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List of Flowers and Their Meanings

Flowers come in all sizes and colors, so selecting which flower to give can be a challenge for most people. If this sounds familiar, you might want to turn to your local professional florist for help, but before you do you should know the basic meanings behind common flowers. With this list of flowers and their meanings, you'll be able to select a the best flowers for any occasion.
What You Want to Say

“I Love You.”

Red roses are without a doubt the traditional way of using flowers to say the “L” word. A dozen long stemmed roses will get the message across loud and clear. However, they are not the only act in town. You can stand out from the rose toting crowd by giving the subject of your affections red carnations instead: They’ll live longer, come in a wider range of hues, and will be kinder on your wallet. Red tulips and red hued lilies, such as stargazers, are other alternatives to red roses.

“I Really Like You.”

If you are looking to give a romantic interest flowers, stop and ask yourself this question: have you ever given them flowers before? If the answer is no, then chances are you want to start off with flora of the lighter varieties. Red may mean love, but that’s a pretty strong statement to send with the first flowers you ever give her. Pink flowers convey the emotion of “like,” and indicate a growing level of affection. Before you start sending her red roses, you should consider sending some pink roses. Other effective choices include pink and white tulips, or some purple irises. You could also think a bit outside the box and give her some bright sunflowers.

“You’re a Good Friend.”

If you are looking to do something nice for a girl who is just a friend, picking out the right flowers will brighten up her day without sending the wrong signals. As a rule of thumb, yellow means friendship: Nothing more, nothing less. This means that you can give her anything from yellow tulips to yellow roses without worrying about her reading anything more than thoughtfulness into your friendly gesture.


When it comes to saying “Congratulations” for anything from graduation to finally landing her dream job, bright colors are the order of the day. You won’t go wrong mixing white daises, yellow carnations, purple asters, and a few light pink roses into a festive bouquet that will make her smile. You could also send over a white or light colored orchid bloom by itself. Because you are simply saying “congratulations,” you have a pretty wide latitude for creatively picking from anything in the store.

“My Condolences.”

Not every arrangement will mark a happy occasion. When you are sending flowers to those who survive the recently deceased, white flowers will show your condolences. White roses, white chrysanthemums, and white alstroemerias are common in sympathy bouquets. White lilies, representing eternal life, are also fitting choices to console the bereaved.
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