What Is Floriography?

Flowers are an important part of Glass Wrappings. We take great care to create beautiful containers to complement bouquets of many types.

 Flowers have been used throughout history to convey various meanings and messages. Did you know that flowers have their own language, known as “floriography”?

 Whether you are giving flowers to a mother on Mother’s Day, a friend on their birthday, or a loved one on Valentine’s Day, nearly every sentiment imaginable can be expressed with flowers.

 If you are trying to communicate a message through flowers, you might want to know just what those meanings are in order to choose appropriately…or worse, inappropriately. For example, you might want to avoid giving chrysanthemums, as they are generally associated with death!

Here is a guide to some common symbolic meanings associated with different flowers:


  • Red Carnations: Deep love and admiration
  • White Carnations: Pure love and good luck
  • Pink Carnations: Gratitude and appreciation


  • Associated with death and used in funeral arrangements in many cultures
  • In other cultures, they symbolize longevity and joy


  • New beginnings and rebirth
  • Arrival of spring and hope


  • Elegance, dignity, and a lasting bond between people


  • Shasta Daisies: Innocence, purity, and simplicity
  • Gerbera Daisies: Cheerfulness and optimism


  • True love, remembrance, and faithfulness


  • Gratitude, understanding, and heartfelt emotions
  • Abundance and prosperity


  • Faith, hope, and wisdom
  • Purple Irises, in particular, symbolize royalty and intelligence


  • White Lilies: Purity, virtue, and renewal; often present at funerals
  • Calla Lilies: Magnificent beauty and sophistication
  • Day Lilies: Flirtation and playfulness
  • Orange Lilies: Hatred


  • Rare and delicate beauty
  • Love, strength, and luxury


  • Prosperity, good fortune, and happy marriage
  • Known as the “King of Flowers” in Chinese culture


  • Red Roses: Love and passion
  • White Roses: Purity, innocence, and new beginnings
  • Yellow Roses: Friendship, joy, and happiness
  • Pink Roses: Sweetness, admiration, and gratitude
  • Orange Roses: Desire, enthusiasm, and energy


  • Dwarf Sunflowers: Adoration, loyalty, and longevity
  • Tall Sunflowers: Haughtiness


  • Red Tulips: Declaration of love
  • White Tulips: Forgiveness and worthiness
  • Yellow Tulips: Cheerful thoughts and sunshine
  • Purple Tulips: Royalty and admiration

 The symbolism of flowers can vary across cultures and historical periods. Additionally, personal preferences and regional customs may influence the interpretation of flower meanings. When you are giving flowers, it is always a good idea to consider the recipient’s preferences and the context of the occasion.


There is a language, little known,

Lovers claim it as their own.

Its symbols smile upon the land,

Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;

And in their silent beauty speak,

Of life and joy, to those who seek

For Love Divine and sunny hours

In the language of the flowers.

   - The Language of Flowers, London, 1875


Glass Wrappings offers a variety of beautifully decorated containers that will complement the meaning of any flower.  See what’s available:  glasswrappings.com


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