For those of you who are very specific to what flowers mean, here’s your guide:
Achillea Named after the Greek mythological character, Achilles, who used the flower to treat cuts and bruises on his wounded soldiers. War.
African Corn Lily Comes from the Greek work Ixia meaning bird lime because of its sugary sticky sap.
Agapanthus Comes from the Greek agape, meaning love and anthos meaning flower, flower of love.
Alstroemeria Named after the Swedish Baron, Jonas Alstomer, by his friend Carolus Linnaeus in 1753. Wealth, prosperity, fortune.
Amaryllis Pride, splendid beauty, timidity, pastoral poetry.
Anemone From the Greek word, anemos meaning wind. Love, lust, abandonment and daintiness.
Anigozanthus Comes from the Greek word anisus meaning unequal and anthos meaning flower, Plant with the unusual flower.
Anthurium Hard working, think of me.
Aster Comes from the Greek word meaning star. Symbol of love, daintiness, after thought.
Astrantia Astrantia is an old plant name with the origin unknown. Since the flower is star shaped, it has been assumed that the Greek word astron meaning star plays a role in the origin of the name.
Baby`s Breath Innocence, pure of heart.
Bachelor’s Button Delicacy, hope in love, blessedness.
Bamboo Based on Chinese tradition, the ingredients to a happy life are happiness, wealth and longevity.
Bells of Ireland Good Luck, Luck of the Irish.
Birds of Paradise Named for King George III’s wife, Charlotte of Macklenberg-Streliz, who was crowned Queen of England in 1761. Freedom, Good Perspective.
Bouvardia Named after Louis XIII’s physician, Charles Boubard. Enthusiasm.
Bupleurum From the Greek word boupleurs meaning Oxen rib.
Calla Lily Named for Francesco Zantedeschia. Beauty.
Camellia Many different meanings for different colors. Red means excellence. White means adorable and lovely. Pink means I long for your touch. Blue means you are the flame in my heart.
Carnation Fascination, admiration, pure love, my heart yearns for you, a mother’s love.
Chrysanthemum Named by Carolis Linnaeus in the 17th Century. Cheerfulness, you’re a wonderful friend, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, wealth. Red means love. Yellow means slighted love and white means truth.
Cosmos Comes from the Latin word kosmos meaning beautiful.
Daffodil Based on the Greek mythology character, Narcissus, who was known to be so arrogant that when he looked into a mirror he fell in love with his reflection. He was later said to have been turned into the flower. Chivalry, respect, you are my only one, the sun shines when I’m with you, unrequited love.
Dahlias Named for the Swedish botanist Dr. Anders Dahl. Dignity, elegance, good taste, instability.
Daisy Named by Carolis Linnaeus in the 17th Century. Cheerfulness, you’re a wonderful friend, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, wealth. Red means love. Yellow means slighted love and white means truth.
Delphinium Comes from the Greek word, delphis meaning dolphin. Flight of fancy, ardent attachment, agility.
Dianthus Comes from the Greek words Dios meaning god and Anthos meaning flower.
English Lavender Comes from the Latin word lavare meaning to wash.
Equisetum Comes from the Latin word equis meaning horse and seta meaning bristle.
Eucalyptus Comes from the Greek word eu meaning well and kalypto to cover.
Forget-me-not Faithful love, undying love, do not forget, memories.
Freesia Named after a German physician , Dr. Friedrich Reese. Love, calm, careful, passion, rushed.
Gardenia Named after a Dr. Alexander Garden a physician and botanist in South Carolina. Secret love, lovely.
Gerbera Daisy Named for a German naturalist Traugott Gerber. Purity and strength.
Ginger Diversity, unlimited wealth.
Gladiolus Gladiolus is Latin for sword. Graceful, strong sense of character.
Godetia Named for Captain William Clark. Pleasing.
Golden Rod Comes from the Latin word solido which means to make whole or strengthen.
Golden Craspedia Edged and Frigid.
Heather Your wishes will come true, admiration for another.
Heliconia Great returns.
Hyacinth Named for the Greek mythology character, Hyakinthos, who was loved by the god of the sun, Apollo. Jealousy, on part of the god of the west wind, injured Hyakinthos causing blood to be shed. From the blood, the flower grew and Apollo named it for Hyakinthos. Consistency, please forgive me, jealousy, loveliness.
Hydrangea Thank you for your understanding, heartlessness, arrogance, aloofness.
Iris Named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow. Your friendship means the world to me, faith, hope, wisdom.
