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The language of flowers

A white can rose symbolize dignity and sincerity
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)
Rosa 'Dr Brownell'

When buying flowers for someone, we choose according to our personal preferences and tastes and, of course, what the florist has in stock. But did you know that every flower has a meaning? Here are some examples of meanings for the most popular flowers.


Love, constancy. The darker the colour, the deeper the passion.


Our love will survive the worst storms. You have destroyed our love. Optimism. Cheerfulness. Long life and happiness.


I love you ardently. Innocence. Do you love me? I share your feelings. Gentleness and discretion.


I’m jealous of the favours you grant others.


Elegance. I appreciate your kindness.


Your coldness pierces my heart. Fighting spirit. Meeting. Friendship.


Joyful heart, sadness, regret. No, all hope is not lost. Be kind, don’t make me suffer needlessly.


Am I wasting my time asking for your forgiveness? I like to obey. I will soon be giving you some good news. Eloquence, faith, promise.


All your hours will be dream-filled hours. Love is beautiful.


This flowers reveals the purity of my love. Virginity.


Flirtatiousness, purity. You make my life complete. May your happiness last forever. Let’s forget the past and make up. Humility. Young love.


Indifference. Why be so jealous? I am not open to passion. Conquest, victory.


Fervour. You are very pretty. You are the most precious person to me in the world. My wealth is yours. Long life. Good luck. Beauty and refinement.


Affectionate thoughts. Protect me. I will never forget this admission. I think of you often. Think of me as much as I think of you.




Dark red: Love, admiration. I love you and will love you forever.

White: You are very beautiful. Secrecy and silence. Dignity and sincerity.

Yellow: I am not thinking of love. Jealousy.

Pink: I love you tenderly.

Full bloom: Commitment. Rosebud: Shyness


Together, we'll be able to conquer the world. Declaration of love. Boldness. Triumph. Hopeless love.

Based on an article by Sylvie Perron in Quatre-Temps magazine, Vol.16 No.4: pp. 45-46.

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