Tara Florist Twelve Oaks

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Flower Symbolization - Symbolize

What does this flower symbolize or mean?

If a florist had a dime for every time this question was asked there would only be rich retired florists!

But to be very frank, there is no one definitive list of what a flower means.  You can find as many definitions as there are flowers. To quote one customer:  “I do not care what it means, I love that flower!”

The list adapted below is based on one of the more widely accepted definitions distributed by American Floral Services, Inc. of Oklahoma City, OK.

ACACIA BLOSSOM -Concealed Love; Beauty in Retirement; Chaste Love

ACORN -Nordic Symbol of Life and Immortality

AMBROSIA -Your Love is reciprocated

AMARYLLIS -Pride; Pastoral Poetry

ANEMONE -Forsaken

ARBUTUS -Thee Only Do I Love

ASTER- Symbol of Love; Daintiness

AZALEA -Take Care of Yourself for Me; Temperance; Fragile Passion; Chinese Symbol of Womanhood

BACHELOR BUTTON -Single Blessedness




BLUEBELL -Humility


CACTUS -Endurance

CAMELLIA -Admiration; Perfection; Good Luck, Gift to a Man

CAMELLIA, Pink -Longing for you

CAMELLIA, Red -You're a Flame in My Heart

CAMELLIA, White -You're Adorable

Candytuft -Indifference

CARNATION, General -Fascination; Divine Love

CARNATION, Pink -I'll never forget you

CARNATION, Purple -Capriciousness

CARNATION, Red -My Heart Aches for You; Admiration

CARNATION, Solid Color -Yes

CARNATION, Striped -No; Refusal; Sony I can’t be with you; Wish I Could Be with You

CARNATION, White -Sweet and Lovely; Innocence; Pure Love; Woman s Good Luck Gift

CARNATION, Yellow -You Have Disappointed Me; Rejection

CATTAIL -Peace; Prosperity

CHRYSANTHEMUM, General- You're A Wonderful Friend; Cheerfulness and Rest



CHRYSANTHEMUM, Yellow -Slighted Love

COREOPSIS -Always Cheerful

CROCUS -Cheerfulness

CYCLAMEN -Resignation and Good-bye

DAFFODIL -Regard; Unrequited Love; you're the Only One; the Sun is Always Shining When I'm With You

DAISY -Innocence; Loyal Love; I'll Never Tell; Purity

DANDELION -Faithfulness; Happiness


FERN -Magic; Fascination; Confidence and Shelter

FERN, Maidenhair -Secret Bond of Love

FLAX -Domestic Symbol

FORGET-ME-NOT -True Love; Memories

FORSYTHIA -Anticipation

GARDENIA -You're Lovely; Secret Love

GARLIC -Courage; Strength

GERANIUM -Stupidity; Folly

GLADIOLUS - Give Me a Break.  I’m Really Sincere; Flower of the Gladiators

GLOXINIA -Love at First Sight

GRASS -Submission

HEATHER, Lavender -Admiration; Solitude

HEATHER, White -Protection; Wishes Will Come True

HOLLY -Defense; Domestic Happiness

HYACINTH, General- Games and Sports; Rashness; Flower Dedicated to Apollo

HYACINTH, Blue -Constancy

HYACINTH, Purple -I am Sorry; Please Forgive Me; Sorrow

HYACINTH, Red or Pink -Play

HYACINTH, White -Loveliness; I'll Pray for You

HYACINTH, Yellow -Jealousy

HYDRANGEA -Thank You for Understanding; Frigidity; Heartlessness

IRIS -Fleur-de-Lis, Emblem of France; Your Friendship Means So Much to Me; Faith; Hope; Wisdom and Valor; My Compliments

IVY -Wedded Love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection IVY

SPRIG OF WHITE TENDRILS -Anxious to Please; Affection

JONQUIL -Love me; Affection Returned; Desire; Sympathy; Desire for Affection Returned

