The Language of Flowers (floriography)


Like any other language, the language of flowers conveys a message, using flowers, instead of words. Through the years, people have used flowers to express their feelings to others in many ways and today, some flowers have different meanings. But if we look back, this cryptology stems from the Victorian era (1800s), when it was used as a form of coded communication for restrictive courtship. In Vanessa Diffenbaugh's book "The Language of Flowers", the author includes Victoria's Dictionary of Flower, which brilliantly fusions the traditional victorian flowers with the ones from today. Here are just a few...


Victoria's Dictionary of Flower:


A

Aloe (Aloe vera) . . . Grief

Azalea (Rhododendron) . . . Fragile and ephemeral passion


B

Baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata) . . . Everlasting love

Begonia (Begonia) . . . Caution

Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) . . . Magnificence


C

Cactus (Opuntia) . . . Ardent love

Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) . . . Modesty

Carnation, pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) . . . I will never forget you

Carnation, red (Dianthus caryophyllus) . . . My heart breaks

Carnation, striped (Dianthus caryophyllus) . . . I cannot be with you

Carnation, white (Dianthus caryophyllus) . . . Sweet and lovely

Carnation, yellow (Dianthus caryophyllus) . . . Disdain

Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum) . . . Truth

Cyclamen (Cyclamen) . . . Timid hope


D

Dahlia (Dahlia) . . . Dignity

Daisy (Bellis) . . . Innocence

Daisy, Gerber (Gerbera) . . . Cheerfulness


E

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus) . . . Protection


F

Fern (Polypodiophyta) . . . Sincerity

Fig (Ficus carica) . . . Argument

Freesia (Freesia) . . . Lasting friendship


G

Gardenia (Gardenia) . . . Refinement

Geranium, oak-leaf (Pelargonium) . . . True friendship

Geranium, pencil-leaf (Pelargonium) . . . Ingenuity

Geranium, scarlet (Pelargonium) . . . Stupidity

Geranium, wild (Pelargonium) . . . Steadfast piety


H

Hibiscus (Hibiscus) . . . Delicate beauty

Hyacinth, blue (Hyacinthus orientalis) . . . Constancy

Hyacinth, purple (Hyacinthus orientalis) . . . Please forgive me

Hyacinth, white (Hyacinthus orientalis) . . . Beauty

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) . . . Dispassion


I

Iris (Iris) . . . Message

Ivy (Hedera helix) . . . Fidelity


J

Jasmine, Carolina (Gelsemium sempervirens) . . . Separation

Jasmine, Indian (Jasminum multiflorum) . . . Attachment

Jasmine, white (Jasminum officinale) . . . Amiability

Jonquil (Narcissus jonquilla) . . . Desire


L

Lavender (Lavandula) . . . Mistrust

Lilac (Syringa) . . . First emotions of love

Lily (Lilum) . . . Majesty

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) . . . Return of happiness

Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) . . . Purity


M

Mistletoe (Viscum) . . . I surmount all obstacles

Moss (Bryopsida) . . . Maternal love


O

Orchid (Orchidaceae) . . . Refined beauty


P

Peony (Paeonia) . . . Anger

Peppermint (Mentha) . . . Warmth of feeling

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) . . . Be of good cheer


R

Rose, burgundy (Rosa) . . . Unconscious beauty

Rose, moss (Rosa) . . . Confession of love

Rose, orange (Rosa) . . . Fascination

Rose, pale peach (Rosa) . . . Modesty

Rose, pink (Rosa) . . . Grace

Rose, purple (Rosa) . . . Enchantment

Rose, red (Rosa) . . . Love

Rose, white (Rosa) . . . A heart unacquainted with love

Rose, yellow (Rosa) . . . Infidelity


S

Sage (Salvia officinalis) . . . Good health and long life

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) . . . False riches


T

Tulip (Tulipa) . . . Declaration of love


W

Wheat (Triticum) . . . Prosperity


http://www.vanessadiffenbaugh.com/

0 views

follow us

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon

© 2020 by FLEURISTE M

Montreal, QC