The fragile loveliness of flowers, their bright colors, exquisite shapes and fragrant scents have meant they have long been regarded as a symbol of the spiritual self and pure inner beauty.
This is why, apart from enjoying them ourselves, we use flowers as gestures of love, reassurance and sympathy and why we often give them to people we like, love or admire. It is generally in one or other of these contexts that flowers appear in your dreams. When flowers are in bloom their beauty is vibrant and colorful but also fleeting and fragile, because as soon as a flower bursts from its bud into full bloom it is in the process of dying to make way for the next generation of flowers. As such, flowers in dreams can also be symbols of hope and optimism, as well as of the cycle of birth and death.
In his practice, Carl Jung observed that the dreams his patients reported consistently contained geometric shapes, such as circles, squares and triangles. A close look at a flower reveals that it is similarly composed of repeated shapes and patterns, reminiscent of the mandalas used in the Eastern religions that represent the wholeness of the spirit unfolding like a blossoming flower. The Buddha observed that the lilies floating in a pond were in various stages of development, just as each individual is in various stages of spiritual development. Some rose above muddy conditions to thrive whilst others struggled to survive. In helping you discern their particular meaning, the color and condition of the flowers in your dream may be as significant as the flowers themselves. For example, red roses speak of romance and beauty whilst white roses speak of purity, spirit and healing. To dream about new blossoms suggests the opening of the inner self. To dream about a healthy flower represents healthy vitality, and to dream about a wilted flower represents a low energy or life force. Dreaming of an expansive field of beautiful wildflowers may symbolize freedom and uninhibited growth. Flowers growing through concrete or popping up through the snow might symbolize a strong spirit whilst flowers growing in the spring indicate new growth and beginnings. Flowers are often present in dreams of departed loved ones, symbolizing the natural cycle of life and death. Reflect upon the personal significance of the flower to determine its meaning in your dream. Take note, too, if the flowers have unusual colors; a friend giving you green roses, for example, may be jealous of your romantic attachments. See also COLORS; NATURE AND THE SEASONS; SHAPES; TREES.
FLOWERS IN BLOOM
Flowers that are blossoming in dreams may symbolize the flowering of an idea or new relationship, or that a new phase in your life has begun. According to Freud, flowers are a female symbol, because of their cup-shaped blossoms and because a bee enters them in order to fertilize them. A flower in male dreams may therefore represent women in general or a particular woman. They can also represent an idea that has been fertilized in your mind. Pink or white blossom may also be a symbol of innocence in a dream and if the image of blossom fluttering down to the grass appears, this may signify the passing of innocence. When interpreting your dream, remember that a bloom is a plant’s reproductive structure, the carpel containing the female reproductive organ, and the stamen the male. So if your dreaming mind focused on a flower, the reference may also be sexual. And if the flower that bloomed in your dream was one that you recognize, its personal or symbolic meaning may have further relevance for you in waking life.
If, in your dream, the flowers were particularly colorful, this signifies kindness, compassion, gentleness, pleasure, beauty, and gain. Your dream may be an expression of love, joy and happiness. The colors of your dream flower may also be significant, as would their shape. Alternatively, dream flowers may denote a particular time, season or day of special significance to the dreamer or may relate to a specific sign of the Zodiac (see box on page 247). Keywords: Symbolic of beauty and inner development, puberty, coming into flower, seeing the beauty in a situation, violating, plundering or removing innocence and beauty from something, deflowering it, a homonym for flour.
