Here, some of the meanings ascribed in North America to popular blooms.

By Real Simple
Updated December 20, 2007
Blended flower bouquet
| Credit: Lucas Allen
  • There is a language of flowers―whether you or anyone at your wedding is fluent in this language is another question. One idea: Give each bridesmaid a bouquet featuring a signature flower whose meaning suits her personality. Attach a note to the bouquet explaining why you picked that bloom for her. Here are some of the hidden meanings.
  • Amaranthus: Constancy and fidelity
  • Amaryllis: Pride, pastoral beauty
  • Anemone: Abandonment, forsakenness, sincerity, fragility
  • Chrysanthemum: Happiness and long life
  • Chrysanthemum (White): Truth
  • Chrysanthemum (Yellow): Secret admirer
  • Chrysanthemum (Red): Love
  • Daffodil (a.k.a. Narcissus): Respect, good fortune, chivalry, unrequited love
  • Daisy: Innocence, loyal love, purity
  • Forget-Me-Not: Faithful love and memory, true love
  • Iris: Faith and wisdom, inspiration
  • Ivy: Fidelity, wedded love, affection
  • Lilac: First love
  • Lily: Purity and sweetness
  • Lily of the Valley: Renewed happiness and humility
  • Orchid: Love and beauty
  • Peony: Happiness and prosperity
  • Rose (Red): Love and desire
  • Rose (White): Purity and innocence
  • Sweet Pea: Departure
  • Tulip: True love
  • Violet: Modesty
  • Zinnia: Thoughts of friends, thoughts of absent friends
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