The Meaning Behind Your Valentine’s Day Flowers

The Meaning Behind Your Valentine's Day Flowers

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If you’ve ever received Valentine’s Day flowers, you may be wondering what they mean. Sure, flowers are a sign of affection, but different flowers mean different things. And I’m not just talking about the kinds of flowers (roses, orchids, etc.) typically given on Valentine’s Day. I’m also talking about the flowers’ colors (red, white, pink, etc.) that make up your bouquet.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has its origins as a feast day in the Christian tradition. As legend has it, St. Valentine was a Christian cleric who would officiate at wedding ceremonies that would otherwise have been impossible under Roman law. For example, some soldiers were forbidden from marrying, as well as early Christians who were living under persecution. St. Valentine was eventually martyred and given his own feast day.

From the thirteenth century on, St. Valentine became an object of curiosity as the notion of courtly love began to develop across Europe. Lovers would present each other with small gifts, including flowers and sweets, and eventually the feast day of St. Valentine began to take hold in popular culture.

Valentine’s Day has endured, though it should be noted that its modern-day celebrations and customs are largely secular in nature. Still, both the Anglican and Lutheran churches include St. Valentine’s Day in their calendars.

The Meaning Behind Giving Flowers

Flowers have long been given as gifts, and are often a token of appreciation, affection, and love. Because of their beauty, flowers are much valued by their receiver, but it is also true that there is more to a gift of flowers than might meet the eye. It turns out that the type of flower offered, along with its color and even the way a flower or bouquet is handed to the recipient may have specific meanings within a particular culture.

Flower Symbolism

Flower symbolism across cultures reflects the types of flora found in a particular region or country. In addition, the decision to present someone with flowers is connected with local customs and practices. Another aspect of flower symbolism is impermanence. Cut flowers will eventually wilt. This adds to the preciousness of flowers and floral arrangements, reminding the recipient about the importance of appreciating what one has right now and living in the moment.

Flower Language

During the Victorian era, flowers began to be used as a method of communication. This period of time is usually characterized by restraint in behavior and language. While a person might indeed have strong feelings for somebody else, it was rarely considered appropriate to speak or even write about these feelings directly. Instead, a gentleman might present a woman with flowers that communicated his interests and intentions. 

Over time, and probably with the encouragement of flower sellers and designers, it became possible to “read” flowers just as one might read a letter or a book. In fact, one did not even need to give fresh flowers to communicate with another. Greeting cards, for example, may include floral symbolism that would indicate an individual’s feelings toward another.


Simply put, roses are the symbol of love, romance, and beauty. Millions are grown just for Valentine’s Day, which more than likely makes them the number one choice for this romantic holiday. But roses come in many different colors and each color has a different meaning when part of a bouquet of Valentine’s Day flowers.

  • Red roses mean “I love you.”
  • Purple roses mean “I love you and I find you captivating.”
  • Pink roses mean “I admire you.”
  • Yellow roses mean “I’m so happy we’re friends.”
  • White roses mean “I find you charming.”

One thing to consider about roses is that their stems have sharp thorns. While some florists will remove these thorns, to prevent injury, others may not. If you are concerned about the recipient accidentally pricking a finger, ask the florists if they will remove the thorns before sending a single flower or an arrangement.


Aside from the name, which sounds an awful lot like “two lips,” giving these beauties to someone on Valentine’s Day is a perfect rose-alternative. Their primary meaning is “perfect love.” Like roses, they come in varying colors that have special meanings:

  • Red represents true love
  • Purple is a sign of loyalty (and royalty)
  • Yellow means “I’m thinking of you.”
  • White represents worthiness or forgiveness
  • Variegated/Patterned tulips represent beautiful eyes

In some ways, tulips are a more modern flower and naturally present some truly remarkable color combinations. Individuals who appreciate modern decor may really enjoy receiving a bouquet of tulips.


Orchids are rare and unique buds and are a symbol of beauty, love, strength, and luxury. They convey a message to the recipient of exotic seduction and uniqueness, especially when given on Valentine’s Day. 

Orchids are notoriously difficult to cultivate and grow, shining a light on their decadent rarity. A gift of orchids may show that one is willing to take time and be patient in the process of gaining another’s love and trust.


A personal favorite of many, these beautiful, white, fragrant flowers can be gifted as a plant or in a bouquet. While white flowers are something you’d probably expect to see on your wedding day, you have to admit they’re a unique (and pricey) choice. Getting gardenias from someone means they set you apart from all others. You’re special and your Valentine’s Day flowers are special, too!

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera daisies come in a variety of colors. They’re big and beautiful, and they certainly make a bold statement. The meaning behind them is one of innocence and happiness, making them the perfect selection for a new romance on Valentine’s Day (or any other day, for that matter). These are also a wonderful option for giving to a friend or family member. In fact, an arrangement of gerbera daisies will add cheer to any room.

Flowers for You, Flowers for Another

No matter what kind of flowers you get on Valentine’s Day, remember that someone put time and effort into doing something to make you feel special. It’s touching, sweet, and sentimental whether they give you a huge bouquet of your favorite flowers or a handful of hand-picked wildflowers.

Similarly, you might want to consider giving someone else flowers on this special day. Keep in mind that you don’t need to have a spouse or partner on Saint Valentine’s Day to show your affection for other people. Many people love receiving flowers and enjoy displaying them on their desk at work or in their homes. Consider presenting a friend or family member with a flower or floral arrangement any day of the week. Saint Valentine would be so proud.

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