In general, cultivated flowers symbolize how we can influence and control our development, whilst wild flowers and weeds symbolize spontaneity and how nature’s abundance comes in all shapes and varieties. If you were planting flowers in rows in a garden or see formally arranged flowers in a flower bed, this could be suggesting that your life is a little too organized and lacking in spontaneity. Although it could also indicate that your personal life needs putting in order, in general flowers appearing in a dream garden suggest that your life lacks vibrancy and you are too preoccupied with the practical business of earning a living. A dream of an inviting, flower-filled garden scene may be encouraging your waking self to relax. If you dreamed that you were lounging lazily in a garden surrounded by flower-filled borders, your unconscious may have been mirroring your sense of
Zodiac signs and flowers Zodiac Sign - Dates - Flower AQUARIUS - 20 Jan.-18 Feb. - Daffodil and Primrose
PISCES - 19 Feb.-20 Mar. - Freesia and Cineraria
ARIES - 21 Mar.-20 Apr. - Tulip and Calceolaria
TAURUS - 21 Apr.-20 May - Iris and Hydrangea
GEMINI - 21 May-20 Jun. - Alstromeria and Geranium
CANCER - 21 Jun.-21 Jul. - Rose and Gloxinia
LEO - 22 Jul.-21 Aug. - Carnation and Begonia
VIRGO - 22 Aug.-22 Sep. - Gladiolus and Chrysanthemum
LIBRA - 23 Sep.-22 Oct. - Dahlia and Cyclamen
SCORPIO - 23 Oct.-21 Nov. - Gerbera and African Violet
SAGITTARIUS - 22 Nov.-20 Dec. - Anemone and Azalea
CAPRICORN - 21 Dec.-19 Jan. Chrysanthemum and Poinsettia
satisfaction with your waking life but also may have been encouraging you to take the time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
If the flowers in the garden are dead, wilting or attacked by a worm or grub, this conveys a message of regret and danger. If flowers are strewn across your garden, your house or even yourself, this suggests that your life contains a great deal of pleasure and fulfillment. If you were watering or feeding the flowers in the garden or anywhere else in your dream, this suggests that you need to work on a relationship. Did you dream that your garden suddenly became parched and you were rushing to find water to feed the flowers? If this was the case, perhaps a dream like this is implying that you need to pay more attention to those around you, as your close personal relationships-symbolized by the drought-stricken flowers-are in urgent need of nourishment and rejuvenation.
GIVING AND RECEIVING FLOWERS
If you dream of sending someone flowers or presenting or receiving flowers or a bouquet, try to identify who the other person in the dream is. It may be someone you admire, love or respect, someone from whom you desire admiration, love or respect, or someone who has more regard for you than you realize. According to dream-lore, to dream that you receive a bouquet of flowers represents respect, approval, admiration and reward. If you can’t identify the person in your dream, this suggests that your self-esteem needs a boost. A garland of flowers given or received has similar, though more formal, associations. If you are sending or receiving a wreath of flowers, this may be connected with feelings of guilt, hostility of loss that you need come to terms with. If you are giving dead flowers in your dream, this represents something you want cut out of your life because you no longer have anything more than dead feelings towards it.
WILD, CUT OR ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS
In dreams, wild flowers represent freedom, freshness and natural beauty, symbolizing a disregard for the highly organized beauty of artificial flower beds or plastic flowers. If many flowers are growing in your dream, this indicates feelings of wellbeing and optimism. The opposite will be the case if the flowers are dying or wilting. Do nature’s simple charms have great meaning for you, with your dream of wild flowers indicating the need for a simpler life? Or do you feel you are about to flower and fulfill your potential? Dreamers picking wild flowers may be turning away from their partner.
Cut flowers are unable to give pleasure in their natural setting and therefore may suggest artificiality and appearance over substance. Because flowers are a symbol of sexuality, fake or artificial flowers in a dream may suggest that those whom you think of as friends are actually showing you a false face or persona. On the other hand, flowers in a vase suggest a showcasing of your inner beauty or something that facilitates your personal development. If you were arranging flowers in a vase or in a floral arrangement, try to remember if you did so carelessly or with great care. The positioning of flowers in dream floral arrangements can indicate how we unconsciously relate to others. If your arrangement was artless or careless, you have a casual approach to relationships with others that may leave others feeling unimportant to you. If you took extreme care with the arrangement, this can either indicate a positive, caring approach to relationships with others or controlling and manipulative tendencies. And if dried flowers appeared in your dream, this suggests that past relationships may be more important to you than the people with whom you are currently interacting in waking life.
