Flowers for Valentine’s Day

You might think you know what the flowers you give/receive on St Valentine’s Day mean, for instance ‘I love you,’ but what message do they really convey?

We consulted Flora Symbolica: The Language and Sentiment of Flowers, a Victorian oracle on such matters, to find out.

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* Anemones – withered hopes; forsaken
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* Daffodils – unrequited love

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* Hyacinths (purple) – sorrowful


* Hyacinths (white) – unobtrusive loveliness

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* Jonquil (small narcissus) – I desire a return of affection


* Lily (white) – purity and sweetness

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* Ranunculus – you are radiant with charms


* Roses, deep red – bashful shame


* Roses, white – I am worthy of you

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* Roses, yellow – decrease of love; jealousy

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* Snowdrops – hope; a friend in need


* Tuberose – dangerous pleasures


* Tulips – a declaration of love


* Wallflower – fidelity in adversity