Anniversary Flowers and Their Meanings
For thousands of years, meanings have been attached to flowers by many different cultures. Some of those meanings are still considered relevant today and are associated with the years of anniversaries.
Though the most important meaning is the thought behind each floral gift, flowers selected for their traditional symbolism and historical significance can speak to the recipient in a special way.
In anniversary flowers, this tradition is taken even further by assigning particular flowers to each year of marriage. Though flower meanings vary from culture to culture.
Anniversary Flowers by Year
I have put together a list of anniversary flowers and what each flower symbolizes. Here are a few favorite flower choices for anniversaries to help you express your love throughout the years. This is just something fun to consider if you want to buy a special anniversary bouquet.
Cosmos – Modesty
Lily of the Valley – Happiness, purity of heart, humility, devotion
Fuschia – Taste
Sunflower – Strength, warmth, nourishment. Signifies a ‘Devout admirer’
Geranium – Comfort, gentility
Hydrangea – Gratefulness, pride, appreciation
Daisy – Innocence, loyal love, ‘I’ll never tell’, purity. ‘You have as many virtues as this flower has petals’
Calla/Calla Lilies – Magnificent beauty, transition, growth
Freesia – Trust, fidelity, honorable love. The antidote to the proverbial thought that the seventh year brings restlessness
Jack in the Pulpit
Clematis – Clever, intellectual
Lilac – ‘The emotions of young love’
Poppy – Imagination
Bird of Paradise – Magnificence, splendor. ‘Celebrating the unexpected side of romance’
Daffodil – Regard, rebirth, unrequited love, chivalry. ‘You’re the only one’
Peony – Good life, happy marriage, prosperity
Hollyhock – Ambition, fruitfulness
Chrysanthemum -Abundance, loveliness, fidelity
Orchid – Love, beauty, wisdom, thoughtfulness
Rose – Love, passion, perfection. Roses have been a symbol of love since ancient times
Aster – Patience, elegance. Known as the ‘Talisman of Love’
Day Lily – Coquetry
Iris – Promise, faith, hope, wisdom, valor. Also, ‘My compliments’ and, ‘Your friendship means so much to me’
Orchid – Love, beauty, wisdom, thoughtfulness, luxury, strength, refinement, and affection
Lily – Devotion, pride, beauty
Sweet Pea – Lasting pleasure, blissful pleasure. Also, ‘Thank you for a lovely time’ and, ‘I think of you’
Nasturtium – Conquest, victory in battle
Gladiolus – Sword. Also, ‘You pierce my heart’
All flowers express love and caring, and some have special flower meanings to help you convey just the right message. So, whether you choose a particular flower based on its traditional symbolism, a special memory, or just your own personal style, you’re always sure to find a beautiful way to express your love with flowers.
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