WITHERED OR DEAD FLOWERS
To see withered or dead flowers in your dream denotes disappointments and gloomy situations. You may not be utilizing your full potential and talents. If you receive wilted blooms in dreamland as a gift from someone you know, think about the nature of your relationship with that person; your unconscious might have detected that the relationship is weakening. Similarly, if you are pricked by a hidden thorn in a bunch of roses given by colleague who was congratulating you in a dream scenario, is it possible that they are concealing real feelings of resentment towards you in waking life? If you gave a bunch of dead flowers to a difficult or strict former schoolteacher, could this highlight your extreme dislike of that person? To see flowers blooming in barren soil, however, signifies that your energy and cheerful nature will enable you to overcome your grievances.
The anatomy of a flower
If you dream of flower-buds in the middle of winter, your unconscious may be mirroring your longing for spring and warmth. It might relate to a budding relationship, a potential talent waiting to be developed, or to someone close to you. The unconscious can sometimes use buds or seeds to symbolize unborn children, the potential germination of an idea. If you picked or nipped your bud this could be urging you to nip something in the bud. If the bud looked plump and ready to flower this could mirror a potential development in your life. To recap: a flower-bud represents new beginnings and your potential, whilst an opening or blossoming flower indicates development and fulfillment. So, a magnificent bloom could reflect your sense of satisfaction and fulfillment at having realized your potential? If you feel that you are past your prime, a bloom that is losing its petals may echo your sense of regret and loss.
A flower bulb is likely to indicate something that can expand and express its magnificence. It refers to the budding of talent in your life, or the realization of future plans.
Petals are a magnified emphasis of the presented flower. They can celebrate a marriage or unity of any kind. The shape or number of petals reflect a flowering aspect or the displaying of true colors. Petals falling from a flower may represent making way for a new phase.
Pollen indicates elements in your life that enhance positive aspects, although it can also be associated with irritation for hay fever sufferers.
Seeds reflect the potential of a new beginning or growth. If you scatter seed on barren earth, you may be wasting your energy on something. Seeds can represent sperm or the ovum, although botanically, pollen is the equivalent of sperm.
The stalk represents the supporting factor of an element or issue. Is it healthy and strong, or weak and thin?
Thorns on your body may symbolize feeling a need to protect yourself, something to be avoided or merely ‘a thorn in your side’. For a Christian, thorns may suggest sacrifice and eventual redemption.
Individual Flower Meanings
If a specific type of flower appears in your dream, the first step on your road to interpreting it is to find out whether it awakens a personal association. For example, daisies may trigger happy memories of childhood when you spent hours in the sunshine with your friends making daisy chains, whereas lilies may trigger unhappy memories because they bedecked a loved one’s funeral. If, however, the flower in your dream evoked no special memory, then your unconscious may have tapped into the universal symbolism associated with certain flowers. In past times, each individual flower had a traditional meaning and your unconscious may be accessing this knowledge to illustrate a point or convey a message to you. This is especially true if you are given flowers or are giving flowers to another person.
If you are intrigued by the possibility that a specific flower in your dream may be sending you a message, the information below may help. It might also be worth researching the medicinal, historical and secular associations of the flower, as well as its spiritual symbolism. Another tip is to take the name of the dream flower into consideration as your dreaming mind may, for example, have featured a rose to remind you of a special friend called Rose, or if you dreamed of a bleeding heart wilting, is someone close to you heading for a broken heart? Don’t forget, however, that a specific flower may have individual meanings for you, so if the emphasis in your dream seems to be on one particular species, try to recognize any possible personal connections first.
Anemones are known as wind flowers and are named after the Greek god of the wind, Anemos. The red anemone is said to have sprung from the spot where a drop of blood fell from the god Adonis, who represents death and rebirth. In dreams this represents mental awareness/acuity.
