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Valentine Flower Meanings

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Roses may be most popular, but there are plenty of flowers to choose from to make your own unique Valentine's Day statement!

Most flowers have a specific meaning, and when you group various symbolic flowers in a Valentine's Day bouquet, you can send a very specific message. Instead of the traditional dozen red roses, send an unorthodox floral Valentine made up of blooms less often associated with the holiday.


Most flowers have a specific meaning, and when you group various symbolic flowers in a Valentine's Day bouquet, you can send a very specific message. Instead of the traditional dozen red roses, send an unorthodox floral Valentine made up of blooms less often associated with the holiday.

We all know that red roses are a symbol of love for Valentine's Day. Other rose colors have meanings also, and a bouquet featuring a few rose color varieties can take on a different meaning than a bouquet of a single color.

Here are some flowers that symbolize romantic sentiments, although they haven't achieved the rose's Valentine's Day popularity:

  • Blue Hyacinths: Sincerity

  • Pink Hyacinths: Playfulness.

  • Lilac: Innocence

  • Freesias: Trust

  • Globe Amaranth: Unfading love

  • Gloxinias; love at first sight

  • Daffodils: Chivalry (when given in multiple)

  • Poppies: Pleasure and imagination.

  • Pansies: Loving thoughts

  • Irises: Compliments

  • Hibiscus: Beauty

  • Geranium: Comfort

  • Gardenia: Joy

  • Lily of the Valley: Completion


However, every flower meaning isn't cheery and bright. Here are some flowers to avoid on Valentine's Day:

  • Marigolds: Greed and selfishness

  • Daffodil: Misfortune (when only one is given)

  • Snapdragons: Deception

  • Sweetpeas: Goodbye

  • Striped Carnation: Rejection

  • Lavender: Distrust

  • Petunias: Anger


Creating a personalized Valentine bouquet is an exciting task, as the right floral arrangement can silently speak volumes about your relationship. An arrangement to celebrate new love could include lilacs, gloxinas, poppies and gardenias. Celebrate a lifelong romance with lilies, blue hyacinths and globe amaranths. Think about your Valentine and what you want to say with flowers!


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