List of Flower Names and Meanings of Flowers

Here is a list of flower names along with their symbolic meanings. Find out how to use the language of flowers to express deep-felt emotions like love, longing, anticipation, jealousy, hope… and so on.

As the saying goes: ‘Say it with flowers!’ And indeed, people have been saying it with flowers since time immemorial, using the special meanings of flowers to express all kinds of emotions. Whether to woo somebody special on Valentine’s Day, display filial affection on Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, or to express a ‘get well soon’ message for somebody ill, flower meanings have been used to say it all. In fact, the symbolic meaning of flowers has given birth to a language of its own, known as floriography.

Apart from each of the names of flowers being imbued with symbolism such as romance or sympathy or affection, all flowers express specific phrases as well. As a matter of fact, the Victorians were the ones who used flower symbolism most profusely to communicate subtly what they wanted to say, but could not speak aloud since decorum would not allow it. With flowers, and their symbolic meanings, they could verbalize a communication or evince a feeling. Thus, the Victorians would often make a bouquet of flowers as a revelation of an unvoiced message to the person receiving it, using various symbolisms like the number of flowers, the arrangement, the color, and of course the type of flower.

So, if you want to express your deep-felt feelings to someone special in your life, in a thoughtful and unique way, check out the list of flower names given below, and find out what message you can devise using the special language of flowers. Or, if it is a gift of flowers that you have received, check out the flower names and their meanings to find out what it means. Is it love? Or is it ecstasy? Or perhaps it is a sign of hope, or jealousy, or anticipation, or friendship, or even good-bye. Truly, you can say it all with flowers!


Acacia: Hidden love, Beauty in withdrawal

Ambrosia: Love requited

Amaryllis: Pridefulness

Aster: Symbolizing love, Delicacy

Anemone: A love that is diminishing, Vanishing hopes

Almond Blossom: Symbolizing hope, Delicacy, Sweetness

Apple Blossom: Good fortune, Harbinger of better things, A strong liking

Arum: Intense feeling of love

Arbutus: I love only thee

Azalea: A symbol of womanhood in China, Passion, Fragility, Take care


Baby’s Breath: Purity of heart, Innocence

Begonia: Be cautious, A fanciful mind

Bachelor Button: Celibacy, The blessedness of being single

Balsam: Fervent love

Balm: Compassion, Empathy

Bittersweet: Trueness

Bird of Paradise: Usually given these days by a woman to a man to symbolize faithfulness

Bluebell: Gratitude, Constancy, Humility

Buttercup: Riches, Childishness

Black Bryont: Be my support


Caladium: Immense delight and joy

Camellia: Perfection, Gratitude

Carnation (Red): Aching heart, Admiration

Christmas Rose: Allay my disquiet

Crocus: Good cheer, Happiness, Do not treat me badly

Cyclamen: Good-Bye, Resignation

Clover (Four-leaf): Will you be mine?

Clover (White): Think of me

Clematis: Ingenuity, Artifice

Cornflower: Refinement, Delicacy


Daffodil: The sun is bright when I am with you, Respect, Sunshine, Unrequited love, Regard

Dahlia: Elegance and Dignity, Forever thine

Daisy: Beauty, Innocence, I will never tell, Loyal love, Purity

Day-Lily (Yellow): Coquetry

Dandelion: Love’s oracle, Happiness, Faithfulness

Date-Plum: Resistance

Delphinium: Fun, Big-hearted

Dog Rose: Pleasure and Pain

Dogwood: Am I indifferent to you?

Dragon Root: Ardor


Edelweiss: Noble purity, Courage, Daring

Endine: Frugality

Elder Flower: Symbolizing Zeal

Eglantine: Poetry

Everlasting: - Never ending memory

Euphorbia: Persistence

Eremurus: Endurance

Eupatorium: Delay

Epigaea: Budding

Eucalyptus: Protection


Forget-Me-Not: As its name suggests: Forget me not, Memories, True love

Forsythia: Expectation, Anticipation

Fuchsia: Good taste

Fern: Fascination.

