The Flower Name Game

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the name of things do not matter, only what things “are.” There are a few names of flowers that “are” romantic, such as Love-in-a-Mist, Bleeding Heart, Forget-Me-Nots, Love Lies Bleeding, Cupid’s Dart and Heartleaf Bergenia.

Not just the name of the flower or plant conjures up feelings, but the significance of color comes into play. For instance, many flowers have meanings, the language of flowers to express emotions and feelings of hope, love, affection, indifference and even jealousy. Rose meanings vary according to the many colors and forms they possess. As a whole, the rose is symbolic of deep love, passion, concentration, balance and intelligence, though sometimes seen as a message of healing and courage. Roses are always appropriate when you are serious about your intentions. The red rose would signify passion or love, while a white rose would imply purity or innocence. Yellow roses represent joy and freedom. Lavender roses tell a story of enchantment. Pink shades express feelings of grace and thankfulness.

Many common flowers from your florist  can relay your message when you can’t form the words. Spring blossoms of daffodils have meanings of faith, honesty, truth and forgiveness. Lilies are flowers of spirituality, fertility and nurturing, an appropriate gift of lilies are to new brides and new mothers. The massive heads of the sunflower make it the flower of spiritual attainment and opportunity. Sunflowers are also symbolic of good luck, ambition and wealth. As for my favorite, the tulip, it returns every year so its meaning is symbolic of resurrection and determination. Peonies’ fragrant blossoms run the gambit from shame to happy marriage, as the oleander represents caution. The old-fashioned carnation in general amplifies divine love and fascination. Even, the green plant ivy shares its feelings of wedded love, friendship, fidelity and affection.

Our friend, the flower, has healing powers and its intentions are shared in its symbolism and meanings. So don’t be a “wallflower,” have fun and ask your florist to help you find the perfect floral sentiments for your significant other, mom, daughter, sister or friend.

What are your favorite flowers to give for Valentine’s Day?

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