Looking for another option besides the run-of-the-mill rose to surprise your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Here is a list of some fun and meaningful blooms to break out of the ordinary rose rut this holiday.
“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.” – Marianne Williamson
While it’s not the fanciest flower in the garden, the beauty and grace of a simple Tulip is sure to send that special message, whatever it may be. The Turkish, who originally bred the flower, considered it a symbol of paradise on earth. The Ottoman planted them to remind themselves of heaven and eternal life. The Dutch popularized it as a reminder of how short life can be. However, it was only in the 20th and 21st centuries that the meaning of love and passion were associated with it. Different colored Tulips, have different meaning:
- Yellow – Unrequited or spurned love. Sending this colored Tulip to someone means you love them, but you know they don’t feel the same way
- Bright red – Passion and perfect love. Don’t send a bouquet of these flowers to a family member or you’ll be sending the wrong message!
- Purple – Royalty, abundance and prosperity
- Pink – Less intense affection and love. A more appropriate choice for friends and family
Tulips also represent the 11th wedding anniversary, charity and support of those less fortunate… and indulgence.
“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ” ― Goldie Hawn
The Lotus flower symbolizes rising from a dark place into beauty and rebirth as the Lotus flowers grow directly out of muddy and murky waters. It’s beautifully colored blossoms have been cherished by various religions and each one has a similar meaning for this astounding flower. As with the Tulip, the Lotus’ meanings also vary depending on the color:
- Blue – Victory of the spirit over that of wisdom, intelligence and knowledge
- White – Being awakened, a state of mental purity, and that of spiritual perfection
- Purple – Mystic and associated with esoteric sects
- Pink – Supreme lotus
- Red – Related to the heart, associated with that of love and compassion
The lily of the valley is often used in wedding bouquets. However, you don’t have to save this flower for such a big occasion. Europeans have adored the lily of the valley for centuries. In fact, May 1st, now “lily of the valley day”, was once “love’s day”. Wouldn’t it be nice to give it in order to ensure your happiness from now on? Lily of the valley expresses a more humble and moderate type of pure, unconditional love.
Here’s a list of the feelings you can convey with this delicate, beautiful flower:
- Stay together & be happy once again – Remember how you met them, how you feel about them, your conversations, your first date, and the initial days of your relationship – those times of pure glee? The lily of the valley is said to bring that happiness back
- Natural beauty – Inner beauty and honest attitude. Wouldn’t this perfectly describe your significant other? The lily of the valley is well known for its strong attractive scent, being one the three best floral scents. However, the lily of the valley may actually be really a dangerous flower, being able to attract anyone just with the scent
- Delicacy – Consideration for others and sophisticated beauty. Delicacy does not translate to emotionally weak or fragile – it symbolizes the good characteristics of a strong and kind person.
- Hope – When you’re around your significant other, do you feel happy and motivated? Saint Leonard, a guardian of the woods, hurt himself badly and used the lily of the valley to cure himself. From this myth, the lily of the valley has the meaning of “hope”, including “healing” and “peace”
- Humbleness – If your significant other is modest even when they are praised or if they are not self-assertive, the lily of the valley is the way to go. Even though you may find this as weak, it’s simply not true. Being humble is nice because they are constantly seeking to become a better person
- Coquetry – Attracted by their sexy behavior? In French, the lily of the valley is called “muguet”, meaning sensuality
However, as beautiful, delicate and awe-inspiring as this alluring bloom may be, keep in mind that the lily of the valley is poisonous despite its appearance.
Youth, fame and beauty are very much like hibiscus flowers, which have short lives. Although the flowers may die, they do grow back as long as their bush or tree is cared for. Enjoy beautiful moments while they last.
Although specific meanings for the hibiscus differ depending on the culture of the beholder, there are some generalities about what the hibiscus symbolizes. The hibiscus is considered a very feminine flower, often given or worn by women. Especially in North America, a hibiscus means a perfect wife or woman. In Victorian times, giving a hibiscus meant that the giver was acknowledging the receiver’s delicate beauty. In China, hibiscuses symbolize the fleeting and beauty of fame or personal glory.
