Updated: Sep 2, 2020

For centuries, flowers have held symbolic meaning for cultures across the world. Yet it was in the Victorian era in Europe, prompted by a strong passion for gardens and horticulture, that one of the most intricate languages of flowers truly developed. Called floriography, each flower and even color was assigned a different emotion or characteristic becoming a cunning way to convey innermost messages and feelings.

The meaning of flowers


Perhaps no flower has more connotations than the iconic rose, one of the world's oldest-known flowers. Pink stands engagement, burgundy for deep passion, and the heavenly white rose heralds new beginnings and innocence.


Hydrangea, with its showy pom-pom

blooms in shades that range from white and blue to purple and pink, signifies vanity and boastfulness.


The carnation expresses many sentiments across its rainbow of hues. While red stands for deep love and white for talent, perhaps loveliest of all is the soft pink bloom that represents a mother's undying love


The tulip, treasured for its saturated color and variegated patterns, has a storied past that crisscrosses the globe from its native Central Asia to 15th-century Persia to the Golden Age of Holland.

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