Flowers have been used to convey messages of love and admiration for thousands of years. The message they convey depends on the type of flower, it’s color and the presentation. During the Victorian era, flowers were used to convey secret messages. While the message of flowers is typically not a secret in the United States today, there are some meanings associated with flower colors that you should keep in mind.
Red: Red flowers traditionally speak of deep love and passion, but they can have other meanings too. Red flowers can also symbolize courage, respect, admiration and desire. Traditionally, red roses hold the power position for expressions of passion and love and are often presented to lovers and spouses on Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries. White baby’s breath often accompanies red roses to add a touch of romance to the floral bouquet.
Pink: Pink is associated with a mother’s love, but they aren’t limited to gift giving for Mom. Pink flowers also represent unconditional love, gentleness, happiness, femininity and innocence. While pink carnations are a popular gift for Mother’s Day, they are appropriate for young girls too. Pink roses are often included in mixed bouquets or floral arrangements as a symbol of love.
Blue: Blue colored flowers symbolize peace and tranquility and are often included in informal floral arrangements. They are appropriate between friends, colleagues or other associates and send a message to relax and enjoy a stress-free life. The mysterious blue rose is much sought after, but really doesn’t exist in nature. Some roses have a dusky blue cast, but deep blue roses are only the workings of fantasy. The iris is a popular blue flower that can be displayed alone or added to a colorful bouquet of mixed flowers.