25 Flowers And What They Symbolise


Pre-made bouquets at florists in Singapore are quick and fuss-free, which makes them a customer’s first choice when they enter a florist. While those said bouquets are convenient, do we actually know what the chosen floral arrangement represent?


Many of us don’t consider flower meanings before gifting them to someone. Similarly, the receivers do not know their meanings, hence missing the underlying message. Bouquets make great gifts, and it is important to know what your bouquet symbolizes.


Some flowers symbolise friendship or love while others symbolise birth or loss. Many flowers come in an array of colours and each variation holds a different meaning to them - safe to say, there is definitely a flower for every mood and occasion.


Scroll on for a quick guide to 25 flowers and their meanings which you can refer to the next time you go bouquet shopping!


1. Amaryllis

This flower is symbolic of splendid beauty, pride and determination. It is also used to indicate worth beyond beauty.


2. Baby Breath

Baby’s breath is an iconic symbol of purity and long-lasting love as it is commonly used to bring together wedding bouquets and centrepieces. The backstory behind its name is that it is charming and boasts the innocence of a baby.


3. Bluebell

This blue bulbous beauty represents humility and kindness. Fun fact: Bluebells are also called harebells in Scotland as old folklore believed that the witches turned into hares before hiding amongst the sea of flowers.


4. Camellia

In general, Camellias symbolize love, affection and admiration but different colours hold a different message.

White Camellias are a sign of adoration, pink signifies missing someone and a red Camellia should be reserved for a significant other.


5. Carnation

These ruffly flowers bring forth the words fascination, distinction, and love. White is for pure love and good luck, yellow for disdain and pink for a Mother’s love.


6. Daffodil

These bright sweethearts carry the meaning of new beginnings wherever they go. Gift these cheery blooms to someone celebrating a new job, a new home or a new addition to their family!

Daffodils are also synonymous with spring.


7. Daisy

In Norse mythology, Daisies were Freya's - goddess of love, beauty, and fertility - sacred flower. This was how they came to symbolize innocence, childbirth, motherhood and new lives. It conveys loyal love and the message of “I will never tell”.


8. Forget-me-not

Just like its name, all this flower is asking of you is remembrance. Next time you receive these five-petaled blooms, you should know what the giver is trying to hint at!


9. Gardenia

White Gardenia symbolizes purity and sweetness while the red Gardenia symbolizes secret love between two people.

All in all, they convey joy and works as a method to tell the receiver how lovely they are to you.


10. Gerbera

This fifth most popular flower in the world belong to the Daisy family, and therefore assumes the symbolism associated with them.


Red Gerberas portray love, romance and passion. White Gerberas are symbols of a child’s innocence, purity and spirituality. The colour yellow is a symbol of happiness and joy. Pink is for adoration and admiration while orange presents sunshine and joy.


11. Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a representation of beauty, feminity and glory. In ancient Victorians time, this beautiful flower could only be given to those worthy of its beauty.


12. Hyacinth

Purple Hyacinths are perfect for apology bouquets as they mean, "Please forgive me,". Blue Hyacinth stands for constancy, purple for sorrow, red or pink for play and fun, white for loveliness and yellow for simmering jealousy.


13. Hydrangea

These round blooms boast both positive and negative notations to them. Because of their many meanings, hydrangeas are great for several occasions.


Pink hydrangeas symbolize heartfelt emotion. Blue hydrangeas symbolize frigidity and apology. White hydrangeas symbolize boasting or bragging. Purple hydrangeas symbolize a desire to deeply understand someone.


14. Lavender

From their wonderful scent to their calming purple hue, a bouquet of lavender sends across a message of devotion.


15. Lilac

The meaning of these Lilacs depends on its hue. Purple Lilacs represent the emotions of first love while magenta Lilacs symbolize mature love and passion. White Lilac symbolizes humility and innocence and field Lilac symbolizes charity.


16. Lily

Lilies are the ultimate picture of purity and refined beauty. White symbolizes modesty and virginity, orange portrays passion, yellow symbolizes gaiety while Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart.


17. Magnolia

Magnolias bring forth the message of always being stable in life and to go through every day with your head held high. They are also labelled queen of spring flowers due to its extremely rich and gorgeous flowers.


18. Orchid

A true representation of exotic beauty. It symbolizes fertility, charm, love, beauty and refinement. Orchid flowers represent a desire to reach great heights in life and the desire to accomplish ultimate intimacy with someone.


19. Peony


To the olden Victorians, these sweet blooms represented anger. Today, peonies are widely known to be linked to romance, marriage, compassion and even bashfulness.

Peonies in bouquets are perfect for wishing someone a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity. To note, they can also be used to express indignation or shame.


20. Poppy

The Poppy flower is a universal symbol of recovery, relaxation and sleep.


For war veterans, the poppy is used to honour their brothers they lost to the battlefield. This tradition came about when Poppies bloomed in the Flanders Field during the Napoleonic war. It is believed that the blood of the soldiers had caused the red poppies to bloom - a sign that the war has finally come to an end.


21. Rose

The first flower many of us think of when we think of floral bouquets.


Red Roses are for love and romance. Pink Roses mean gratitude, grace, admiration and joy. Orange Roses symbolize enthusiasm and passion. Yellow Roses represent friendship and white roses are the image of innocence and purity.


22. Sunflower

These bright pick-me-ups contain the meaning of pure thoughts. It symbolizes adoration and dedication and is symbolic of dedicated love. Standing proud and tall, it also portrays haughtiness.

Did you know, legend says that when Spanish explorers reached America, they thought sunflowers were made of real gold!


23. Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas are one of life's greatest pleasures, so it's only right that they represent pleasure and bliss. It is also a flower symbolic of departure after having a good time. These sweet things make for a beautiful and abundant farewell bouquet.


24. Tulip

Tulips are widely gifted as a classic declaration of love.


Yellow portrays unrequited love. They are sent to show someone you love them, but you know they won’t return your feelings. Much like other red flowers, red Tulips is the colour of undying passionate love. Purple is tied to royalty but also signifies abundance and prosperity. Pink is also for affection and love, but much less intense than red and more appropriate for friends and family.


25. Violet

Violets have heart-shaped leaves with a lovely scent to boot. They are the perfect picture of modesty, humility, loyalty and faithfulness - there is absolutely no reason to not like them at all.

Did you know that we sense the personalities of different flowers and intuitively choose one over another to fit our mood or the occasion? For example, we choose bright yellow daisies for happy occasions and velvety roses to celebrate our significant others.


While many flowers hold positive messages, there are also plenty that symbolizes negativity, anger or loss. So next time you go flower hunting, be extra careful and do prior research before just picking any pretty bouquet as a gift!

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