Kalanchoe Endurance, lasting affection.
King Protea Comes from the Greek god, Proteus who was known to be able to change into different shapes.
Leptospermum Comes from the Greek words leptos meaning slender and sperma meaning seeds.
Lilac Love or Absence of Passion.
Lily Most colors have different meanings. Yellow means gay and walking on air. White means purity, virginity, majesty.
Lily of the Valley Sweetness, you complete my life, return of happiness.
Limonium Comes from the Greek word leumon which means meadow. Sympathy, remembrance, lasting beauty.
Lisianthus Comes from the Greek word lysis meaning dissolution and anthos meaning flower.
Matsumoto Asters Comes from the Latin word meaning star.
Narcissus Comes from the Greek word Narcissus meaning numbness. Self-esteem and vanity.
Nerine Named for the Nereids in Greek mythology. The nereids were sea nymphs and daughters of the sea god, Nereus.
Orchid Comes from the Greek work orchis meaning testicle. Love, beauty, refinement.
Ornithogalum Comes from the Greek word ornis meaning bird and gala meaning milk. Named for the star of Bethlehem that appeared in the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Peonies Happy marriage, prosperity. In China, the word for peony is sho yu meaning most beautiful.
Phlox Our souls are united. Means flame in Latin.
Pittosporum Comes from the Greek word pitt meaning pitch seed.
Platycodon Named balloon flower because buds look like inflated balloons ready to burst.
Poppy Remembrance, wealth, pleasure, imagination, eternal sleep.
Pincushion Protea Comes from the Greek God, Proteus who was known to be able to change into different shapes.
Queen Anne’s Lace Haven, self-reliance.
Ranunculus Comes from the Latin word ranunculus meaning little frog. You are in attractions.
Rose All roses are symbolic for love, however each color has a separate meaning. Red means love, respect, courage. Pink means grace, perfect happiness. Dark pink means gratitude. Light pink means admiration, sympathy. White means innocence, purity, secrecy, I’m worthy of you, you’re heavenly, humility. Yellow means undying lover, platonic love, friendship. Orange means passion, desire. Blue means extraordinary, mystery. Red and White mean unity.
Salvia Comes from the Latin word salvia which means to heal.
Sandersonia Named for John Sanderson, who discovered the plant in 1851 in South Africa.
Scabiosa Comes from the Greek word scabies meaning to itch.
Snapdragon Comes from the Greek word anti meaning like and rhin meaning nose. Gracious lady, presumption, graciousness.
Solidaster Solid aster is named for its parents, Aster and solidago (golden rod).
Spray Rose All roses are symbolic for love; however each color has a separate meaning. Red means love, respect, courage. Pink means grace, perfect happiness. Dark pink means gratitude. Light pink means admiration, sympathy. White means innocence, purity, secrecy, I’m worthy of you, you’re heavenly, humility. Yellow means undying lover, platonic love, friendship. Orange means passion, desire. Blue means extraordinary, mystery. Red and White mean unity.
Stephanotis Comes from the Greek words stephanos meaning crown and otos meaning ear, a crown of ears. Luck, prosperity, wedding.
Stock You will always be beautiful to me, lasting beauty, promptness.
Strawflower Comes from the Greek words helisso meaning to turn around and chyrsos meaning gold. Never ending remembrance.
Sunflower Comes from the Greek word helios meaning sun and anthos meaning flowers. Adoration, pride, sunshine.
Sweet pea Delicate pleasures. Trachelium Comes from the Greek word meaning rough throat because of the medicinal uses to treat neck and throat pain. Neglected beauty.
Tuberose Comes from the Greek word polis meaning white and anthos meaning flower. Voluptuousness.
Tulip Like the rose, colors of tulips have different meanings. Red means declaration of love, believe me. Yellow means hopeless love, sunshine in your smile. General means perfect lover, frame, beautiful eyes.
Veronica The origin of the name is disputed. It is unknown whether it was honoring St. Veronica or the markings of the same species of the flower resembled the markings on her sacred handkerchief she handed to Christ while he was carrying the Cross.
Violet Named for Baron Walter Von Saint Paul Illaire who discovered the plant in Tanzania in 1892. Modesty, faithfulness, virtue.
Waxflower Named Geraldaton wax after the town in Australia where the flower originated. Happiness in Marriage.
Zinnia Like the rose, Zinnias color represents different meanings such as red means constancy. White means goodness. Yellow means daily remembrance. Mixed means in memory of a dear friend. General means thoughts of an absent friend. Pink means lasting affection.