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Flower Language

The information on this page was derived from Mandy Kirkby's "A Victorian Flower Dictionary: the Language of Flowers Companion".

Traditionally, The Floriographer will sculpt his chosen beauties, male or female, toward a particular flower based on their existing temperament, new messages he intends to grow, or based on flaws he would prefer to rid them of. Arcadia being Arcadia, the Changeling's will and determination can, and does, affect just what s/he will end up being, but defy him too strongly and it's to the compost heap you go, food for beasts and far less pleasant things.

~ A ~

Abutilon (Abutilon) - Meditation
Acacia (Acacia) - Secret Love
Acanthus (Acanthus) - Artifice
Agapanthus (Agapanthus) - Love Letter
Agrimony (Agrimonia) - Gratitude
Allium (Allium) - Prosperity
Almond Blossom (Amygdalus communis) - Indiscretion
Aloe (Aloe vera) - Grief
Alstroemeria (Alstroemeria) - Devotion
Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) - Worth Beyond Beauty
Amaranth (Amaranthus) - Immortality
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) - Pride
Anemone (Anemone) - Forsaken, Abandonment, Love That is Fleeting & Will Not Last
Angelica (Angelica pachycarpa) - Inspiration
Apple (Malus domestica) - Temptation
Apple Blossom (Malus domestica) - Preference
Aster (Aster) - Patience
Azalea (Rhododendron) - Fragile & Ephemeral Passion

~ B ~

Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata) - Everlasting Love
Bachelor's Button (Centaurea cyanus) - Single Blessedness
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) - Hate
Bay Leaf (Laurus nobilis) - I Change Only in Death
Begonia (Begonia) - Caution
Bellflower (Campanula) - Gratitude
Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) - Good Luck
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) - Magnificence
Blackberry (Rubus) - Envy
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) - Justice
Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta) - Constancy
Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis) - Passion
Bouvardia (Bouvardia) - Enthusiasm
Broom (Cytisus) - Humility
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) - Ingratitude

~ C ~

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) - Profit
Cactus (Opuntia) - Ardent Love
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) - Modesty
Camellia (Camellia) - My Destiny Is In Your Hands; Love, Singular & All-Embracing
Candytuft (Iberis) - Indifference
Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium) - Constancy; Faith (esp. religious)
Carnation [pink] (Dianthus caryophyllus) - I Will Never Forget You
Carnation [red] (Dianthus caryophyllus) - My Heart Breaks; Strong Avowal of Love
Carnation [striped] (Dianthus caryophyllus) - I Cannot Be With You
Carnation [white] (Dianthus caryophyllus) - Sweet & Lovely; Tender Affection
Carnation [yellow] (Dianthus caryophyllus) - Disdain
Celandine (Chelidonium majus) - Joys to Come
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) - Energy in Adversity; Courage to Survive
Cherry Blossom (Prunus cerasus/Prunus serrulata) - Impermanence; Life is Fleeting; Enjoy the "now"; Celebrate the Present Moment
Cherry, Winter (Physalis alkekengi) - Deception
Chervil (Anthriscus) - Sincerity
Chestnut (Castanea sativa) - Do Me Justice
Chicory (Cichorium intybus) - Frugality
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum) - Truth; Perfection; Honest Character (esp. if white)
Cinquefoil (Potentilla) - Beloved Daughter
Clematis (Clematis) - Poverty
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) - I Have Loved You & You Have Not Known It
Clover [white] (Trifolium) - Think of Me
Cockscomb (Celosia) - Affectation
Columbine (Aquilegia) - Desertion
Coneflower [purple] (Echinacea purpurea) - Strength & Health
Coreopsis (Coreopsis) - Always Cheerful
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) - Hidden Worth
Corn (Zea mays) - Riches
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) - Joy in Love & Life
Cowslip (Primula veris) - Pensiveness
Crab-Apple Blossom (Malus hupehensis/Malus sylvestris) - Ill-Tempered
Cranberry (Vaccinium) - Cure for Heartache
Crocus (Crocus) - Youthful Gladness
Currant (Ribes) - Thy Frown Will Kill Me
Cyclamen (Cyclamen) - Timid Hope
Cypress (Cupressus) - Mourning; Grief; Perpetual Loss/Grief; Mortality & End Thereof

~ D ~

Daffodil (Narcissus) - New Beginnings; Renewal; Hope after Unlucky Things
Dahlia (Dahlia) - Dignity
Daisy (Bellis) - Innocence; Lack of Worldliness; Purity; Contempt for Worldly Goods
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) - Rustic Oracle
Daphne (Daphne) - I Would Not Have You Otherwise
Day Lily (Hemerocallis) - Coquetry
Delphinium (Delphinium) - Levity
Dianthus (Dianthus) - Make Haste
Dittany (Dictamnus albus) - Childbirth
Dogwood (Cornus) - Love Undiminished by Adversity
Dragon Plant (Dracaena) - You Are Near a Snare

