Victorian Era Symbology of Flowers

flowresthelanguageoflove

For centuries, flowers, herbs and various plants have given pleasure to people because of their beauty and fragrance. Flowers have also had religious and symbolic meaning throughout time.

But during the Victorian era in particular, flowers were used to convey messages of love or dislike, depending upon which ones were chosen, their size, how they were held, or even how they were grouped together. They had silent meanings of their very own. Bouquets were filled with intrigue and secret messages. Here are just a few examples of the language of flowers:

Acacia – secret love
Baby’s breath – everlasting love
Carnation (pink) – I will never forget you
Carnation (red) – my heart aches for you
Daffodil – respect
Forget-me-not – true love
Gardenia – secret love
Gladiolus – love at first sight
Honeysuckle – generous and devoted affection
Hyacinth (yellow) – jealousy
Hyacinth (white) – constance of love
Hydrangea – heartlessness, frigidity
Ivy – fidelity, friendship, affection
Lemon balm – brings love
Lily of the Valley – return of happiness
Myrtle – emblem of marriage, love
Tulip (yellow) – hopeless love
Tulip (variegated) – beautiful eyes
Tulip (red) – believe me, declaration of love
Oleander – caution, beware
Orchid – mature charm
Rose (red) – I love you
Rose (white) – eternal love
Rose (pink) – perfect happiness
Sweet William – gallantry

 

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