Symbolism of Flowers, Herbs, and Trees
Do you know the language of flowers? As our list below shows, each flower has its own meaning. The orange blossom meaning, for instance, is chastity, purity and loveliness, while red chrysanthemum means I love you.
Flower meanings have fascinated people for centuries, and they even play a large role in William Shakespeare’s works. Bouquets make great gifts, and it is important to know what your bouquet symbolizes. Many people also want to dress up their gardens with flower symbols that represent them. Roses tend to have special meanings, as do flowers used in weddings. Another important area of flower symbolism is the meaning of birth month flowers.
Red roses symbolize love and desire, but roses come in a variety of colors and each has their own meaning. For example, the white rose meaning is purity and innocence.
- Dark red rose: unconscious beauty
- White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, silence
- Pink rose: grace, happiness, gentleness
- Yellow rose: joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning
- Orange rose: desire and enthusiasm
- Lavender rose: love at first sight
- Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy
Special Meaning of Wedding Flowers: Flowers of Love
Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings, too. As an example, look to the royal flower bouquet in the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Ducchess of Cambridge). Her flowers had very special meaning.
The groom, too, wears a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the Medieval tradition of wearing his Lady’s colors, as a declaration of his love.
One fun idea is to have a garden gathering and have each person bring a flower that has meaning to them. Or, paint tiles on a kitchen island with a flower that represents each of your loved ones.
There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.
–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875
Meanings of Herbs, Flowers, and Trees
Please tell us which flowers have meaning to you! If we are missing one of your favorites, please tell us which one and its meaning.
Wish to grow a flower that has meaning to you or a loved one? Click on the linked plant names for free planting and growing guides.
|Symbolic Meanings of Herbs, Flowers and Trees|
|Aloe||Healing, protection, affection|
|Bachelor’s button||Single blessedness|
|-Red carnation||My Heart Aches, admiration|
|-White carnation||Innocence, pure love, women’s good luck gift|
|-Pink carnation||I’ll never forget you|
|-Yellow carnation||Disappointment, rejection|
|Clover, white||Think of me|
|Crocus, spring||Youthful gladness|
|Dill||Powerful against evil|
|Geranium, oak-leaved||True friendship|
|Honeysuckle||Bonds of love|
|Hyacinth||Constancy of love, fertility|
|Jasmine, white||Sweet love|
|Lilac||Joy of youth|
|Lily, day||Chinese emblem for mother|
|Lotus Flower||Purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth|
|Marjoram||Joy and happiness|
|Myrtle||The emblem of marriage, true love|
|Peony||Happy life, happy marriage|
|Rose, red||Love, I love you, desire|
|Rose, white||Purity, heavenly, I’m worthy of you|
|Rose, yellow||Jealousy, decrease of love|
|Rue||Grace, clear vision|
|Salvia, blue||I think of you|
|Salvia, red||Forever mine|
|Tulip, red||Declaration of love|
|Tulip, yellow||Sunshine in your smile|
|Violet||Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness, modesty|
|Zinnia||Thoughts of absent friends|