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Flowers and their connotations


You’ve probably given a bunch of flowers as a present before, whether that be as a mother’s day present, a romantic gesture or a get well soon pick-me-up. When picking the flowers you probably picked a bouquet that was in a favourite colour or was an affordable price. You may have considered a plant but what about artificial flowers? And did you think about the message you are giving out with the chosen blooms?

All flowers have connotations; some may be national emblems, some may be associated with past events and some represent emotions. The same goes for the colour of the flowers. Red roses are often given on Valentine’s Day to a loved one whereas white chrysanthemums are commonly used in funerals. Get the meaning right next time you by blossoms with this handy guide:

Flower Connotations

Carnation: Love and fascination

Daffodil: Joy, respect and chivalry however a single daffodil can represent misfortune

Daisy or gerbera: Loyal love and innocence

Forget-me-not: Memories and true love

Freesia: Innocence and thoughtfulness

Hyacinth: Sincerity

Lavender: Devoted love or distrust

Lily: Youth or beauty

Orchid: Refinement, rare and delicate beauty and love

Peony: Bashful love

Primrose: Happy love

Poppy: Hopeless love

Rose: Love and appreciation

Sunflower: Warmth, adoration and longevity

Tulip: Perfect lover, grace and elegance

Colour Connotations

Red flowers: Red flowers have many different meanings however this colour has an indisputable energy about it. Red flowers are usually given to a lover and are common on Valentine’s Day. Red flowers can represent love, passion, courage, beauty, strength, vitality, confidence and desire.

Orange flowers: Orange flowers such as tulips or gerberas represent warmth and satisfaction. They convey enthusiasm and energy as well as endurance, confidence and vitality. Orange is the colour of the sun so it can really invigorate. Orange is a colour of friendship and community so give orange flowers as a gift to say thank you or get well soon to a comrade.
Yellow flowers: Like orange, yellow is a colour of friendship. It also represents new beginnings and happiness so give a bunch of yellow flowers to a friend who is moving home, going to university or starting a new job. Yellow is often associated with gold and therefore is seen to be precious, a symbol of purity, clarity, truth and intellect. Yellow flowers can also represent light-heartedness, intellectual energy and reason.

Blue flowers: Blue is recognised internationally as the colour of peace so give a bunch of blue flowers to the worrier in your family or an individual who is constantly on the go. Blue flowers can also connote open mindedness, youth, truth and serenity.

Purple flowers: Purple is the colour of royalty and so is often seen to promote grace, elegance and refinement. Purple is precious and delicate; it is mysterious and magic. Purple may also connote admiration, accomplishment, pride, success and dignity.

Pink flowers: Pink is often associated with young girls as it can represent youth, beauty and innocence. Pink is a happy and uplifting colour that is gentle and graceful. Pink has an air of innocent love.

White flowers: White colour represents both cleanliness and clarity; it is the colour of purity and innocence. It is unspoilt or tainted. White flowers represent simple beauty, elegance and modesty so give white flowers to a special person who you look up to and admire.
So whether you are buying a fresh bouquet or an artificial plant in a pot, use this guide and get the meaning right next time you treat a special person in your life.

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