The Secretive Language of Flowers

By now you might already know that every flower, plant and herb has its own meaning and hidden messages. Usually it’s the flowers that are used to communicate feelings. And this traditional has been going on since the ancient times. Even before the Industrialization age.

Those were the days that played a huge part in where we are now as a society. A society that uses emojis and flowers to communicate feelings and sentiments. A society that is open enough so that men and women alike can gift flowers to each other without having to deal with any societal conundrums.

We see flowers being used all over the world. But especially in the pop culture. They are filled with hidden meanings of flowers and symbols that they represent.

So in this post, I will uncover the meaning of 3 flowers that you might not know before.

Let’s just jump into it shall we?


  1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers represent adoration and false riches. But the issue with this flower is that its meaning can be easily misunderstood if the person you are sending this flower to, does not already understand your feeling before receiving it.

That is the reason why you don’t see many people gifting these flowers.

But if you already know the person very well, sending a bouquet of sunflowers can be the best flower that you can send.


  1. Coreopsis

I know the name of this flower doesn’t easily slip off the tongue, but Coreopsis represents love at first sight.

But now you might be asking, “Doreen, in what situation will I be able to gift a Coreopsis to someone?”

Good question.

Let’s say that you’re just strolling through the streets and you find a beautiful girl walking by. You fall in love with her beauty.

What do you do next? Do you approach her out of the blue?

Bad idea. Maybe she’s having a bad day, or maybe she needs to be somewhere and you’re in the way. Maybe her friends are waiting for her at Starbucks. Who knows.

The best thing to do in this situation is to gift her this flower and wish her a good day. And then if she wants to, she can share her contact details with you and then you guys can meet up later. If not, you just made her day. It’s a win-win situation.


  1. Carnation

A single pink carnation is the symbol of pure love. You can gift this to your wife or girlfriend during your anniversary or whenever you feel like it. There is no perfect time to show your love. You can do it whenever you want.

A white carnation on the other hand is a symbol of remembered love. These carnations are usually worn on Mother’s Day.

Why Do People Gift Flowers?

For centuries, people have been gifting each other flowers. And even before anyone knew, it became a way of expressing your love and interest in someone else. Typically, a man gives a flower to a woman to show his interest in her. But as a society, we have progressed enough to see women give flowers to men as well.

I don’t think that this tradition will go away anytime soon. In fact, I strongly believe that this tradition will never go away.

Today, flowers have extended their role from just being a way to express your love and desire for someone to something much more than that. Today people gift flowers to their loved ones to celebrate different occasions like an anniversary, a birthday, or even after someone gets a promotion at their job. They celebrate that by gifting flowers.

Not only that, people also use flowers as a way to show sympathy or offer an apology. I bet you would’ve never thought of that (besides watching it in Hollywood movies).

Regardless of the reason why you want to gift flowers, it is a universally accepted concept that people have. And it is a good concept because I have experienced first-hand how hard it can be to choose a gift for someone. And I would rather have the option to choose flowers instead any day of the week.

So to answer your question about why do people gift flowers?

It is because that’s what they know. That’s the way they know to appreciate someone, to celebrate an occasion, and in some cases, to offer sympathy or an apology to someone.

Women love flowers more than anything. And just imagine if your boyfriend was standing at your doorstep with a bouquet of red roses and offering you an apology.

How would you feel?

Pretty special right? And you would also accept his apology because of his kind gesture and being willing to show that he cares about you. And the fact that he is willing to go the extra mile for you, is all you needed to know that he will be by your side during the hard times. And not ignore you like everyone else.

That’s what flowers are all about. They convey feeling, messages more efficiently than words can. With flowers, you don’t need to speak, you just need to show up and everything will go smoothly for you.

It doesn’t matter whether you were fighting with each other, or whether you are a man or a woman. When you see your loved one standing out there with a bouquet of flowers, you will let them in no matter what. And you would be open to making the best of that time.