~ E ~

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) - Noble Courage
Eglantine (Rosa rubiginosa) - I Wound to Heal; Pleasure; Pain [a.k.a. Sweet Briar/Briar Rose]
Elder (Sambucus) - Compassion
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus) - Protection
Euphorbia (Euphorbia) - Persistence
Evening Primrose (Oenothera) - Inconstancy
Everlasting Pea (Lathyrus latifolius) - Lasting Pleasure

~ F ~

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) - Strength
Fern (Polypodiophyta) - Sincerity
Fern, Maidenhair (Adiantum capillus-veneris) - Secrecy
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) - Warmth
Fig (Ficus carica) - Argument
Flax (Linum usitatissimum) - I Feel Your Kindness
Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis) - Forget Me Not
Forsythia (Forsythia) - Anticipation
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) - Insincerity
Freesia (Freesia) - Lasting Friendship
Fuchsia (Fuchsia) - Humble Love

~ G ~

Gardenia (Gardenia) - Refinement
Gentian (Gentiana) - Intrinsic Worth
Geranium [oak-leaf] (Pelargonium) - True Friendship
Geranium [pencil-leaf] (Pelargonium) - Ingenuity
Geranium [scarlet] (Pelargonium) - Stupidity
Geranium [wild] (Geranium) - Steadfast Piety
Gerber Daisy (Gerbera) - Cheerfulness
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) - Strength
Gladiolus (Gladiolus) - You Pierce My Heart
Goldenrod (Solidago) - Careful Encouragement
Grapevine (Vitis vinifera) - Abundance
Grass (Poaceae) - Submission

~ H ~

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) - Hope
Hazel (Corylus) - Reconciliation; Language; Diplomacy
Heath (Erica) - Solitude
Heather (Calluna vulgaris) - Protection
Helenium (Helenium) - Tears
Heliotrope (Heliotropium) - Devoted Affection; Faithful & Constant Love
Hibiscus (Hibiscus) - Delicate Beauty
Holly (Ilex) - Foresight; Protection from Misfortune
Hollyhock (Alcea) - Ambition
Honesty (Lunaria annua) - Honesty
Honeysuckle (Lonicera) - Devotion
Hyacinth [blue] (Hyacinthus orientalis) - Constancy
Hyacinth [purple] (Hyacinthus orientalis) - Please Forgive Me
Hyacinth [white] (Hyacinthus orientalis) - Beauty
Hydrangea (Hydrangea) - Dispassion

~ I ~

Ice Plant (Carpobrotus chilensis) - Your Looks Freeze Me
Impatiens (Impatiens) - Impatience
Iris (Iris) - Message; Messenger; Hope
Ivy (Hedera helix) - Fidelity; Steadfastness

~ J ~

Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium) - Come Down
Jasmine [Carolina] (Gelsemium sepervirens) - Separation
Jasmine [Indian] (Jasminum multiflorum) - Attachment
Jasmine [white] (Jasminum officinale) - Amiability
Jonquil (Narcissus jonquilla) - Desire

~ L ~

Laburnum (Laburnum anagyroides) - Pensive Beauty
Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium) - Capricious Beauty
Lantana (Lantana) - Rigour
Larch (Larix decidua) - Audacity
Larkspur (Delphinium consolida) - Lightness; Uplifting; Play; Joy
Laurel (Laurus nobilis) - Glory & Success
Lavender (Lavandula) - Mistrust
Lemon (Citrus limon) - Zest
Lemon Blossom (Citrus limon) - Discretion
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) - Coldheartedness
Liatris (Liatris) - I Will Try Again
Lichen (Parmelia) - Dejection
Lilac (Syringa) - First Emotions of Love
Lily (Lilium) - Majesty
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) - Return of Happiness
Linden Tree (Tilia) - Conjugal Love
Lisianthus (Eustoma) - Appreciation
Lobelia (Lobelia) - Malevolence
Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) - Purity
Love-in-a-Mist (Nigela damascena) - Perplexity
Love-Lies-Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) - Hopeless but not Helpless
Lungwort (Pulmonaria) - You Are My Life
Lupin (Lupinus) - Imagination

~ M ~

Magnolia (Magnolia) - Dignity
Marigold (Calendula) - Grief; Sadness; Distress
Marjoram (Origanum) - Blushes
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) - Desire for Riches
Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale) - My Best Days Are Past
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) - Uselessness
Michaelmas Daisy (Aster amellus) - Farewell
Mignonette (Reseda odorata) - Your Qualities Surpass Your Charms; Inner Virtue
Mimosa (Mimosa) - Sensitivity
Mistletoe (Viscum) - I Surmount All Obstacles
Mock Orange (Philadelphus) - Counterfeit
Monkshood (Aconitum) - Chivalry
Morning Glory (Ipomoea) - Coquetry
Moss (Bryopsida) - Maternal Love; Presence; I'll Never Desert You
Moss Rose (Rosa) - Confession of Love
Mullein (Verbascum) - Take Courage
Mustard (Brassica) - I Am Hurt
Myrtle (Myrtus) - Love; Inspiring Love