Bluebells thrive in woodlands and, like all flowers with bells, they represent the bringing of news to the dreamer; before the introduction of modern communication systems, bells were traditionally rung throughout Europe to announce news.
Often associated with the carefree days of childhood buttercups with their bright yellow head represent simple pleasures and the shining optimism of the golden sun.
In dreams, the carnation may refer to passion but is more likely to refer to the part of yourself that is socially correct and overly concerned about appearances.
The chrysanthemum is an autumnal flower and its petals evoke the rays of the sun. If this flower appears in your dream, it may suggest longevity and mature wisdom. In traditional Chinese belief, the chrysan-themum also symbolizes the virtue of scholarly retirement, so your unconscious may have been urging you to study harder for an exam that you may be facing in the real world. On the other hand, because the chrysanthemum appears on Japan’s imperial crest, does Japan hold any significance for you?
This three-leaved plant evokes feelings of well-being and security, as suggested by the phrase ‘living in clover’. A four-leaved clover is a universal symbol of good luck and if it appears in a dream, it may reveal optimism or overreliance on chance.
As cornflowers are a delicious shade of blue, the color symbolism may suggest calmness and serenity. On the other hand, cornflowers are often presented as dried flowers, suggesting that an aspect of the dreamer’s life has been crushed, damaged or destroyed.
The cheerful yellow petals of the daffodil bring brightness to spring, when it is one of the first flowers to appear, showing that winter is over. Because of this it is a symbol of hope and renewal. Therefore if a daffodil appears in your dream, you may be entering a new phase of your life. On the other hand, you may urgently need an injection of cheerfulness and optimism to brighten your life. The smaller form of daffodil, traditionally known as the narcissus, warns against self-centeredness and not to confuse shadow for substance.
Plucking petals from a daisy may indicate being undecided or unsure of something. It can also indicate a need to lighten up, or it may be slang for a homosexual or something that is excellent. On the other hand, daisies are often regarded as childhood flowers; if they appear as daisy chains, bracelets or necklaces, it may suggest a desire for the security and innocence of childhood. Another interpretation indicates that something is dead, buried or needing to be released, as in pushing up the daisies.
A symbol of lovers or friends who are separated, the forget-me-not relates to your personal relationships. Do you feel that a lover or friend has been less interested than normal or is neglecting you?
The elegant foxglove is known as the flower of insincerity. Within the bright exterior of the foxglove is a substance called digitalis, a natural heart stimulant that is used as a cardiac medicine but can kill if given in high doses. This is why the foxglove is sometimes called dead man’s fingers. Do you need some form of stimulation for the heart? Foxgloves are also called finger flowers because the flowers are like the fingers of a glove. When you dream of foxglove, think of the significance of a glove; a glove can protect, as well as conceal, a hand. Is there something you are trying to keep hidden? You should also consider the symbolism of the fox. Are you being stealthily or crafty in pursuit of your desires, or are you foxed or puzzled about anything at the moment?
The geranium is a symbol of a renewed sense of optimism, so if you dream of one, a recent quarrel may not be as serious as you originally thought.
In Greek mythology, the gods let down a bridge or rainbow between earth and heaven so that the goddess Iris of the rainbow could act as a go-between to ease discord between men and gods. Dreams of irises may therefore be referring to your role as a peacemaker or the need for you to make peace with someone. In addition, the iris is often depicted as a fleur-de-lis, a symbol of France that shares the symbolism of the lily, indicating purity, peace and resurrection. The tall stem and swordlike leaves of the iris add male sexuality to the female bloom; as a result, the Iris is often associated with the animus or masculine aspect of femininity. The common yellow iris is often called the flag iris. If you dream of a yellow iris, it may mean that you want to call attention to, or flag, something about which you are concerned. On the other hand, does your dream iris refer to the iris in your eye? Are you seeing clearly what is going on around you?
