Floriography – The Language of Flowers


Did you know the act of gifting flowers originally was a means of cryptological communication? Plants and flowers have been used as symbols for thousands of years. Floriography, the language of flowers, was originally utilized to send recipient’s coded messages to express feelings. This started with Victorians exchanging “talking bouquets” called nosegays in the early 1700s. With hundreds of floral dictionaries in existence, the significant meanings behind specific flowers has varied greatly over time. Floral definitions typically derive from the behavior or appearance of the plant itself. A common example is a deep red rose which signifies the intensity of romantic love. Check out a few other interesting flower meanings below and create your own talking bouquet:

Flower Dictionary

Amaryllis- splendid beauty

Anthurium- hospitality

Aster- patience

Bird of Paradise- joyfulness

Carnation- admiration

Chrysanthemum- optimism

Daffodil- rebirth

Daisy- innocence

Gardenia- purity

Hydrangea- gratitude

Iris- wisdom

Lily- modesty

Peony- bashfulness

Poppy- success

Snapdragon- strength

Sunflower- dedication

Sweet Pea- bliss

Tulip- declaration of love


Definitions provided by “The Meaning of Flowers” written by Gretchen Scoble



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