The Intricate Language of Flowers


Words are only one way to communicate. There is body language, sign language and, of course, hundreds of emojis we can use to express what we’re feeling.

Perhaps one of the more poetic ways to express your feelings for another person is through flowers. 

We all know that a bouquet of wildflowers or a bunch of roses is the perfect way to show affection, but few realize that an actual language of flowers was developed and used to convey feelings and ideas.

This language of flowers reached its height in the 19th century, during the Victorian era. Back then it was commonly understood that certain flowers had a symbolic meaning. For example, if, after a couple of dates, you sent that special someone lilacs, it would be understood that this was meant to express the first feelings of love.

Hopefully you would get some lilacs back in return.

Here are the symbolic meanings behind 10 other common flowers:

  • A pink rose expresses love and gratitude.
  • Red roses are for romantic love.
  • Daisies convey innocence and are often given to new mothers and fathers upon the birth of a child.
  • Bluebells represent kindness.
  • Rosemary stands for remembrance.
  • Periwinkles symbolize tender recollections.
  • Daffodils are for new beginnings.
  • Myrtles symbolize luck and love in a marriage.
  • Peonies mean the sender is bashful, a cute way to flirt if ever there was one.
  • Rhododendron means “danger,” which goes to show not all flowers have pleasant meanings.

Along with their individual meanings, flowers can be combined in creative bouquets to symbolize an intricate and complex range of feelings.