If you dreamed of a lily, you may associate it with a wedding (where it denotes hope and innocence) or a funeral (where it denotes mourning); in dreams, lilies are also associated with purity, peace and rebirth. It is the sacred flower of all the virgin goddesses in mythology. Christ told the Jews that Solomon, their monarch, dressed in all his sumptuous finery, could not equal the majesty of the lilies and told them to consider the lilies of the field-beautiful but unadorned. The beautiful white arum lily is associated with death or transformation. Lily of the valley, also known as fairy bells, was associated with witches as it was used for healing, so your dream could be linked to some form of healing. If you dream of lilies in a church, could they be linked to a wedding or a funeral? Or does the image you need to project in waking life need to be more elegant, cool and remote? On the other hand, they may also indicate being lily-livered or cowardly.
The lotus or water lily was regarded in ancient Egyptian mythology as the primal flower, the source of creation. In Buddhism, it is the symbol of the individual’s spiritual development, of consciousness rising from the muddy depths of ignorance and opening to the full glory of enlightenment. The Buddhist thousand-petalled lotus symbolizes the final revelation and enlightenment. Both associations may apply to a dream of this flower. The dream may refer to a spiritual transformation or to a birth within. Are you using all aspects of your creative power or does you dream lotus inspire renewed interest in spirituality? Does it suggest the lotus position from yoga to you? A lotus fruit may also represent being forgetful.
The orchid derives its name from the minor Greek God Orchis, meaning testicle; as a result, the orchid is often considered to be a symbol of fertility. Its fragile beauty has also made it an image of perfection, admiration and wealth, evoking feelings of sexuality in dreams. Consider also the riches and beauty surrounding you. Do your dream orchids symbolize a sexual relationship? Orchids need great care if they are to flower-and if they do, the flowers may last for months on end-so do you feel that, like an orchid, a relationship of a project of yours needs special care to reach its full potential?
The pansy, also called Cupid’s delight, love in idleness and heartsease, represents undying love.
The poppy is a symbol of death and regeneration. Remembrance Sunday is known as Poppy Day in Britain because people wear plastic or paper poppies as an act of remembrance for those compatriots who have died serving their country in war. In the United States, Veteran’s Day serves the same purpose and people likewise wear poppies for remembrance. Sleep and unconsciousness are also associated with the poppy. This is because opium, from which morphine and heroin is made, is extracted from the unripe seed-head of the opium poppy. Are you in need of rest and relaxation? Are you getting enough sleep? Because the poppy produces an abundance of seeds, the flower is also associated with fertility and new beginnings.
The rose is universally used to symbolize love and passion. As the flower of many goddesses, it also suggests femininity, beauty and fertility. In dreams, roses typically suggest romance, given that they symbolize your heart, the love and beauty that you hold within and your inner rose. Common everyday idioms might point to other general interpretations. To be in a ‘bed of roses’ can indicate a situation of ease, luxury or comfort; to do something ‘under the rose’ suggests a meeting conducted privately or secretly; ‘smelling the roses’ hints at an appreciation of beauty, whilst ‘coming up roses’ might mean a good outcome or a prosperous turnout. Be sensitive to the different meanings that both roses and colors have in different countries or regions. White roses are generally thought of as symbols of purity and virginity, so if you dream of them it may represent a yearning for innocence. But white is also the shade of mourning in many parts of Asia, so for some dreamers the image may provoke the quite different feelings of loss or bereavement. The red rose may symbolize desire and passion, but it is also the national flower of England, although both the white rose and the mixed white and red Tudor rose are sometimes used as well. In the United States, different roses have very different functions: yellow roses are given for friendship, white roses are the flowers of weddings, whilst red roses are appropriate at funerals.
Symbolic meaning of roses
Red rose: love and respect
Yellow rose: joy and friendship
White rose: innocence, purity, and secrecy. (Hint: When it’s time to propose marriage, choose an all-white bouquet to show the purity of your intentions and add some ivy to express your promise of fidelity.)
