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The True Meaning Behind Flowers

The True Meaning Behind Flowers

Do you know the true meaning behind the flowers you have just bought for your loved one? Do they represent happiness or health? Or have you accidentally purchased a bouquet of flowers with a negative meaning behind them?!

Well fear not! Here at Flowerheads we have compiled a list of the most popular flowers and the true meaning behind them. 

Most of us are aware that Roses symbolise love, but have you ever thought about what a Lily or a Tulip symbolises? Don’t get caught again and make sure the next bouquet of flowers your buy conveys that unspoken message perfectly.  

So if you need to find out which flower is perfect for a particular occasion or which will best express the emotion you feel, we have the perfect guide for you.

Flowers Meaning Love


Red Rose

Red Rose

Origin - According to fossil evidence, roses are around 35 million years old. 

What the Red Rose Represents - Love and Passion. 

Red Rose Fact - In Roman mythology, Venus, Goddess of Love, was rushing to warn her lover Adonis about a murder plot against him. As she ran to tell him, she passed through a thorn bush, cutting her ankles on the sharp thorns. Wherever her blood touched the bush, brilliant red roses began to bloom!

Red Dahlia

Red Dahlia

Origin - The red Dahlia is said to have originated in the America’s in the 16th Century. 

What the red Dahlia Represents - Commitment, Love, Power & Strength

Red Dahlia Fact - The dahlia is named after the Swedish 18th-century botanist, Anders Dahl.

Red Tulip

Red Tuilip

Origin - The tulip has been in cultivation since the 13th Century. It became popular around the 1600s when the Turks introduced the flower to the Dutch. 

What the Red Tulip Represents - Perfection. Undying, Passionate Love.

Red Tulip Fact - During World War II, the Dutch used tulips as emergency rations to keep the country from starving. The starchy bulbs provides a considerable amount of calories!


Pink Carnation

Origin - The Carnation is one of the oldest cultivated flowers in history. 

What the Carnation Represents - Deep & Pure Love. Admiration. 

Carnation Facts  - The scientific name of the Carnation, Dianthus is a combination of two latin words. The first of which is “Dios” which means Gods and “Anthos” which means Flowers. Therefore, Carnations are referred to as the Flowers of the Gods. 



Origin - The Chinese began cultivating Camellias in 2737BC. They research Europe around the 17th Century and have grown in popularity since then. 

What the Camellia Represents - Passionate Love & Desire. Faithfulness. 

Camellia Fact - These beautiful flowers were named after Father Georg Joseph Kamel.  

Flowers Meaning Happiness



Anthurium Flowers

Origin - This popular flower finds its origin in the tropical rainforests of Colombia. The plant itself grows as an Epiphyte: which means it grows in and on trees, extracting the necessary nutrients from the tree directly.  

What the Anthurium Represents - Happiness, Abundance, Hospitality. 

Anthurium Fact - Due to their unique appearance, the Anthurium species has acquired a number of nicknames over the years. Nicknames such as Painted Tongue, tail flowers, flamingos flowers and the rather crude cock’s comb. 



Origin - The Daffodil is a native to the Mediterranean regions with both the Romans and the Greeks growing flowers. 

What the Daffodil Represents - Happiness. Vitality. Inspiration. 

Daffodil Fact - In medieval Europe, it was thought that if your gaze resulted in a daffodil dropping, it was a sign that your luck had run out and impending doom was on the horizon. 



Origin - The Peony has been cultivated in Japan and China for hundreds of years. In fact, this beautiful flower is the official emblem of China. 

What the Peony Represents - Happiness. Wealth, Honor. Beauty. 

Peony Fact - Peonies are named after Paeon. Paeon was a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing and medicine. It is written that Asclepius grew jealous of Paeon and was hell-bent on harming his student; however, Zeus aided Paeon by turning Asclepius by turning him into a Peony. 



Origin - The first cultivation efforts of the Chrysanthemum date back to the 15th Century when the Chinese began growing this flower. 

What the Chrysanthemum Represents - Cheerfulness. Good Spirits. Joyousness

Chrysanthemum Fact - The Chrysanthemum is the official flower of the Japanese Emperor’s Royal family. 

Flowers Meaning Friendship


Yellow Rose

Yellow Rose

Origin - Much like it's red family member, the Yellow rose has been originated millions of years ago. 

What the Yellow Rose Represents - Friendship. Joyousness. Delight.

Yellow Roses Fact - Yellow Roses were introduced into Europe around the 18th Century. They were discovered growing wild in the Middle East. 


Freesia Flowers

Origin - The Freesia flower originated in South Africa hundreds of years ago. 

What the Rose Represents - Friendship. Thoughtfulness. Trust. 

Freesia Fact - The Freesia flower was given its name by a Botanist called Christian P Ecklon. He decided to name the flower after a Dr. Freese, as a tribute to the two’s friendship.