Hibiscuses come in a floral rainbow of colors. Color meanings differ from culture to culture, but they do have some common associations. Some hibiscuses are a mixture of colors, but one color will predominate. Here’s a list of the feelings you can convey with this delicate, graceful flower:
- White – Purity, beauty and femininity
- Yellow – Happiness, sunshine and good luck
- Pink – Friendship and all kinds of love, not just romantic love
- Purple – Mystery, knowledge and the higher classes
- Red – Love and passion
These pretty blooms are hearty and affordable. Carnations can be found in a wide range of colors, and while in general they express love, fascination and distinction, virtually every color carries a unique and rich association.
- White – Pure love and good luck
- Light red – Admiration
- Dark red – Deep love and affection
- Purple – Capriciousness
- Pink – Carry the greatest significance, beginning with the belief that they first appeared on earth from the Virgin Mary’s tears – making them the symbol of a mother’s undying love
With its scientific name dianthus roughly translating to “flower of love” or “flower of the gods”, this flower is one that has been revered for centuries. One of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers, the carnation is appreciated for its ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period. Carnations remain a favorite flower choice for many different occasions. They are immediately recognizable flowers, and they possess a charm and allure that continues to captivate people around the globe. In fact, in many parts of the world, the popularity of carnations surpasses that of any other flower including roses. The powerful sentiments these flowers can express are a perfect complement to their classic beauty and long-lasting freshness. By retaining its status as a floral mainstay for such a long time, the carnation has proven itself to be a lasting flower in more ways than one.
With a delicate, sculptural beauty and historical rarity, orchids carry an unrivaled symbol of refinement, luxury and mystery. Each color variation carries a slightly different meaning with it, making them ideal gifts and a beautiful surprise for your loved ones. These exotic and stunning flowers can convey a silent message, symbolizing a special moment between you and your recipient – whether strength, beauty or love. Orchids are available in every color of the rainbow, excluding true blue. There is, however, a blue toned orchid – they are extremely rare, so they represent rarity, as well as spirituality and meditation.
- Pink – Innocence, femininity, grace, joy and happiness. Also represents the celebration of the 14th and 28th wedding anniversary
- Purple – Royalty, respect, admiration and dignity
- Red – Passion and desire. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Also courage and strength
- White – Innocence, elegance, reverence, humility and beauty – ideal for a christening or the birth of a baby
- Yellow – Joy, friendship and new beginnings. Perfect for giving to a friend who has just succeeded with a joyous achievement
- Orange – Pride, enthusiasm and boldness. Perfect for giving to someone who is just about to do something nerve-racking
- Green – Health, nature, life, fortunate, happy blessings and longevity
Through its intricate history, the meanings of the iris has come to include faith, hope, and wisdom. Depending on factors such as color and region, irises may bear additional meanings. In some parts of the world, the dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion. Irises may also express courage and admiration. The many meanings of the iris makes the flower a great choice for an array of gift giving occasions: corporate, sympathy, get well, just because, and birthday.
- Purple – Royalty, but that isn’t its only meaning. Purple can also represent wisdom, respect and compliments
- Blue – Hope and faith
- Yellow – Passion
- White – Purity and innocence
The daisy’s message is, ultimately, one of hope and renewal. In sending daisies, the sender hopes the viewer will see the world as they once did as a child. Just be sure not to send daisies to anyone with ragweed allergies.
We’ve all heard of the “he loves me, he loves me not”, a saying that is expressed while picking away the petals of a daisy. These delicate flowers can send messages of purity, loyal love and cheerfulness. In the west, the daisy is a symbol of simplicity, chastity and transformation. In the realm of color meanings, the common daisy reveals its symbolic messages with the colors white and yellow.
- Yellow – Vitality, radiance, wit, communication and creativity
- White – Purity, innocence, cleansing, purification and healing
At first, it can seem that there can be as many meanings for daisies as there are species of daisies. However, the most generally accepted meanings are:
- New beginnings – Why they are often found in bouquets for new mothers or as gifts for children
- True love – Daisy flower are really two flowers blended together in harmony
- That the sender can keep a secret – One way a person can exhibit that they truly love another
In modern Paganism, daisies symbolize the sun just because they seem to appear like stars or suns. In Victorian times, different species of daisies symbolized different things:
- Michaelmas daisy (Aster amellus) symbolizes a farewell or a departure
- Gerber daises (those in the Gerbera genera) symbolize cheerfulness. They were often paired with ferns, which symbolize sincerity
- English daisy (Bellis perennis) symbolizes innocence. They were often paired with primroses, which is a symbol for childhood and/or moss, which symbolized mother love