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Language of Flowers: What do they mean?

June 2, 2017

Language of flowers: What do these 6 flowers symbolize?

It is believed that the tradition of giving flowers dates back to the prehistoric times. Since then, it has been a powerful means of communicating human emotions. However, commemorating various special occasions with flowers can go further, expressing specific emotions with different kinds of flowers. What meanings do flowers convey? What can you say with a bouquet? Flipit Singapore has prepared an overview of 6 popular flowers and their meanings, most of which are also included in A Better Florist bouquets.


Lilies have been popular since 16th century BC, especially in the Ancient Greece. They symbolize purity and beauty, but different colours have different meanings. While a white lily is a symbol of virginity and modesty, yellow stands for gaiety and orange for passion. Furthermore, the Calla lily is considered a royal flower and the Easter lily is associated with Virgin Mary.



Belonging to the oldest families of flowers, protea is believed to be named after the son of the Greek god Poseidon, Proteus. Protea symbolizes transformation, as well as courage and resourcefulness. It also stands for diversity, as there are more than 1,400 varieties of this flower.



One of the most popular flowers worldwide symbolizes love in various forms. Red rose signifies desire, but also admiration, devotion, and respect. White rose is a symbol of innocence and purity, yellow stands for friendship and does not convey romantic emotions. Pink colour of rose shows joy and gratitude of the giver. A mixed rose bouquet can symbolize a variety of emotions, which the recipient has to decipher.



If you’re thinking of expressing adoration and dedication to someone, present them with sunflowers. Since they are flowers of the sun, they stand for warmth and longevity, too.

These flowers inspired not only Incas in Central and South America, but also painters of the Impressionist period and their beauty is captured in numerous art pieces.



When giving a tulip, especially a red one, you are essentially declaring your love. Yellow tulips stand for cheerfulness, purple represent royalty and white symbolize forgiveness. Tulip flowers are also very elegant, so a tulip bouquet also conveys grace.



This small white flower with yellow centre represents innocence and purity. Daisies are also another means of expressing/declaring loyal love and they can symbolize a secret, too. Moreover, it is a symbol of new beginnings, that is why daisies are often a part of bouquets for new mothers. Gerbera daisies, on the other hand, stand for cheerfulness.


If you want to get an inspiration of what kind of flowers you want to get to your loved ones, check out A Better Florist Instagram!

This article piece is written by a writer from FlipIt.

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