8 Beautiful Flower Meanings That May Surprise You

Most of us buys flowers based on what our significant other likes the best, and may not take other factors into account. But in fact, there are lots of other elements to take into consideration
when picking your blooms.

“Symbols are the language of something invisible spoken in the visible world”
- Gertrud von Le Fort

 

 

Apart from colour and scent, flowers are one of those gifts that come rife with symbolism. A rose is not simply a rose – it carries a powerful message to its recipient that can turn a regular bunch of flowers into a beautiful expression of your relationship. While many flowers are linked to love and passion, you may be surprised to find out that some of the most popular ones actually symbolise negativity, anger or loss. Scroll down to see what your favourite flower actually stands for.

 

white hydrangea stem in glass vase 

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas have different meanings depending on what colours you go for. Pink hydrangeas symbolise heartfelt emotion. Blue stands for apologies, while white hydrangeas means boasting or bragging. And purple hydrangeas symbolise the want to deeply understand someone. So whatever the occasion, a bouquet o hydrangeas are always a great choice to bring with you as a gift.

 

 

blue cornflower in a vase on a white tablecloth

 

Cornflower

The cornflower also comes in various colours, the most popular being the blue cornflower. These pretty little blooms symbolise good luck, and they are especially linked to wealth and good fortune. So make sure to include these in your wedding arrangements. Besides, they can be your “something blue”. Read about how to include the cornflower in your recipes here

 

 

pink peonies in a glass vase on a table

 

Peony

Strangely enough, these sweet and very popular blooms represented “anger” to the Victorians. Today, however, peonies are linked to romance, marriage and timidness. Common colours for peonies are pink, white and coral. To read more about the peony click here

 

 

lily-of-the-valley flowers in a glass jar vase

 

Lily-of-the-valley

These cute little bell-shaped flowers carry a message that’s just as innocent as the look. They symbolise purity, happiness, luck and humility. Lily-of-the-valley, also known as “Cornvallaria majalis”, is a very small and delicate flower that looks its best in small bud vases on its own or with some just as delicate foliage.

 

 

lilac flower in hand

 

Lilac

The meaning of these fluffy flowers varies depending on the hue. Purple lilacs stands for the first emotions of love while magenta lilacs symbolise love and passion. Lilacs also goes by the name “Syringa”.

 

 

sunflowers in a tall glass vase

 

Sunflower

It is said that when the Spanish explorers reached the Americas, they first thought sunflowers were made of real gold. Obviously, they were wrong. But that’s why the sunflower symbolises “false riches”. To find out more about the pretty sunflower click here

 

 

lavender flower in a glass jar

 

Lavender

From their wonderful scent to their gorgeous purple hue, a bouquet of lavender is a message of devotion. They are a versatile flower and can be used dried, in candles or to help you sleep. Read more on how to use lavender in dessert and cocktails here.

 

 

Also read: 7 Health Benefits of Having Flowers at Home