The meaning of flowers

All about Flowers

Hardly anyone knows that the language of flowers originates from France. You see, it was there that a certain Charlotte de la Tour published a book in 1819, in which she listed the significance of various flowers. According to this, asters for example meant ulterior motives, whilst narcissi and peonies expressed shame. This book became a bestseller and then in other countries authors switched to writing their own works. Initially they stuck more or less to de la Tour’s book, but soon it became more and more imprecise and was also adapted to customary country ways. Such as in England, for example, where everything was left out that could be considered shocking. The final blow was when Americans discovered the language of flowers: Because many common English plant names had no American equivalent there, the same flower was listed under several different names. De la Tour’s "Language of Flowers" therefore still counts today as the one that is most often used. For this reason, we are pleased to pass on some of them to you:

Aquilegia:
Madness


Aquilegia

Anemone:  
Resignation, mistrust


Aquilegia

Aster:
Ulterior motives

Bellis:
Innocence

Bellis

Bouquet of flowers: Gallant gesture

Erica:
Loneliness

Fern:
Sincerity, reverie


Fern

Lilac:
Initial loving feelings


Carnation:
Lasting beauty


Carnation

Gorse:
Purity


Gorse

Campanula (blue):
Constancy


Campanula

Wallflower:
Radiance


Wallflower

Dog rose:
Poetry


Dog Rose

Hops:
I
njustice


Hops

Hydrangea:
You are cold


Hydrangea

Hyacinth:
Goodwill


Hyacinth

Periwinkle:
Sweet memories


Periwinkle

Iris:
News


Iris

Jasmine:
Kindness


Jasmine

Crown Imperial:
Power


Cherry blossom:
Good education


Cherry Laurel:
Infidelity


Clematis:
Refinement


Cornflower:
Tact


Lavender:
Mistrust


Gillyflower:
Dignity


Gillyflower (bright red):
You are a goddess


Lily:
Majesty


Lotus:
Eloquence


Antirrhinum:
Arrogance


Lilies of the valley:
Return of good fortune

Hollyhock:
Grace

Marguerite:
Innocence

Mistletoe:
I will overcome all obstacles

Poppy:
Consolation

Moss rose:
Sensual love

Myrtle:
Symbol of marriage


Narcissus:
Selfishness


Carnation (red):
Pure and deep love


Carnation: 
Contempt


Carnation (white):
Talent


Orange blossom:
Virginity


Daffodil:
Desire

Peony:
Shame

Passion flower:
Belief

Petunia:
Surprise

Primula:
Youth

Buttercup:
You have charms

Marigold:
Jealousy, despair


Delphinium:
Superficiality


Rose (red, single rose):
I love you


Rose (white):
Silence

Rose petals:
I am never pushy

Rosebud (white):
A heart that does not yet know love

Rosemary:
Your presence enlivens me

Snowdrops:
Love’s happiness

Iris:
Message

Sunflower:
Riches

Maiden pink:
Delicacy

Pansies:
Duplicity

Tagetes:
Disgust

Thyme:
Activity

Tuberose:
Lust

Tulip:
Declaration of love

Violet:
Modesty

Forget-me-nots:
Don’t forget me