The Meanings of Flowers
Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love and friendship in many countries around the world. One of the most popular ways to express your feelings for someone is by giving a gift -- usually one made out of candy, chocolate or flowers.
Why flowers, you may ask? Well, that’s a good question! It turns out that certain types of flowers are tied to certain meanings. It began with the ancient Japanese practice of Hanakotoba, which means the “Language of Flowers”. Flowers were given certain code words so that people could secretly communicate how they felt about each other through their gifts. The practice was brought to Europe in the 1600’s when the idea of romantic love was really taking off, and it continues today!
Here’s a guide to the more popular Valentine’s Day flowers you can give your loved ones this year. (Or a guide to decoding the ones you get from a mysterious admirer.) And while you’re thinking about it, pick up some pink carnations for your mom on February 14th!
Red roses: True love
White loves: Young love and devotion
Yellow roses: Friendship and caring
Pink roses: Appreciation and happiness
Orange roses: Passion and excitement
Purple roses: Love at first sight
White tulips: Forgiveness
Red tulips: Perfect love
Yellow tulips: Cheerful friendship
Light red carnations: Admiration
Dark red carnations: Deep love
White carnations: Pure, true love
Pink carnations: Motherly love
Red Camellias: in love
Yellow Camellias: longing
White Camellias: waiting
Daisies or Lavender: Faithful
Forget-Me-Nots: True love
Gardenias: Secret love
Orange Lilies: Revenge