Valentines Day Flowers And Their Meanings
What flowers should you send on Valentines Day and what message should they say? Everyone says to say it with flowers but which species of flower communicates the correct message? Demystify the language of Valentines Day flowers – never be caught out again with what flowers you should and shouldn’t send on Valentines Day!
Flowers have always had a special place in our hearts – they are given as bouquets to uplift and delight people close to us and their fragrances make beautiful perfumes. Foliage and flowers have traditionally been used as medicines and food flavourings and the ability of flowers to create a mood is world famous. Is it any wonder that humankind invented a language of flowers called “Floriography” during the Victorian era, as a means of coded communication?
The “language” of flowers was regarded as very important in when gift giving – a man could please or displease a lady by his choice of flowers, or he could say what he could not dare to speak. In English culture, roses were traditionally used to symbolise love and lilies to symbolise beauty. The size and maturity of the flowers had their own message too – buds conveyed innocence, whereas mature blooms symbolised a full-bodied relationship.
Buying flowers for Valentines Day online is very easy and all you have to do is choose the appropriate bouquet and order them through an online florist. Give them a week’s notice and note on the order that you’d like to have them delivered in time for Valentines Day.
The art of floriography (flower meanings) is an old school tradition. Did you know that Queen Victoria of England described knowledge of the language of flowers as being as important to people as being well dressed? During her reign in the Victorian era from 1837 – 1901, romantic notions flourished and it was important to give the right flowers for the right occasion to avoid social gaffes and build social standing. Victorian gift-givers liked to make up bouquets for all occasions and tussie-mussies (small bouquets wrapped in lace doilies, tied with satin) were popular handmade gifts.
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Valentines Day Floriography
Learning the right flowers to convey the right message will help you appear more knowledgeable about traditional romance and hence, more romantically inclined.
Here are the most common English culture flower meanings for Valentines Day:
Pure love, innocence
I’ll never forget you
My heart aches for you, admiration
Sorry I can’t be with you
Innocence and purity, good luck
You have disappointed me
Innocence, purity and true love
Magic, fascination, confidence
Wedded love, affection, friendship
Beauty and magnificence, charm and maturity
Rose (Deep pink)
Rose (Deep red)
Rose (Hot pink)
Rose (Light pink)
Fun and happiness
Rose (Mature blooms)
Gratitude, relationship in full bloom
Rose (Pale pink)
Grace, gentleness, gratitude
Rose (Purple or Lilac)
Love at first sight, enchantment
I love you, true love
Rose (Single bloom)
I love you or I still love you
Rose (Two roses entwined)
An imminent engagement or marriage
Innocence, truth, charm
Youth, beauty, innocence
Pure and lovely, youthful
I will always remember you
Say "I love you" with a single rose on Valentines Day
Did you know?
Approximately 110 million roses will be sold and delivered in the USA within three days around Valentines Day.
Why red roses are the most in-demand flower on Valentines Day
Flowers have communicated emotions, moods and religious events throughout history. In English and Victorian culture, red roses have the traditional meaning of “I love you”. Hence, they are the most demanded flower on Valentines Day. Choose between a bouquet of mature flowers, which means “gratitude” or a single red rose meaning “I love you”. Rosebuds indicate youth, beauty and innocence. A safe mix is a bouquet of red rosebuds and blooming roses with baby’s breath. A single red rosebud with baby’s breath is referred to as a “signature rose” and is a great all-occasion gift for Valentines Day, anniversaries and birthdays. Whatever you do, do not give dead or wilting roses on Valentines Day as they mean “it’s over” and “I’m finished with you”.
Valentine Flowers for Friendship
What are the best flowers to give in regards to conveying a
message or meaning of friendship on Valentine’s Day? Any pink, peach or yellow flowers,
including roses, in full bloom make a great Valentine’s Day present. Avoid using buds (symbolising innocence), deep red roses (for desire) and white flowers (for innocence and purity). Lighter pink, peach and yellow convey friendship, inspiration, imagination and gratitude and look great as a mixed colour bouquet.
Yellow roses are used for friendship but depending on the species of flower, the meaning of yellow flowers might be misconstrued, hence stick to yellow roses for a safe friendship choice. However, here are some other friendship-type flower meanings for flowers on Valentines Day:
Respect, regard, unrequited love
Hyacinth (Red or Pink)
Rose (Pale pink)
Grace, gentleness, gratitude
Friendship and freedom
Pride and sunshine
There’s sunshine in your smile
Valentines Day Flowers To Avoid
There are some flowers to avoid on Valentines Day as their meanings can be quite deceptive. For example, lavender can mean distrust and oleander is a warning. Sweetpeas mean you are saying “goodbye” and striped carnations say “I can’t be with you”. For this reason, proceed with caution on non-traditional flowers, unless you know exactly what you are “saying” with them. Avoid cacti as they mean “endurance” and "toughness" (these make a better Christmas present for a dinner host or sibling than Valentines present).
What’s the Best Choice for Valentines Day Flowers?
If you’re in love, go for roses. If your partner is young and innocent, go for red rosebuds – for a mature partner you are in love with, give red mature blooms. Baby’s breath complements all bouquets as it says innocence but with less importance (and some mature partners might still want to be reminded of their innocence!) If your budget won’t allow for a bouquet, a single red rosebud with some baby’s breath will convey an “I love you and you are beautiful” message, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
For a friendship, go with light pink, peach or yellow roses, purple irises or ferns, or a combination of these. A great flower bouquet for an ambiguous Valentine is tea roses as everyone would like to be remembered!
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© 2011 Suzanne Day
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 19, 2015:
This is so informative...I knew a little but not nearly what you have shared. And we do not, of course, need to wait till Valentine's Day to share our thoughtfulness with flowers as you know.
Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way...to you..ps
Voted up++++ and shared
poetryman6969 on January 11, 2014:
The giving of meaningful flowers!
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 10, 2013:
Especially if you want to date or marry them!!!
RTalloni on November 10, 2013:
Neat topic to be mindful of year-round. A while back I was surprised to discover that kallini2010's comment is true. In our multicultural society it is a good thing to double-check the meaning of flowers in the homeland of anyone you want to grace with such a gift!
James on February 14, 2011:
wow, nice hub, very good info, thanks for sharing, thumbs up :)
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 03, 2011:
This is so beautiful. I learn much from you, Suzanne. We just give the flowers as the gift, but I believe most of us didn't what the mean behind all flowers we have given to our beloved. You open my eyes about all these flower. Good work, my friend. I give my vote to you.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 24, 2011:
Thanks Kallini, for illuminating us on the different flower meanings! I am an English/Australian, so the flower meanings I wrote about are what I know, but I will have to be careful not to give even numbers of flowers for weddings in other cultures and other such social hiccups ; )
kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on January 24, 2011:
I am wondering what the source of flower meanings are. I know that in different cultures the assigned meaning is dramatically different.
In China, yellow is the colour of wealth and I adore yellow roses not for that reason though. In Russia, where I am from, yellow is avoided at all costs because YELLOW is the "colour of betrayal".
Red carnations are always the flowers to bring to the "Fallen Heroes", it was never a romantic, but more of a patriotic theme.
And the number of flowers, the hardest thing for me to adjust to...
even number of flowers is for FUNERALS only
uneven for happy occasions...
I tend to think that flowers have no meaning, after all.
I still enjoyed your article, though.
Good luck and all the best,
P.S. I can only say it with words, not with flowers. LOL