Lovingly's Guide to Flower Meanings

You’ve found the central location for the seemingly endless world of flowers! Our ever-increasing flower encyclopedia will give you every detail you’ve ever wanted to know about every flower growing under the sun. Learn flower histories, flower symbolism, when and how to give them as a gift, how to grow flowers, how to care for cut flowers, and lots more!

Alstroemeria

As a symbol of devotion, Peruvian lilies say to friends and loved ones that you’ll always be there for them and trust in your love and friendship.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis Amaryllis These big beautiful blooms may be a holiday favorite, but they’re actually derived…

Anemone

Anemone Anemonastrum No, not the one under the sea! We prefer the one in the…

Aster

A part of the daisy family, aster is an ancient bloom that has been around for thousands of years, and you better believe it's got a story to tell!

Astilbe

Commonly known as ‘False Goat’s Beard,’ Astilbe brings light and life to even the shadiest of corners. And don’t worry, there’s nothing false about this bold perennial wildflower!

Baby’s Breath

Baby’s breath is incredibly popular, and you can see it in almost every floral arrangement online and in floral shops.

Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland Moluccella laevis Despite their namesake, these regal bell-shaped greens actually hail from…

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise Strelitzia Truly one of the most unique, exotic blooms out there! Bird…

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta No, not the Black-Eyed Peas! We’re talking about the Black-Eyed…

Calla Lily

If you’ve ever been to a wedding or a church on Easter, you’ve likely seen these elegant white flowers.

Carnation

Carnations symbolize fascination, love, and affection—with deep red being the most popular.

Celosia

Celosia Celosia argentea Commonly known as cockscomb or silver cock’s comb, Celosia is a plant of tropical origin and…

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are the perfect fall flower with amazing shades of autumn and cold-resistance.

Daffodil

Daffodils aren’t just beautiful yellow beacons of spring, they’re easy to grow and great in bouquets.

Dahlia

Dahlias provide one of the most spectacular blooms in the flower kingdom. They come in countless sizes and colors.

Delphinium

Delphiniums spread quickly and have a wonderful meadow smell. They grow in big clusters.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus Whether you like them in the form of your favorite oil pouring…

Flowering Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida We all get that little tingle of excitement as we start…

Forget Me Nots

As a symbol of eternal love and devotion, forget me nots are beautiful, delicate flowers that brighten any day.

Freesia

Freesia Freesia corymbosa The sweet smell of spring! These blooms may be dainty, but don’t…

Gardenia

Gardenias are beloved for their unique fragrance and distinct, creamy-white flowers and leathery green leaves.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy Gerbera jamesonii They’re sleek; they’re elegant, they’re big, bright, and fabulous.  We’re talking…

Gladiolus

Gladiolus Gladiolus oppositiflorus The gladiolus: a beautiful, proud, tall drink of water. We commonly recognize…

Great White Trillium

Although trilliums are quite the stunning wild beauty, they are a little smelly. If you ever find yourself hiking your way through the Pacific Northwest, be sure to keep your eyes and nose) peeled!

Hibiscus

Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis The ultimate tropical bloom! Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in…

Holly

Holly Llex aquifolium Have a holly jolly Christmas! With it’s shiny, prickly leaves and bright…

Hyacinth

Ah, the sweet smelling loveliness of the hyacinth...

Hydrangea

No other flower resembles the beauty of bubbling globes of bursting color like a hydrangea does.

Hypericum Berries

Hypericum Berries Hypericum androsaemum Hypericum, otherwise known as the gift that keeps on giving. Why?…

Iris

Irises are easy to grow, have tons of blooms, and keep coming up year after year!

Lavender

Lavender Lavandula ​A part of the mint family, the perfumy bloom we all know and…

Lilac

Just when winter starts to feel like an endless Game of Thrones episode—boom!—suddenly the lilac blooms and you know that spring is here.

Lily

Lily Lilium More than just a 30th Anniversary flower! “A lily or a rose never…

Lisianthus

Lisianthus Eustoma Sometimes the simplest of things can become the most elegant… “Wildflowers adapt and…

Magnolia

Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora No, we’re not talking about Steel Magnolias, unfortunately. But we are talking…

Marigolds

Marigolds may be the birth month flower of October, but they’re soo much more than just our favorite fall annual!

Mountain Laurel

Mountain laurel Kalmia latifolia The mountain laurel is a stunning evergreen shrub of the Ericaceae…

Orchid

Orchid Orchidaceae As one of the oldest flowering plants and with over 200,000 different species,…

Peony

Peony Paeonia It’s plain to see the sheer beauty of the peony, and if you’ve…

Poinsettia

Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima The ultimate holiday plant – Poinsettia in the house!  Known for its…

Poppy

Poppy Papaver They’re stunning, they’re elegant, they’re vibrant and beautiful! With their endless colors, ease…

Prickly Wild Rose

Prickly Wild Rose Rosa acicularis The prickly wild rose, often identified by their light pink…

Protea

Protea Protea cynaroides Native to Australia and South Africa, Protea are the epitome of unique…

Ranuculus

Ranunculus Ranunculus acris Arguably, one of the most beautiful blooms around—the ranunculus is a wedding-season…

Rose

Roses are red, violets are… actually roses aren’t just red. What flower is more iconic than a rose?

Snapdragon

Snapdragon Antirrhinum Oh snap, we’re talking about Snapdragons!  “Season of woolen garments taken out of…

Spider Mum

Spider Mum Chrysanthemum morifolium A funky member of the chrysanthemum family, spider mums are known…

Sunflower

What’s more joyful than a sunflower? Their huge, yellow-orange blooms tower over the garden, but they make up for stealing the show by providing seeds, feed, and pollen.

Texas Bluebonnet

Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis Predominantly found in the southwestern parts of the United States, allow…
White Tulips on black background

Tulip

Tulips are cozy, like snuggling up in your favorite blanket with a fire crackling and snow gently falling.

Violet

Violets Voila You’ve seen these tiny, but nevertheless lovely clusters of vibrancy, so there’s no…

Waxflower

Waxflower Chamelaucium Uncinatum Waxflowers come as the perfect mix of sugar and spice, with their…

Yucca

There's no doubt you've heard of the sweet (get it) phenomenon that is Agave Nectar. What's even sweeter? The Yucca plant is a beautifully unique member of the agave family, with over 40 different types of perennials growing throughout North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Zinnia

Zinnia Zinnia elegans One of the most lively and cheerful flowers you could have in…
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