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Flower Symbolism

Flowers have inspired and fascinated mankind as long as history has existed. The remains of flowers have been found in ancient caves as part of burial rituals. Flowers accompany us is every major event in life. Knowing the meaning of flowers will help you to find the perfect flower for every occasion. Learn about flower color meaning, the mythology of individual flowers, flowers in design and the Victorian language of flowers.

Sacred Flowers

Fascinating sacred flower meanings in mythology, history and religion! Comprehensive list of flower meanings with photographs. Learn more about Sacred Flowers.

Symbolic Flowers 

Flower symbolism crosses all cultural and historic boundaries. Includes fascinating facts about flower symbolism in art and history. Learn more about symbolic flowers.

Flower Color Meanings

Flower color meaning gives flowers a whole new level of symbolic significance. Includes color meanings for the world’s most beloved flowers. Learn more about flower color meanings.

The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers will help you to find the perfect flower for any occasion! Discover this fascinating system of flower symbolism developed in Victorian times. Learn more.

Flower Symbols List

The following flower symbol links provide a deeper dive into the meaning and history of specific popular flowers. Explore the beauty and rich history of flower symbols!

Healing Power of Flower Art

Scientific studies are proving that flower art can speed recovery, reduce stress and comfort the viewer. Learn how to use flower art to benefit a variety of environments.

Specific Flowers

Bluebell Meaning

Bluebell meaning includes humility and gratitude. Bluebells are closely linked to the realm of fairies. Ancient forests are linked to bluebells. More bluebell meanings.

Calla Lily Meaning

Calla lily meaning crosses many cultures. Calla lilies were used by the Romans for winter solstice. Learn more about calla lily meanings.

Camellia Meaning

Camellia meaning is significant in many parts of China. Camellia petals and calyx each have their own meaning.  Learn more about camellia symbol meanings.

Daffodil Meaning

Daffodils are the heralds of spring! They have both positive and negative meanings. Learn about ancient myths and daffodils. More about daffodil symbol meanings.

Daisy Meaning

Daisy meaning reaches all the way back to ancient Egypt, Crete and the Middle Ages. Daises have medicinal powers and commercial uses. Learn more about daisy flower symbolism.

Daylily Flower Meaning

Lily flower meaning in China is diverse. The lily is an omen for expectant mothers and represents devotion to one’s mother, especially a son to a mother. Learn more about lily symbolism.

Foxglove Meaning

Foxglove meaning is both positive and negative. They are said to sometimes hurt and sometimes heal. Foxglove are medicinal and harmful. More about foxglove flower meanings.

Iris Meaning

Irises are the emblem of France. Their meaning is closely related to the fleur-de-lis. This is one of the most well-known political symbols. Learn more about iris symbol meanings.

Lupine Meaning

The name lupinus means “of wolves” due to the mistaken idea that lupines rob the soil of nutrients. The flower also has positive meanings. Learn about lupine symbol meanings.

Marigold Meaning

Marigold meaning may range from their use as a love charm to protection from the plague. The name comes from “Mary’s Gold. Learn more about this fascinating flower and marigold symbols.

Morning Glory Meaning

The star-shaped morning glory is symbolic of a day in which two mythological lovers are allowed to meet. Learn this story from the East and more about morning glory meaning.

Orchid Meaning

Orchid meaning varies widely. Traditional meanings and the exotic flowers make this a perfect flower for shows and breeders. Learn more about the unique and popular orchid flower.

Poinsettia Meaning

Poinsettia meaning to the ancient Aztecs was purity. Today, poinsettia are the most easily recognized flower symbolic of Christmas. Learn more about poinsettia symbol meanings.

Poppy Meaning

The poppy is a powerful, magical flower associated both with eternal life and death. Poppies have an ancient history. Learn more about poppy symbolic meaning

Rose Meaning

The meaning of a rose depends greatly on the color. There are meanings for many different colors of roses. The rose is a favorite around the world. Learn more about rose meanings.

Sunflower Meaning

Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun, which is the origin of their name. The large center hub is also similar to a sun. Featured in poetry and song, learn more about sunflower symbol meanings.

Sweet Pea Meaning

Sweet pea flower meaning includes blissful pleasure, good-bye, departure, adieu and thank you for a lovely time. Sweet peas are admired around the world. Learn about sweet pea meanings.

Tulip Meaning

Tulips have been the focus of wild trading and high prices. The symbolic meanings and value change with the color of the tulips. Learn more about the history of  tulip symbol meanings.

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About the Author

Kathleen Karlsen Sacred Mantras & Symbolic Art

The information in these flower symbolism articles have largely been excerpted from the book Flower Symbols: The Language of Love by Kathleen Karlsen. This book includes ancient and modern flower meanings and folklore about the world’s most beloved flowers. Buy one for a flower lover in your life. Learn to “say it with flowers” for any occasion! 

More About Flower Symbols Book

Flower Art & Gifts

Brighten up any space with gifts and decor featuring beautiful flowers! Find posters, canvas prints, coffee mugs and more. All products made in the United States. Selected products below. See all Flower Art & Gifts.