Language of the Flowers

Flowers were used to convey messages in Persia and in the Middle east first before expanding into Europe in the  1800s.  It was a secretive and romantic way to communicate without words.  Familiar plant had a symbolic meaning creating a language of the flowers.  For example, a tulip expressed love, rosemary meant “Your presence revives me,” and a plum branch signified “Keep your promises.”

Here are some flower meanings from The Dominion Educator, published in Canada in 1922.

  • Anemone: anticipation
  • Apple blossom: admiration
  • Buttercup: wealth
  • Cowslip: youthful beauty
  • Daisy: simplicity
  • Evergreen: hope
  • Everlastings: undying affection
  • Forget-me-not: friendship
  • Goldenrod: encouragement
  • Heather: loneliness
  • Heliotrope: devotion
  • Honeysuckle: fidelity
  • Hyacinth: sorrow
  • Ivy: trustfulness
  • Laurel: fame
  • Lily: innocence
  • Myrtle: wedded bliss
  • Oak leaf: power
  • Orange blossom: marriage
  • Oxalis: pangs of regret
  • Pansy: loving thoughts
  • Poppy: a tryst at evening
  • Rose, red: I love you
  • Rose, white: I will marry you
  • Rosemary: remembrance
  • Rue: repentance
  • Scarlet geranium: a kiss
  • Snowdrop: a friend in need
  • Violet: modesty


Copyright 2014 – Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

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