Origin - The Stock Flower is native to Southwestern Greece and Southern Albania. The flower is also known as Gillyflower or Virginia stock.

What the Stock Represents - Happy Life. Friendship. 

Stock Fact - This flower is completely edible and offers a spicy taste. Imagine a radish but less harsh. This fact makes the Stock a perfect addition to any salad or even as a garnish for a risotto. 



Origin - The Alstroemeria is a native to Peru and has only in the last hundred or so year spread to other parts of the world. 

What the Alstroemeria Represents - Friendship. Acquaintanceship. Mutual Support. 

Alstroemeria Fact - This flower received its name from the Swedish botanist who discovered it, Baron Calud von Alstromer. 

Flowers Meaning Strength



Gladiolus Flower

Origin - As the name suggests, the Gladiolus was the flower of the gladiators in ancient Greece. It is thought that these flowers are native to Asia and Africa.

What the Gladiolus Represents - Strength of Resolve and Character. 

Gladiolus Fact - The powered roots of the Mediterranean Gladiolus were used by the British to product a poultice for wounds. It was widely believed that the solution was capable of drawing out splinters and thorns from the skin. 



Origin - The actual origin of the Snapdragon is unknown, however, it is widely believed that these flowers were originally grown in Spain & Italy. 

What the Snapdragon Represents - Graciousness. Truth-telling. Inner Strength. 

Snapdragon Fact - The English name of this flower is derived from the fact that when the flower is gently squeezed, it resembles the head of a dragon. 

Flowers With Negative Meanings


Striped & Yellow Carnations

Carnation Flowers

Origin - Carnations are thought to be one of the oldest cultivated flowers known to mankind. It is thought that their cultivation dates back to the ancient Greeks.  

What the Carnation Represents - Rejection. Disdain. Disappointment. 

Carnation Fact - Certain people believe the name “Carnation” comes from the word Coronation. This is because the flower was used in ancient greek ceremonial crowns. 

Aconite (Monkshoods)

Aconite Flower

Origin - This poisonous plant has been in use in traditional medicine for thousands of years. The ancient creeks nicknamed the flower “Queen Of Poisons” as all parts are highly toxic. 

What the Aconite Represents - Misanthropy. Caution. Death. 

Aconite Fact - According to Greek Mythology, the three-headed dog that guarded the underworld, Cerberus, has Aconite dropping from its jaws. 



Origin - The Buttercup is native to North America and was used in medicines by native Americans for decades. 

What the Buttercup Represents - Childishness. 

Buttercup Fact -  The Scientific name for Buttercups is “Ranunculus”. When translated, this literally means “Little Frog”. This might seem strange at first, but the reason for this name is due to the fact that Buttercups are often found to grow near water - just like Frogs!


Cyclamen Flower

Origin - The Cyclamen originated in Persia and dates back to 4th century BC. The Greek philosopher, Plato, wrote about the flower in one of his many works. 

What the Cyclamen Represents - Resignation. Departure. 

Cyclamen Fact - A superstition surrounding the Cyclamen is that pregnant women should steer clear from this plant.  It is thought that If a woman steps on a cyclamen blossom when she’s bearing a child it can mean premature birth.


Petunia Flowers

Origin - The Petunia originated in South America. It belongs to the same family as chili peppers and tobacco. 

What the Petunia Represents - Anger. Resentment. 

Petunia Fact - The Petunia actually claimed its name due to its resemblance to tobacco. The Aboriginal word “Petun” means “A Tobacco that does not make a good smoke” and this is how the Petunia came to be known!

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Origin - The Butterfly Weed is native to North America and is known as butterfly weed due to the butterflies that are attracted by the colour and nectar of this flower. 

What the Butterfly Weed Represents - Goodbye. Relationship End. 

Butterfly Weed Fact -The fruit of butterfly weed is narrow, greyish-green pod covered with hairs. The fruit ripens at the end of the summer. Each of the pod contains hundreds of seeds equipped with silky, white tufts of hair.

Flowers Meaning Death



White Lily

Origin - The Lily is said to have been created by the breast milk of Hera, the wife of Zeus. The first known picture of a lily dates back to 1580 BC in Crete. 

What the Lily Represents - Death. Innocence. 

Lily Fact - Lilies are highly toxic to cats but not dogs. If a cat simply brushes by the plant then later grooming the pollen of their coats can prove fatal. The entire plant is toxic to your cat and can cause complete kidney failure in under 72 hours.

Black Rose

Black Rose

Origin - As previously mentioned, roses have been around for around 35 million years. 

What the Black Rose Represents - Death. Mourning. Lost Love. 

Black Rose’s Fact - There are actually no black roses. What might sometimes be referred to as a black rose is actually a dark red rose. A good example is “The Black Rose of Turkey”.

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