LARKSPUR, Pink -Fickleness

LILY, Calla -Beauty

LILY, Day -Coquetry; Chinese Emblem for Mothers

LILY, Eucharis -Maiden Charms

LILY, Orange -Hatred

LILY, Tiger -Wealth; Pride

LILY, White -Virginity; Purity; Majesty; its Heavenly to Be with You

LILY, Yellow -I'm walking on Air; False and Gay

LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY -Sweetness; Tears of the Virgin Mary; Return to Happiness; Humility; You've Made My Life Complete

MAGNOLIA -Nobility

MARIGOLD- Cruelty; Grief Jealousy

MISTLETOE -Kiss me; Affection; To Surmount Difficulties; Sacred Plant of India; Magic Plant of the Druids

MONKSHOOD -Beware; A Deadly Foe is near

MOSS -Maternal Love; Charity

MYRTLE -Love; Hebrew Emblem of Marriage

NARCISSUS -Egotism; Formality; Stay Sweet As You Are

NASTURTIUM -Conquest; Victory in Battle

NUTS -Stupidity


ORANGE BLOSSOM -Innocence; Eternal Love; Marriage and Fruitfulness


ORCHID -Love; Beauty; Refinement; Beautiful Lady; Chinese Symbol for Many Children

ORCHID, Cattleya -Mature Charm

PALM LEAVES -Victory and Success

PEONY -Shame; Gay Life; Happy Marriage

PETUNIA -Resentment; Anger; Your Presence Soothes me

PINE -Hope; Pity

POPPY, General -Eternal Sleep; Oblivion; Imagination

POPPY Y, Red -Pleasure

POPPY, White -Consolation

POPPY, Yellow -Wealth; Success

PRIMROSE -I can’t Live Without You PRIMROSE, Evening - Inconstancy


ROSE, Bridal- Happy Love

ROSE, Christmas -Tranquilize My Anxiety; Anxiety

ROSE, Coral -Desire

ROSE, Damask -Persian Ambassador of Love

ROSE, Dark Crimson –Mourning

ROSE, Dark Pink –Thankfulness

ROSE, Lavender –Enchantment

ROSE LEAF -You May Hope

ROSE, Orange -Fascination

ROSE, Pale Peach -Modesty

ROSE, Pale Pink -Grace, Joy

ROSE, Red -Love. Respect

ROSE, Single Full Bloom -I Love you; I Still Love ~

ROSE, Tea -I'll Remember; Always

ROSE, Thorn less -Love at First Sight

ROSE, White -Innocence and Secrecy

ROSE, White and Red Together -Unity - Flower Emblem of England

ROSE, Yellow -Joy, Friendship

ROSEBUD -Beauty and Youth; A Heart Innocent of Love

ROSEBUD, Moss -Confessions of Love

ROSEBUD, Red -Pure and Lovely ROSEBUD, White -Girlhood

ROSES, Bouquet of Full Bloom -Gratitude

ROSES, Garland or Crown of- Reward of Merit; Crown. Symbol of Superior Merit

SMILAX -Loveliness

SNAPDRAGON -Deception; Gracious Lady

STEPHANOTIS -Happiness in Marriage;

STOCK -Bonds of Affection; Promptness; You'll ~Beautiful to Me

SWEET PEA -Good-bye; Departure; Blissful Pie Thank You for a Lovely 7ime

TULIP, General -Perfect Lover; Fame; Flower Emblem of Holland

TULIP, Red -Believe me; Declaration of Love TULIP, Variegated -Beautiful Eyes

TULIP, Yellow -There's Sunshine in Your Smile

VIOLET -Modesty

VIOLET, Blue -Watchfulness; Faithfulness; I'll Always Be True

VIOLET, White -Let's take a Chance on Happiness

VISCARIA -Will you Dance with Me?

ZINNIA, Magenta -Lasting Affection

ZINNIA, Mixed -Thinking (or in Memory) of an Absent Friend

ZINNIA, Scarlet -Constancy ZINNIA, White -Goodness

ZINNIA, Yellow -Daily Remembrance

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