Flowers Language

Through generations, flowers, their colors, numbers as well as groups, have been used to convey a particular message. In addition, the way flowers were worn or presented also had special meanings. Unfortunately, most of this silent yet complete language has been lost primarily because of lack of use.

The language of flowers, or floriography, was a way of communication during the Victorian era. At that time the individuals used to express their feelings through coded messages with the help of variety of flowers and floral arrangements.

History:
It is thought that the Turks seemed to develop flower meanings way back in the 17th century. Lady Mary Wortley, the wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople, had multiple visits to Turkey. In 1718, she wrote a detailed letter on the “Secret Language of Flowers” that she had discovered. Europe quickly picked up the idea.

The first ever flower language dictionary was introduced with the name Le Language des Fleurs, in 1819. This small book, written by Louise Cortambert (Pen Name: Madame Charlotte de la Tour), became a popular reference on the subject.

During the Victorian era (reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901), the flowers language flourished a lot. The language became very popular among the Victorian women as it allowed them to communicate feelings and meanings which they were not allowed for as per strict propriety of times. Tussie-mussies, a bunch of flowers wrapped with a lace and tied with a satin ribbon became a valued and admired at that time.

In 1884, a whole book on the subject was published in London with the title “The Language of Flowers”. The book got high popularity and respect. Since then, this book by Jean Marsh, illustrated by Kate Greenway, has been the standard source for Victorian flower meaning.

Some Famous Flower Meanings:

Flower

Meaning

Almond Flowers

Hope

Anemone

Forsaken

Aster

Symbol of love

Basil

Best wishes

Bay leaf

“I change but in death”

Bell flower, white

Gratitude

Bluebell

Constancy

Campanula

Gratitude

Carnation, pink

I’ll never forget you

Carnation, red

My poor heart aches for you

Carnation, striped

Refusal

China rose

Beauty always new

Chrysanthemum

Love

Coreopsis

Love at first sight

Daffodil

Regard

Daisy

Innocence, new-born, “I share your sentiment”

Fern

Sincerity

French Marigold

Jealousy

Gardenia

Ecstasy

Honeysuckle

Bonds of love

Ivy

Fidelity, friendship, marriage

Jasmine

Grace

Lavender

Luck, devotion

Lily

Purity, modesty

Lily of the Valley

Purity, the return of happiness

Lily, Calla

Beauty

Marigold

Health, grief or despair

Orchid

Love, beauty, refinement

Primrose

I can’t live without you

Rose, red

Love, passion

Rose, pink

Grace, beauty

Rose, yellow

Friendship

Rosemary

Remembrance, constancy

Tuberose

Voluptuousness

Tulip, red

My perfect lover, reclamation of love

Violet

Loyalty, modesty, humility

Violet, blue

Faithfulness

Wheat

Riches of the continuation of life

Willow, weeping

Mourning

Yew

Sorrow

 

Rose and the Flower Language:

Rose is the flower that is most commonly used to convey some special messages. Some details of meaning of the Rose are listed below.

Rose

Meaning

Rose, Black

You’re my obsession

Rose, Champagne

You’re tender and loving

Rose, Orange

You’re my secret love

Rose, Pink

Brilliant complexion, the glow of your smile, perfect happiness

Rose Red

Passionate love, I love you

Rose, White

Spiritual love, Innocence and purity

Rose, White and Red

We are inseparable

Rose, Yellow

Friendship, jealousy, I am not worthy

Rose, Bridal

Happy love

Rose, Single stem

Simplicity

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