Floral Valentine: Valentine's Day flowers meaning

It’s that time of the year again when love is in the air – Valentine ’s Day! We love a floral Valentine with beautiful red roses. Red roses are a classic symbol of true love and beauty.

But, did you know there are dozens of other flowers you can give your Valentine to communicate different messages? People in Victorian England appreciated the symbolic meaning of flowers and you can too today. Think about your Valentine and what you want to say with flowers and then choose Valentine's Day flowers with meaning.

Floral Valentine symbols

Create a personalized Valentine bouquet with the right floral arrangement to silently speak volumes about your relationship this Valentine’s Day. For example, to celebrate a lifelong romance you can create a beautiful bouquet of lilies, globe amaranths and blue hyacinths. Similarly, to celebrate a new love you can create a bouquet of lilacs, poppies, gloxinias and gardenias. Just understand Valentine's Day flowers meaning and you will have a memorable floral Valentine this year.

Here are some flowers that symbolize romantic sentiments you can use this year, even though they are not as popular as red roses:


The meaning of tulips has evolved over time. Yellow tulips, for example, have evolved from representing hopeless love, to more cheerful thoughts and a positive meaning of brightness and sunshine. White tulips, on the other hand, symbolize newness, purity and heaven.

Yellow tulips traditionally say, "Please, please, please, please be with me. Please."

Cream colored tulips say, "I will love you forever."

Red tulips say, "believe me, I love you."


Orchids are beautiful and delicate with geometric shapes, the antithesis of the soft, rounded curves of more common flowers. In Victorian England orchids took on the mantle of luxury. Today they represent refined beauty.

Orchids say, "I am either pretentious or trying really hard to be."


Daisies are associated with many wonderful qualities, such as beauty, purity, innocence, patience and simplicity. They basically represent loyal love, faith and innocence.

Daisies say, “These are beautiful and delicate with a hint of spontaneity, just like you."

Striped carnations

Striped carnations, known as “Jove’s Flower” by the Romans, depict refusal or regret. The name "carnation" comes from "coronation" or "corone," meaning flower garlands.

Striped carnations say, "Sorry, I can't be with you, but I wish I could.”


As you can see, most flowers have a special meaning you can use to your advantage. Instead of sending the traditional dozen red roses, take some time to group various Valentine's Day flowers with meaning for your Valentine. You can send a very specific message in this way and make a powerful, floral Valentine’s Day full of meaning this year. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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