Filbert: Reconciliation

Flax: Symbol of domesticity

Flora’s Bell: Without pretentiousness

Flowering Reed: Confide in heaven


Gladiolus: Strength of character, Love at first sight, Generosity

Gardenia: Secret love, You are lovely

Galax: Encouragement

Geranium: Folly, Stupidity

Gerbera: You are the sunshine of my life

Gloxinia: Love at first sight

Goldenrod: Be cautious

Goats-Rue: Reason

Goosefoot: Insult

Globe Amaranth: Unfading Love


Heliotrope: Devotion

Hibiscus: Delicate beauty, Consumed by love

Holly: Am I forgotten, Domestic happiness, Defense, Domestic Happiness

Hollyhock: Fruitfulness

Honeyflower: - Secret love, Sweetness of disposition, Sweet, Affection,

Honeysuckle: Bond of love

Honeysuckle (Coral): I Love You

Hyacinth: Flower dedicated to Apollo, Rashness,

Hyacinth (Yellow): Jealousy

Heliotrope: Devotion


Iris: Wisdom and Valor, Faith, Promise in love, Hope

Iris (German): Flame

Iris (Yellow): Passion

Ivy: Affection, Friendship, Fidelity, Wedded love

Ivy (Sprig of white tendrils): Affection, Anxious to please

Indian Cress: Resignation

Ipomen Scarlet: Embrace

Indian Cane: Rendezvous

Immortal Flowers: Unfading remembrance

Ipomoea: I attach myself to you


Jasmine (Indian): Love, Attachment

Jasmine (Yellow): Elegance, Grace, Modesty

Jasmine (Spanish): Sensuality

Japonica: Symbol of love, Sincerity

Jerusalem Oak: Your love is reciprocated

Jonquil: Sympathy, Desire, Affection returned, Love me, Affection Returned

Juniper: Chastity, Eternity


King’s Spear: Regret

Kennedia: Intellectual beauty


Laburnum: Blackness

Lady’s Slipper: Capricious beauty, Win me

Lucerne: Life

Larkspur: Lightness, An open heart, Levity

Larkspur (White): Happy-go-lucky, Joyful

Larkspur (Purple): Sweet disposition

Lantana: Rigor

Lily: Purity of heart, Majesty and Honor

Lemon Blossom I promise to be true, Fidelity in love

Lilac: Pride, Beauty

Lily: of the Valley: Humility, Happiness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Sweetness

Lotus: Forgetful of the past, Estranged love

Laurel: Glory

Lavender: Devotion, Love


Marjoram: Happiness, Joy

Madder: Calumny

Magnolia: Perseverance, Nobility

Marigold: Sorrow, Jealousy, Caress, Pretty love, Affection, Sacred, Affection

Maidenhair: Discretion

Morning Glory: Affection

Manchineel: Betrayal

Mimosa: - Secret Love

Mugwort: Happiness

Mulberry: Prudence

Mallow: Sweetness, Delicate beauty

Mandrake: Scarcity

Myrtle: Hebrew emblem of Marriage, Love

Maple: Reserve


Nasturtium: Victory in Battle, Conquest

Narcissus (White): Selfishness

Narcissus: Stay as sweet as you are, Formality

Nightshade: Truth

Nettle: Cruelty

Nosegay: Gallantry


Orchid (Cattleya): Mature charm

Orchid: Symbol for many children in China, Refinement, Beauty, Love, Beauty

Orange Blossom: Eternal Love, Innocence, Marriage and Fruitfulness

Oak: Hospitality

Osmunda: Revere

Ophrys Spider: Dexterity

Ophrys Fly: Mistake

Olive: Peace

Oleander: Caution

Orange-Tree: Generosity

Orange-Blossom: Chastity

Orange (Milkweed): Deceit


Phlox: Harmony, A good partnership

Passion-Flower: Belief

Peppermint: Warmth of feeling

Periwinkle: Sweet remembrance

Poppy (General): Imagination, Oblivion, Eternal sleep

Primrose (Evening): Inconstancy

Petunia: Your presence soothes me, Anger, Resentment, Anger

Pansy: Merriment, Thoughtful reflection

Peach Blossom: I am your captive

Peppermint: Cordiality


Quaking Grass: A symbol of agitation.

Queen Anne's Lace: Fantasy


Rose (Red): Passion, Love

Rose (White): Purity, Virginity

Rose (Yellow): Infidelity, Jealousy

Rose (Coral): Desire

Rose (Pink): Grace and Sweetness, Secret love, Perfect happiness, Secret Love

Rose (Dark pink): Thankfulness

Rose (Pale pink): Joy, Grace

Rosebud (Red): Pure and Lovely

Rosemary: Remembrance

Rhododendron: I am dangerous, Danger, Beware


Sunflower (Tall): Pride, False riches

Sunflower ( Dwarf): Adoration

Snowdrop: Consolation, Hope

Sage: Great respect, Wisdom, Female fidelity

Snapdragon: Strength, Gracious lady

Satin-Flower: Sincerity

Spider Flower: Elope with me

Sweet-William: Gallantry, Grant me one smile

Sweetpea: Thank you for a lovely time, Blissful pleasure, Departure, Good-by

Star of Bethlehem: Reconciliation, Atonement


Tulip (General): Fame, Perfect lover, Flower Emblem of Holland

Tulip (Yellow): Hopeless love, There's sunshine in your smile

Tulip (Variegated): Beautiful eyes

Tulip (Red): Declaration of love, Believe me

Thornapple: I dreamed of thee

Tuberose: Dangerous pleasures

Teasel: Misanthropy

Trumpet Flower: Separation


Valerian: - Accommodating disposition

Verbena: Sensibility, Pray for me

Violet: Modesty

Violet (White): Let´s take a chance

Violet (Blue): Love, Faithfulness, Watchfulness

Virgin’s-Bower: Artifice

Venus Flytrap: Caught at Last

Viscaria: Will you dance with me?

Veronica: Fidelity

Vervain: Enchantment


Water Lily: Purity of heart

Water Lily (Yellow): Growing indifference

Water Lily (White): Eloquence

Wall Flower: Lasting beauty, Fidelity, Faithful in adversity

Wisteria: Welcome

Windflower: Sincerity, Love, Abandonment

Witch Hazel: A spell

Wild Rose-Tree: Poetical person

Wood-Sorrel: Joy

Whortleberry: Treachery


Xeranthemum: Cheerful in adversity


Yarrow: Healing, Health

Yew: Sadness


Zinnia: Thoughts of absent friends

Zinnia (Yellow): Daily remembrance

Zinnia (Magenta): Lasting Affection

Zinnia (White): Goodness

Zinnia (Scarlet): Constancy

Zephyranth: Fond Caresses