The Language of Flowers 5

The language of flowers or floriography has been practiced for ages and recognized throughout different cultures in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  However, during the Victorian era, flowers were often used to send clandestine messages to their recipient. This veiled language allowed feelings to be expressed without uttering words.

Lisianthus

Delicate and dainty, this flower can be mistaken for a tulip or poppy and certain varieties resemble roses and peonies. The lisianthus is a flower of appreciation and admiration but can also be given to represent charisma and gratitude.

Tulip

Elegant and elusive because of the short period that they are available, tulips have different meanings based on the hue of their petals. Feeling the need to apologize? The white tulip is the perfect way to ask for forgiveness.

Rose

Popularized by poets, most notably Shakespeare, the exquisite rose is both delicate and resilient, but always timeless with classic appeal. Perhaps this is because of the many colors and varieties, each with their own meaning. Both graceful and elegant, the pink rose can be given to represent a burgeoning love.

Ranunculus

Simultaneously whimsical and romantic because of the delicate layers of petals, each stem displays multiple blossoms. This flower has found a current popularity with bridal bouquets and is the flower of choice to give to someone you believe is charming.

Iris

Found both in floral shops and in gardens, the iris is the national flower of France and its likeness is signified in the fluer de lis symbol. Generally revered as a regal flower, it also has connotations of faith, wisdom and hope.

Gerbera Daisy

Whimsical and happy are two words to describe this flower since they come in many colors, mostly cheerful and bright. The ideal flower for children, young adults and also the young-at-heart, the gerbera daisy symbolizes purity and innocence.