Dark pink rose: thankfulness
Pale pink rose: grace and joy (these flowers are particularly suited for newborns and weddings)
Light peach rose: modesty
Coral rose: desire
Orange rose: fascination
Roses, their constituent parts and the places they grow can therefore suggest a host of often contradictory meanings. A rose garden is a symbol of paradise, so if you dream of being in a rose garden, this may indicate happiness in your waking life. Roses, however, also possess thorns. In dreams, a rose with thorns may indicate a thorny problem with which you need to grapple to gain the reward promised by the rose. In this context, a dream of thorny roses may indicate conflict within a romantic relationship. Does a fragment of your dream conceal a thorn or danger that is a threat to you? Finally, if you are given roses in a dream, consider their number and color. Twelve red roses may be a sign that the giver is in love with you.
One of the first flowers of spring, the dainty white snowdrop symbolizes hope, new life and fresh opportunities after a period of darkness. In Victorian Britain, the snowdrop was called the flower of friendship because it pushes through the snow each spring, acting as a sign that winter is coming to an end. If a snowdrop appears in your dream, could this represent a glimmer of hope after a difficult time? Have you been unwell and are you finally feeling better now?
A symbol of the sun, and representing prosperity, abundance and brightness, the sunflower may indicate your inner light, joy or self-expression in a dream. However, as the sunflower always turns in the direction of the sun, it may also indicate an overreliance on the advice and guidance of others. Along with the lotus, however, this flower is most often associated with insight, intuition and optimism.
Dream it with flowers
In Victorian America and Europe, flowers were attributed with specific meanings by young men and women who used them during courtship to send messages to each other, whether in a forthright manner or by more clandestine means. Straightforward romantic or poetic thoughts were conveyed by the presentation of a single bloom, whilst lengthier messages were communicated by larger arrangements.
Love and happiness were not the only feelings expressed by these floral epistles. Infidelity, jealousy, disdain and rejection were also expressed by a suitably chosen bloom. Whilst a simple flower may have been sent to a young lady to propose marriage, another seemingly innocuous blossom may have been sent in response, telling the gentleman caller to ‘get lost’. The color of the flower was extremely significant; to cite a few examples, red usually meant love, yellow indicated friendship, lavender suggested enchantment, and orange fascination.
As far as dream interpretation goes, the list of meanings is seemingly endless, as nearly every flower has been attributed with a specific meaning at some point in time. In Victorian times, the range of available flowers was limited, and so certain flowers had specific meanings; today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules-it’s the sentiment and personal association that gives the flower meaning to you in a dream. For those interested in the historic or generally accepted meanings of flowers, the list below has been compiled from a variety of different sources, including the American Society of Florists.
Historic and generally accepted meanings of flowers
Acacia: concealed love, chaste love
Agapanthis: secret love
Amaryllis: pride, drama
Ambrosia: your love is returned
Anemone: sincerity, fragility
Apple blossom: promises
Arbutus: Thee only do I love
Aster: symbol of love, daintiness, contentment
Azalea: take care of yourself for me, abundance, symbol of womanhood (China)
Baby’s breath: festivity
Bachelor’s button: anticipation
Begonia: deep thoughts
Bells of Ireland: good luck
Black-eyed Susan: encouragement
Caladium: great joy, delight
Camellia (general): graciousness, good-luck gift for a man
Camellia (pink): passionate longing
Camellia (red): a flame in the heart
Camellia (white): admiration
Carnation (general): fascination, women, love
Carnation (pink): gratitude, I’ll never forget you
Carnation (purple): caprice, whimsy
Carnation (red): passion, drama, admiration
