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The Language Of Flowers: What Does Your Gift Of Flowers Say?

Don't be misunderstood this Valentine's Day! Did you know the bouquet of flowers you give may have a deeper meaning?

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Photo: alessandro silipo

In this iconic Vietnam era photo, these flowers are conveying a message of peace. What does the bouquet of flowers you are gifting say to the recipient? Are you expressing hatred (orange lilies?) or constant love (bluebells)?

What does your gift of flowers communicate to the recipient? Flowers are more profound than their beautiful superfice.

The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the goddess of love, and in the language of flowers it signifies love and passion.  If we want to construct a Valentine’s Day Posy which communicates positive emotions to a loved one we might choose some of the following flowers:

  • white carnations (ardent love)
  • globe amaranth (unfading love)
  • bluebells (constant love)
  • daisies (innocence) heliotrope (devotion)
  • larkspur (an open heart)
  • snowdrops (hope)
  • and of course, for-get-me-nots.

More Flower Meanings

A bouquet of phlox signifies a proposal of marriage and a bouquet of bachelor’s buttons communicates celibacy. Not all flowers are associated with the lovelier emotions in life…If you want to communicate a less positive message to the recipient of a bouquet, some of the following flowers may be selected

  • amaryllis (pride)
  • purple carnations (antipathy and capriciousness)
  • yellow carnations (distain)
  • impatiens (severed ties)
  • orange lily (hatred).
  • Columbine was once considered a bad-luck gift for men
  • Cyclamen was once considered a bad luck gift for women

Don’t be misunderstood this Valentine’s Day!

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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