The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers

flowers papadakis est 1989

Hardly anyone knows that the language of flowers originates from France. You see, it was there that a certain Charlotte de la Tour published a book in 1819, in which she listed the significance of various flowers. According to this, asters for example meant ulterior motives, whilst narcissi and peonies expressed shame.

This book became a bestseller and then in other countries authors switched to writing their own works. Initially they stuck more or less to de la Tour’s book, but soon it became more and more imprecise and was also adapted to customary country ways. Such as in England, for example, where everything was left out that could be considered shocking.

The final blow was when Americans discovered the language of flowers: Because many common English plant names had no American equivalent there, the same flower was listed under several different names.

De la Tour’s «Language of Flowers» therefore still counts today as the one that is most often used. For this reason, we are pleased to pass on some of them to you:

Aquilegia: Madness
Anemone: Resignation, mistrust
Aster: Ulterior motives
Bellis (Daisies): Innocence
Bouquet of flowers: Gallant gesture
Erica: Loneliness
Fern: Sincerity, reverie
Lilac: Initial loving feelings
Carnation: Lasting beauty
Gorse: Purity
Campanula (blue): Constancy
Wallflower: Radiance
Dog rose: Poetry
Hops: Injustice
Hydrangea: You are cold
Hyacinth: Goodwill
Periwinkle: Sweet memories
Iris: News
Jasmine: Kindness
Crown Imperial: Power
Cherry blossom: Good education
Cherry laurel: Infidelity
Clematis: Refinement
Cornflower: Tact
Lavender: Mistrust
Gillyflower: Dignity
Gillyflower (bright red): You are a goddess
Lily: Majesty
Lotus: Eloquence
Antirrhinum: Arrogance
Lilies of the valley: Return of good fortune
Hollyhock: Grace
Marguerite: Innocence
Mistletoe: I will overcome all obstacles
Poppy: Consolation
Moss rose: Sensual love
Myrtle: Symbol of marriage
Narcissus: Selfishness
Carnation (red): Pure and deep love
Carnation (yellow): Contempt
Carnation (white): Talent
Orange blossom: Virginity
Daffodil: Desire
Peony: Shame
Passion flower: Belief
Petunia: Surprise
Primula: Youth
Buttercup: You have heavenly charms
Marigold: Jealousy, despair
Delphinium: Superficiality
Rose (red, single rose): I love you
Rose (white): Silence
Rose petals: I am never pushy
Rosebud (white): A heart that does not yet know love
Rosemary: Your presence enlivens me
Snowdrops: Love’s happiness
Iris: Message
Sunflower: Riches
Maiden pink: Delicacy
Pansies: Duplicity
Tagetes: Disgust
Thyme: Activity
Tuberose: Lust
Tulip: Declaration of love
Violet: Modesty
Forget-me-nots: Don’t forget me
Dog rose: Simplicity

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