Carnation (solid color): affirmation
Carnation (striped): refusal, sorry I can’t be with you, wish I could be with you
Carnation (white): sweetness and loveliness, innocence, pure love, remembrance, woman’s good-luck gift
Carnation (yellow): cheerful for all occasions (except in matters of the heart, when it means rejection)
Cattail: peace, prosperity
Chrysanthemum (general): cheerfulness, rest
Chrysanthemum (bronze): excitement
Chrysanthemum (red): sharing
Chrysanthemum (white): truth
Chrysanthemum (yellow): slighted love, secret admirer
Crocus: foresight, cheerfulness, gladness
Cyclamen: resignation, good-bye
Daffodil: chivalry, respect, regard, unrequited love
Daisy: innocence, loyalty, loveliness, purity
Dandelion: faithfulness, happiness
Fern: magic, fascination, confidence, shelter
Flax: domestic symbol
Forget-me-not: true love, good memories
Freesia: full of spirit, trust
Gladioli: sincerity, strength of character, flower of the gladiators
Gloxinia: love at first sight
Heather (lavender): admiration, solitude
Heather (white): protection, wishes will come true
Holly: defense, domestic happiness
Hyacinth (general): sincerity
Hyacinth (blue): constancy
Hyacinth (purple): sorrow
Hyacinth (red/pink): play
Hyacinth (white): loveliness
Hyacinth (yellow): jealousy
Ivy: wedded love, fidelity, friendship, affection
Jasmine: grace and elegance
Jonquil: desire for affection returned
Larkspur: beautiful spirit
Lily (calla): regal beauty
Lily (day): enthusiasm, emblem for mother (China)
Lily (Eucharis): charms
Lily (tiger): wealth, pride
Lily (white): virginity, purity, majesty
Lily (yellow): I’m walking on air
Lily of the valley: sweetness, return to happiness, humility
Monkshood: beware, a deadly foe is near
Moss: maternal love, charity
Myrtle: love, emblem of marriage
Nasturtium: conquest, victory in battle
Orange blossom: innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness
Orange mock: deceit
Orchid (general): love, beauty, refinement, symbol for many children (China)
Orchid (Cattleya): mature charm
Palm leaves: victory, success
Passion flower: burning passion
Peony: healing, happy life, happy marriage
Petunia: resentment, anger
Pine: hope, pity
Poppy (general): eternal sleep, consolation, imagination
Poppy (red): pleasure
Poppy (white): consolation
Poppy (yellow): wealth, success
Primrose (evening): inconstancy
Queen Anne’s lace: delicate femininity
Rose (bridal): happiness, love
Rose (dark crimson): mourning
Rose (Hibiscus): delicate beauty
Rose (leaf): you may hope
Rose (pink): friendship
Rose (red): love, I love you
Rose (tea): I’ll remember always
Rose (thornless): love at first sight
Rose (white): innocence and purity
Rose (white and red mixed): unity, flower emblem of England
Rose (yellow): decrease of love, jealousy
Rosebud (general): beauty and youth
Rosebud (moss): confessions of love
Rosebud (red): pure and lovely
Rosebud (white): girlhood
Roses (bouquet of mature blooms): gratitude
Roses (single full bloom): I love you, I still love you
Spider flower: run away with me
Star of Bethlehem: hope
Stephanotis: happiness in marriage, desire to travel
Stock: bonds of affection, you’ll always be beautiful to me
Sunflower: pride, sunshine, adoration
Sweetpea: shyness, thank you for a lovely time
Tulip (general): love, flower emblem of Holland
Tulip (pink): caring
Tulip (purple): royalty
Tulip (red): declaration of love
Tulip (variegated): beautiful eyes
Tulip (white): forgiveness
Tulip (yellow): passionate longing
Violet (general): modesty, faithfulness
Violet (blue): watchfulness, faithfulness, I’ll always be true
Violet (white): adventure, risk taking
Wisteria: welcome, steadfast
Zinnia (magenta): lasting affection, thoughts of friends
Zinnia (mixed): thinking (or in memory) of an absent friend
Zinnia (scarlet): constancy
Zinnia (white): goodness
Zinnia (yellow): daily remembrance
The colorful tulip is a symbol of fertility. It is the emblem of the Turkish House of Osman and the national flower of Holland, where over 5000 varieties are grown for export all over the world. In Chinese symbolism, the tulip is associated with harmony and refinement, often suggesting the perfect man. If a tulip appears in your dream, is this a sign that you need more color in your life? Or are there links with Holland, Turkey or China in your dream?