14 February 2013

The Language of Flowers for Valentine's Day

 
 
Ageratum, hardy




Delay
Alyssum, sweet
Worth beyond beauty
Amaranth, globe
Immortality; unfading love
American Elm
Patriotism
Anemone, garden
Faith; anticipation
Angelica
Inspiration
Apple Blossom
Preference
Arborvitae
Unchanging friendship
Artemisia, silver king
Power; dignity
Aster
Beauty in retirement
Astilbe
“I’ll still be waiting”
Azalea
First love
Baby’s Breath
Pure heart
Bachelor’s Button
Felicity
Balm, lemon
Healing; rejuvenation
Bamboo
Loyalty; uprightness
Basil
Best wishes
Bay, tree
Glory
Bay, wreath
Reward of merit
Beebalm/Monarda
Compassion; sweet virtues
Bellflower/Campanula
Gratitude
Bells-of-Ireland
Whimsy
Bittersweet
Truth
Black-Eyed Susan
Justice
Bluebell
Constancy
Blueberry
Prayer; protection
Borage
Courage
Bugle/Ajuga
Cheers the heart; most lovable
Burnet, salad
Joy; a merry heart
Buttercup
Cheerfulness
Butterfly Bush/Buddlea
“Let me go”
Caladium
Great joy and delight
Calendula/Pot Marigold
Health; joy
Calla Lily
Panache
Carnation
Admiration; woman’s love
Cedar
Strength
Chamomile
Comfort; patience
Cherry, flowering
Nobility; chivalry
Chickweed
Rendezvous
Chrysanthemum
Cheerfulness; joy
Cinnamon
Love; beauty
Clematis
Ingenuity; mental beauty
Cloves
Dignity
Clover
Good luck
Cockscomb/Celosia
Silliness, humor
Columbine
Folly
Comfrey
Home sweet home
Coneflower
Skill; capability
Coral Bells
Challenge; scholarship
Coreopsis
Always cheerful
Coriander
Hidden worth
Corn
Riches
Cosmos
Modesty
Cranberry
Cure for heartache
Crocus
Youthful gladness
Daffodil
Regard; respect
Dahlia
Gratitude; respect
Daisy
Innocence; simplicity
Dandelion
Wishes come true
Daylily
Coquette; flirt; beauty
Delphinium
Well-being; sweetness
Dill
Irresistible; soothing
Dogwood
Faithfulness
Dusty Miller
Delicacy; venerable
Elderberry
Kindness; compassion; zeal
Elm
Dignity
Everlasting Pea
Lasting pleasure
Fennel
Force; strength; worthy of all praise
Fern
Fascination
Feverfew
Good health
Fig
Peace and prosperity
Fleur-de-Lis/Iris
Message; promise
Forget-Me-Not
True love; hope; remembrance
Forsythia
Good nature
Gardenia
“I love you in secret”
Garlic
Protection; good luck
Gayfeather/Liatris
Gaiety
Geranium
Comfort
Gladiolus
Generosity
Goldenrod
Encouragement
Grape
Domestic happiness
Heartsease/
Johnny-Jump-Up
Happy thoughts
Hibiscus
Delicate beauty
Holly
Foresight
Holly Berries
Christmas joy
Hollyhock
Fruitfulness
Honeysuckle
Bonds of love
Hosta
Devotion
Hyacinth, grape
Usefulness
Hydrangea
Devotion
Hyssop
Cleanliness
Ivy
Fidelity; wedded love
Jonquil
“I desire a return of affection”
Juniper
Protection; welcome to new home
Lamb’s Ear
Softness; gentleness
Larkspur
Levity
Laurel
Success; glory
Lavender
Devotion; happiness
Lemon
Zest; zeal
Lilac
Youth; modesty; acceptance
Lily
Purity
Locust Tree
Elegance
Lovage
Strength
Lupine
Imagination
Magnolia
Love of nature
Mallow
Mildness
Maple
Elegance; keys; beauty
Maple, Japanese
Baby’s hands
Marjoram, sweet
Blushes; mirth; courtesy
Mimosa
Sensitivity
Mint
Warmth of feeling
Mint, lemon
Virtue; homeyness
Morning Glory
The evanescent loveliness of life
Moss
Maternal love
Mugwort
Travel; comfort
Mulberry Tree, white
Wisdom
Mustard Seed
Faith
Myrtle
Love; marriage; home; peace
Myrtle, crepe
Eloquence
Nasturtium
Patriotism
Nigella/Love-in-a-Mist
Independence
Oak, leaves
Bravery; prosperity
Oak, tree
Hospitality
Obedient Plant
Obedience
Palm
Victory
Pansy
Loving thoughts
Parsley
Festivity
Pea, everlasting
Lasting pleasure
Pea, sweet
Tender memory
Peach
Longevity; health
Pear
Affection; health; hope
Peony
Welcome; hands full of cash
Peppermint
Warmth; cordiality
Phlox
“Our souls are united”
Pine
Loyalty; endurance
Pinecone
Fertility; life
Pinks/Dianthus
Sweetness; fascination
Plane Tree/Sycamore
Genius; curiosity
Plum
Peppy; enthusiasm
Plum Tree
Courage; hardiness
Pussy Willow
Friendship; recovery from illness
Queen Anne’s Lace
Haven; protection; “I will return”
Raspberry
Fulfillment; gentleheartedness
Reed
Music
Rocket
Queen of coquettes
Rose
Love; grace; joy
Rosemary
Remembrance
Sage
Wisdom; skill; esteem
Sage, pineapple
Hospitality
Salvia, blue
“I think of you”
Southernwood
Jest
Spearmint
Warmth of sentiment
Speedwell/Veronica
Female fidelity
Spirea
Victory
Statice
Dauntlessness
Strawberry
Perfect goodness; “You are delicious”
Strawflower
Never ceasing
Sweet William
Memory; childhood
Tendrils of Climbing
Plants
Ties
Thyme
Activity; bravery; strength
Tulip
Fame; charity; happy years
Verbena
Faithfulness
Verbena, lemon
Attractive to the opposite sex
Violet
Modesty; “I return your love”
Virginia Creeper
“I cling to you both in sunshine and
in shade”
Walnut
Intellect; strength of mind
Weigela
Accept a faithful heart
Wheat
Friendliness; prosperity
Willow
Freedom; serenity; friendship
Wisteria
Welcome fair stranger
Wormwood
Protection for travelers
Yarrow
Health; dispels melancholy
Zinnia
Thoughts of absent friends
SOURCES:
Hemphill, Rosemary. A Gift Book of Herbs and Herbal Flowers. Storey Communications, Inc.
Koch, Maryjo. Herbs: Delectables for All Seasons. Swans Island Books, 1997.
Kowalchik, Claire, and Hylton, William H., ed. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Rodale Press, 1987.
Pickston, Margaret. The Language of Flowers. Beric Press Ltd., 1968.
Seguin-Fontes, Marthe. The Language of Flowers. Sterling Publishing, 2001.
Compiled by: JoAnn White, Tulsa Herb Society, 2008.

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