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Plant Meanings or Symbols


Plants have different meanings in different cultures. While many people feel this is old-fashioned, consider how the recipient of your floral gift might feel, if they don't think the same! Here, then, are some plant meanings we've gathered, so far. The list will grow - especially if you send us new ones.

Almond
- money and prosperity, wisdom
Aloe
- good luck
Alyssum
- calms anger
Anemone
- health and healing
Apple
- love
- healing and imortality
Aster
- love
Avocado
- lust and beauty
Amaryllis
- pride
Azalea
- fragile passion
- symbol of womanhood
- take care while I'm away
Bamboo
- symbol of longevity
- symbol of strength and grace
- breaking hexes or spells
Banana
- potency and fertility
Basil
- wealth
- exorcising evil
Bay
- psychic or extraordinary powers
Begonia
- beware, take care
Bleeding heart
- unrequited love
Bluebell
- good luck
- truth
Camelia
- I miss you
- riches, wealth
Cardamon
- lust
Carnation
- general - symbol of betrothal or of marriage
- pink and red - missing your love
- solid colour - yes
- striped - no, refusal, or wish I was there
- white - innocence, pure love
- yellow - disappointment, rejection
Carrot
- fertility and lust
Chamomile
- sleep, purification
- money and love
Chili Pepper
- fidelity and love
Chrysanthemum
- long life
- friendship and good cheer
- white - truth
- yellow - a symbol of slighted love
Clover
- 3-leaf - symbol Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
- 4-leaf - symbol of good luck
Cucumber
- chastity, healing, fertility
Daisy
- innocence
- keeping a secret
- luck and lust
Daffodil
- love, fertility, luck
Euphorbia
- purification and protection
Forget-me-not
- request to be remembered
- true love
Forsythia
- anticipation
Garlic
- healing and protection
Geranium
- fertility, love, protection
Goldenrod
- divine guidance
Hawthorn
- chastity, happiness
- luck in fishing
Heather
- protection
Hibiscus
- love, lust
Honeysuckle
- symbol of love and generosity
- phychic powers, money
Hyacinth
- love, protection, happiness
Hydrangea
- frigidity
- heartlessness
Iris
- faith and hope
- wisdom
- friendship
Ivy
- fidelity
- affection
Jasmine
- love
Knotweed
- health
Lavendar
- love, protection
- longevity
Lily
- purity and chastity, virginity
Lotus
- birth and fertility
- for purity
- enlightenment
Maple
- longevity, money
Marigold
- protection
- cruelty
- jealousy
Narcissus
- egotism
Orange
- love, luck, money
- mock orange - deceit
Orchid
- love
- symbolizes the innocence of children
- cattaya orchids often symbolize maturity, used in Mothers' Day bouquets.
Oregano
- love and honour
- improved luck
Palm
- success
- victory
Peony
- protection
Periwinkle
- mental prowess, money
Petunia
- anger, resentment
Poppy
- symbol of death
- sleep, money, luck
Ragweed
- courage
Rose
- red - symbol of love
- white - symbol of purity or virginity
- yellow - infidelity
- single bloom - I love you
Rosemary
- remembrance
- fidelity
Rue
- healing, health
Sage
- imortality, wisdom
Snapdragon
- deception
Spiderwort
- love
Sunflower
- infatuation
Sweet pea
- good bye
Tulip
- general - lover
- red - declaration of love
- varigated - beautiful eyes
- yellow - beautiful smile
Violet
- faithfulness
- watchfulness



Helen Kirkup is a Master Gardener, freelance writer and developer of The Garden Management System, gardening software to help you grow your garden.

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