love
Violet Faithfulness

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  1. isabel:
    Jan 05, 2012 at 01:51 AM

    I didn't realize each flower has it's own meaning, this is really interesting stuff! Better remember that next time I buy flowers for a friend!

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