The Perfect Petal

flower1For some, it may come as a surprise to learn that flowers have been ascribed meaning for thousands of years. There is an entire language of flowers — or floriography — that has been practiced in such places as Europe, Asia and the Middle East, each species signifying some virtue or ideal. Today’s flower meanings are most heavily influenced by the culture of Victorian England and 19th century United States, times when the public expression of romantic feelings was not as decorous. In the tradition of a more romantic time, The Voice-Tribune has compiled an array of commonly used flowers around this time of year and linked them to their meanings.

1 Orchid
Orchids are unlike any other flowers on this list due to the paradox of their meaning. Orchids are for people who are elegant yet wild. They are for those rare, genteel individuals who still manage to get you hot under the collar.

2 Daisy
While not the most exciting flowers to look at in the bunch, daisies complement nearly any bouquet well. These flowers signify innocence, bringing to mind imagery of picking wild daisies for a simple but nonetheless heartfelt gesture from a Victorian novel.

3 Gerbera
Technically a type of daisy, these flowers are a nice alternative for someone looking for a more robust variation. Meaning cheerfulness, Gerbera daisies have a spot in nearly any bouquet.

4 Alstromeria
Also known as the Lily of the Incas, this beautiful flower is a bit more versatile than the others as it represents friendship and devotion. The leaves grow upside down and twist and turn as they develop – much like a friendship.

5 Carnation
These flowers are very similar to roses; even their colors and significance in the language of flowers is uncannily similar. Some ladies and gentlemen might desire something a little different than the traditional rose, however, and carnations are a lovely alternative while maintaining the message you wish to send.

6 Stargazer Lily
These breathtaking flowers have long been a bouquet staple for their obvious beauty. In the language of flowers, these lilies mean elegance, so make sure to add these to your bouquet to remind your significant other that they add some much-needed class and sophistication to your life.

7 Snapdragon
These colorful blooms have picked up a host of meanings over the years. Snapdragons should be given to someone who is mysterious, gracious, cordial or fascinating as a reminder of his or her intrigue.

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8 Rose
Roses are some of the most traditional Valentine’s Day flowers around. There’s a reason for that. Generally, roses signify bold declarations of love and adoration, but there are as many nuances to their meaning as there are color variations.
Red: The most traditional, red roses signify true and everlasting love.
Pink: Pink Roses represent new young love as well as femininity and gentility.
White: As the color might suggest, white roses suggest purity and virginity.
Yellow: Often used as a way to politely decline romantic interest, yellow roses symbolize friendship. When used with other flowers, however, they can mean happiness or joy.
Lavender: Rare and unique, lavender roses represent enchantment, offering a refreshing and special note to any bouquet. VT

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