The Language of Flowers

Amanda Devine - Flowers

The Language of Flowers, also known in some countries as floriography, was a highly fashionable trend that peaked around the Victorian era. Somewhat like cell phones in this era I imagine!

Specific flowers were selected to convey a message to the recipient, both good and bad, although romance between young suitors played a significant role. Communication was restricted by conformity and thus flowers provided a means of expressing oneself that was socially acceptable.

Flowers are food for the soul

The meanings vary somewhat in different accounts, sometimes influenced by geographical location and sometimes by time (and trends prominent at that point).

Often the meanings seem obvious¬†given the name of the flower, such as ‘Forget-Me-Not’, and in others, like the Begonia¬†which sybolises ‘deep thought’ – are a mystery.

Alstroemeria – aspiring
Amaryllis – dramatic
Anemone – fragile
Apple Blossom – promis
Aster – contentment
Azalea – abundance
Baby’s Breath – festivity
Begonia – deep thoughts
Black-Eyed Susan – encouragement
Camellia – graciousness
Cosmos – peaceful
Crocus – foresight
Daffodil – chivalry
Delphinium – boldness
Daisy – innocence
Freesia – spirited
Forget-Me-Not – remember me forever
Gardenia – joy
Geranium – comfort
Ginger – proud
Gladiolus – strength of character
Heather – solitude
Hibiscus – delicate beauty
Holly – domestic happiness
Hyacinth – sincerity
Hydrangea – perseverance
Iris – inspiration
Ivy – fidelity
Jasmine – grace and elegance
Larkspur – beautiful spirit
Lavender – distrust
Lilac – first love
Lisianthus – calming
Magnolia – dignity
Marigold – desire for riches
Nasturtium – patriotism
Orange Blossom – fertility
Orchid – delicate beauty
Pansy – loving thoughts
Passion flower – passion
Peony – healing
Poppy – consolation
Queen Anne’s Lace – delicate femininity
Ranunculus – radiant
Rose pink – friendship
Rose red – passionate love
Rose white – purity
Snapdragon – presumptuous
Star of Bethlehem – hope
Stephanotis – good luck
Statice – success
Sunflower – adoration
Sweetpea – shyness
Tuberose – pleasure
Violet – faithfulness
Wisteria – steadfast
Yarrow – good health

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