15 Most Romantic Flowers And What They Actually Mean

Send your loved ones a message through a pretty bouquet.
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Make the month of February ~extra special~ and express your love not just through sweet treats but with some fresh flowers! Just like how Kate Middleton had a well-thought-out wedding bouquet, you can also take your romantic gesture to a new level. Below, we list 15 popular flowers and reveal their symbolic meanings.

  1. Amaryllis

    Meaning: It's a symbol of splendid beauty.

  2. Aster

    Meaning: It represents patience, elegance, and daintiness.

  3. Calla Lily

    Meaning: It represents magnificence and beauty combined with purity and innocence, which is associated with its white color.

  4. Carnation

    Meaning: A red carnation means love, pride, and admiration; pink symbolizes the love of a woman or of a mother; while a white carnation symbolizes innocence and pure love. However, be careful in sending a yellow carnation as it means disdain, rejection, or disappointment, while its striped variety conveys refusal.

  5. Chrysanthemum

    Meaning: It means fidelity, optimism, joy, and long life. A red chrysanthemum symbolizes love while a white chrysanthemum means truth and loyal love.

  6. Daffodil

    Meaning: It is used to convey rebirth, new beginnings, and eternal life. Send this flower as a bouquet to convey joy and happiness, because a single daffodil symbolizes 'misfortune'.

  7. Gardenia

    Meaning: It's meant to tell the receiver how lovely she is and that she is someone who is pure and a source of joy and sweetness. This flower also symbolizes secret love.

  8. Hydrangea

    Meaning: Send a hydrangea to convey heartfelt emotions like gratitude for being understood.

  9. Lily

    Meaning: It symbolizes purity and refined beauty. White lilies mean modesty, orange lilies mean passion, while Lily of the Valley signifies sweetness and purity of heart.

  10. Orchid

    Meaning: It means elegance, royalty, exotic beauty, thoughtfulness, and charm. It also symbolizes femininity.

  11. Peony

    Meaning: Send peonies to wish someone prosperity, good health, and a happy marriage.

  12. Queen Anne's Lace

    Meaning: It symbolizes a haven or sanctuary. It also signifies complexity and delicateness.

  13. Rose

    Meaning: Roses generally symbolize love but its true meaning can vary depending on its colors.


    Blue: It embodies the desire for the unattainable since blue roses aren't naturally grown and need to be genetically manufactured. They say "I can't have you but I can't stop thinking about you."

    Green: It means harmony, opulence, peace, and tranquility. You can also send this to wish someone a prosperous new life or recovery and good health.

    Lavender: It conveys enchantment, love at first sight, fascination, and adoration.

    Orange: While a yellow rose reminds us of the sun, an orange rose reminds us of a fiery blaze. These fiery blooms signify passion and energy. Orange roses can be used to express intense desire, pride, and fervor. They also convey a sense of fascination. These flowers rival only the red roses as messengers of passion in romance.

    Pink: It conveys admiration, joy, and gratitude.

    Red: It conveys deep emotions like love, respect, admiration or devotion. Send your loved one 12 red roses to say "Be mine" and "I love you."

    White: It means purity, chastity, and innocence. It's also associated with new beginnings, sympathy, and humility.

    Yellow: It is used to express feelings of joy, warmth, and welcome. It symbolizes friendship and platonic emotions.

    Mixed bouquet: A mixed bouquet of different colored roses means you have mixed emotions as well.

  14. Sunflower

    Meaning: Sunflowers symbolize pure thoughts, adoration, and dedication.

  15. Tulip

    Meaning: Tulips signify a declaration of perfect love.

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