~ N ~

Narcissus (Narcissus) - Self-Love
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) - Impetuous Love; Haste; Without Fear of Tomorrow
Nettle (Urtica) - Cruelty

~ O ~

Oats (Avena sativa) - Witching Soul of Music
Oleander (Nerium oleander) - Beware
Olive (Olea europaea) - Peace
Orange (Citrus sinensis) - Generosity
Orange Blossom (Citrus sinensis) - Your Purity Equals Your Loveliness; Uncomplicated Loveliness
Orchid (Orchis) - Refined Beauty
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) - Joy

~ P ~

Pansy (Viola) - Think of Me; Tender Attachment; Compassion; Concern
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) - Festivity
Passionflower (Passiflora) - Faith (esp. religious)
Peach (Prunus persica) - Your Charms Are Unequalled
Peach Blossom (Prunus persica) - I Am Your Captive
Pear (Pyrus) - Affection
Pear Blossom (Pyrus) - Comfort
Peony (Paeonia) - Anger
Peppermint (Mentha) - Warmth of Feeling; Protection
Periwinkle (Vinca minor) - Tender Recollections
Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) - Bury Me Amid Nature's Beauty
Petunia (Petunia) - Your Presence Soothes Me
Phlox (Phlox) - Our Souls Are United
Pineapple (Ananas comosus) - You Are Perfect
Pink (Dianthus) - Pure Love
Plum (Prunus domestica) - Keep Your Promises
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) - Be Of Good Cheer
Polyanthus (Primula elatior) - Confidence
Pomegranate (Punica granatum) - Foolishness
Pomegranate Blossom (Punica granatum) - Mature Elegance
Poplar [black] (Populus nigra) - Courage
Poplar [white] (Populus alba) - Time
Poppy (Papaver) - Fantastic Extravagance; Beauty
Potato (Solanum tuberosum) - Benevolence
Potato Vine (Solanum jasminoides) - You Are Delicious
Primrose (Primula) - Childhood
Protea (Protea) - Courage

~ Q ~

Queen Anne's Lace (Ammi majus) - Fantasy
Quince (Cydonia oblonga) - Temptation

~ R ~

Ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus) - You Are Radiant With Charms
Raspberry (Rubus) - Remorse
Redbud (Cercis) - Betrayal
Rhododendron (Rhododendron) - Beware
Rhubarb (Rheum) - Advice
Rose [burgundy] (Rosa) - Unconscious Beauty
Rose [orange] (Rosa) - Fascination
Rose [pale peach] (Rosa) - Modesty
Rose [pink] (Rosa) - Grace
Rose [purple] (Rosa) - Enchantment
Rose [red] (Rosa) - Love
Rose [white] (Rosa) - Heart Unacquainted With Love
Rose [yellow] (Rosa) - Infidelity
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - Remembrance; Remedy Against Forgetfulness; Immortality of the Soul

~ S ~

Saffron (Crocus sativus) - Beware of Excess
Sage (Salvia officinalis) - Good Health & Long Life
Saxifrage (Saxifraga) - Affection
Scabious (Scabiosa) - Unfortunate Love
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) - Change
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) - Presumption
Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Consolation; Hope; Calmer of Fears; Happiness Will Return
Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) - Parental Affection
Spiraea (Spiraea) - Victory
Speedwell (Veronica) - Fidelity
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) - Superstition
Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) - Purity
Starwort (Stellaria) - Welcome
Stephanotis (Stephanotis floribunda) - Happiness in Marriage
Stock (Malcolmia maritima) - You Will Always Be Beautiful To Me
Stonecrop (Sedum) - Tranquillity
Strawberry (Fragaria) - Perfection
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - False Riches
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) - Delicate Pleasures
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) - Gallantry

~ T ~

Tansy (Tanacetum) - I Declare War Against You
Thistle (Cirsium) - Misanthropy; Stay Away From Me; Defiance
Thrift (Armeria) - Sympathy
Thyme (Thymus) - Activity
Trachelium (Trachelium) - Neglected Beauty
Trillium (Trillium) - Modest Beauty
Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) - Fame
Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) - Dangerous Pleasures
Tulip (Tulipa) - Declaration of Love
Turnip (Brassica rapa) - Charity

~ V ~

Verbena (Verbena) - Pray For Me [a.k.a. Vervain]
Vetch (Vicia) - I Cling To Thee
Violet (Viola odorata) - Modest Worth; Humility

~ W ~

Wallflower (Cheiranthus) - Fidelity in Adversity (lovers & religious alike)
Water Lily (Nymphaea) - Pure of Heart; Perfection; Goodness
Waxflower (Hoya) - Susceptibility
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) - Melancholy; Mourning; Affliction; Sorrow
Wheat (Triticum) - Prosperity
Willowherb (Epilobium) - Pretension
Wisteria (Wisteria) - Welcome
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) - Spell

~ Y ~

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - Cure for a Broken Heart

~ Z ~

Zinnia (Zinnia) - I Mourn Your Absence