February is here, and as the new month begins, there’s only one thing in our minds: Valentine’s Day! It’s the perfect time for pampering our beloved friends and partners with some chocolate, cute jewelry and, of course, a beautiful bouquet of flowers!

Flowers are especially cherished, since giving them to a loved one is considered universally as one of the most romantic gestures in the world.  But did you know the color and shape of each type of flower can convey a different message to the person who receives it?

Thinking about sending a bouquet to your better half? Read on, and discover the meaning behind the 5 most popular Valentine’s Day flowers!

 

The meaning behind the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers #5: Daisies

Daisies are sweet plants, similar to sunflowers, with lovely bright hues. Their lively look represents beauty, cheerfulness and innocence, so it’s perfect for someone with a happy personality, and Gerbera Daisies are particularly popular due to their large shape.

Although white is the most well-known color, representing purity, they can also be found in yellow, which conveys joyfulness; and pink or red, which signifies love.

 

The meaning behind the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers #4: Lilies

Is your better half an extremely elegant and classy person? The perfect flower to convey just that is the lily. Although they can be expensive, lilies are sophisticated flowers which will look great on a Valentine’s Day bouquet –although be careful if you’re giving it to a pet owner! It’s extremely toxic to cats!

The white lily is the most popular, as it represents purity and class, while another esteemed variety is the Alstroemeria, a Peruvian lily with striking hues and eye-catching petals. Colorful lilies can also represent fertility and sexuality, so keep it in mind when planning your bouquet.

 

The meaning behind the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers #3: Carnations

Cute and perky! Carnations are lovely small flowers with ruffled petals that have grown in popularity due to their wide variety of colors and affordability. Carnations are perfect for representing a new love or a deep admiration towards the recipient.

These cute flowers can be multicolored, and according to its different hues they can also symbolize different things:

  • Pink: eternal love, gratitude
  • Red: deep admiration
  • Purple: Capriciousness
  • White: sweetness, innocence, good luck
  • Yellow: cheerfulness

Also, keep in mind that a striped carnation signifies rejection, so skip them if you don’t want to send the wrong message.

 

The meaning behind the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers #2: Tulips

Looking for something exotic but elegant and affordable? Tulips are lovely flowers typical from the Netherlands, with six petals that can be found in a wide array of different hues, meaning you can always find the perfect color to fit your lover’s personality.

In general, tulips signify comfort and long-lasting feeling, but certain colors can transmit different things:

  • Red: declaration of deep love
  • Yellow: brightness, perfect smile
  • Pink: caring, good wishes
  • Purple: rebirth, royalty
  • Violet: faithfulness
  • White: innocence, forgiveness
  • Multicolor: beautiful eyes     

 

The meaning behind the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers #1: Roses

There’s not a more popular flower on Valentine’s Day than roses. A gorgeous bouquet of these handsome flowers is the ultimate and classic expression of romance, but although many have given these flowers to a loved one, most people don’t know about the unique meanings behind its different shades.

A red rose represents passion, but also respect, and some of the other shades can have even deeper meanings:

  • Coral: desire
  • Pink: admiration, joy
  • Dark pink: thankfulness
  • Lavender: enchantment
  • Red and white: unity
  • White: purity
  • Yellow: friendship

The amount and age of roses also has interesting symbolisms: a single flower means “I love you”, a full bouquet means gratitude; and giving rosebuds signifies youth, beauty and innocence.

 

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