Flower Names and Meanings
The meaning of flower names is a fascinating way to understand the origins of modern flowers and the connections to their symbolic meanings. See our extensive alphabetical list below of the meaning of flower names.
For identifying photos of flowers and information on their symbolism, please see Find Your Flower. For a quick reference to flowers by symbolic meaning (such as hope, love, etc.), please see our article Find Flowers By Meaning. For information on the symbolic flowers in gardens honoring Mother Mary, see Mary Garden Flower Symbolism. For symbolism related to the colors of popular garden flowers, see Garden FlowerColors and Meanings.
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Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees
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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF FLOWER NAME MEANINGS
Acacia Flower Name
English name derived from the tree name, from Latin acacia, from Greek akakia, meaning "thorny Egyptian tree."(Photo courtesy of JoJan, Wikimedia Commons) Learn about acacia symbolism.
Alyssum Flower Name
English variant spelling of Spanish Alicia, meaning "noble sort." Also from Latin alyssum and Greek alysson, meaning "not rabies," as the plant was believed to cure rabies. (Photo courtesy of Manfred Morgner, Wikimedia Commons) See flower meaning.
Amaranth Flower Name
Feminine form of Latin Amaranthus, meaning "unfading." (Photo courtesy of Wildfeuer, Wikimedia Commons)
Amaryllis Flower Name
English name derived from the flower name amaryllis, from Greek amarysso, meaning "to sparkle." (Photo courtesy of Digigalos, Wikimedia Commons) Learn amaryllis flower meaning.
Anemone Flower Name
Greek name derived from the word anemos, meaning "wind." In mythology, this is the name of a wind nymph. (Photo courtesy of Wildfeuer, Wikimedia Commons)
Aster Flower Name
Aster is from the Greek word for "star". Asters are believed to have healing properties. Learn more about aster flowers.
Azalea Flower Name
English name derived from the name of the flower, from the Greek word azaleos, meaning "dry." Learn more about azaleas.
Camellia Flower Name
English name derived from the Latin name of the flowering evergreen shrub, camellia, named after the Czech-born missionary/botanist George Josef Kamel, from the word kamel, meaning "camel." Learn more about camellias here.
Carnation Flower Name
English name derived from the flower name, from French carnation, meaning "complexion," from Italian carnagione, meaning "flesh-colored." Learn more about carnations.
Chrysanthemum Flower Name
Feminine form of Greek Chrysanthos, meaning "golden flower." Japanese emperors sat on the Chrysanthemum throne. Learn more about chrysanthemum symbolism here.
Clematis Flower Name
English name derived from the name of the flowering vine clematis from Greek klema, meaning "branch or brushwood." Find out more about clematis flower meaning. (Photo courtesy of Ulf Eliasson, Wikimedia Commons)
Columbine Flower Name
English name derived from the plant name columbine, from Late Latin columbina, meaning "verbina" or "dovelike," so-called because when inverted the flower resembles a cluster of doves. Learn about columbine symbolism. (Photo courtesy of Ram-Man, Wikimedia Commons)
Daffodil Flower Name
English name derived from the flower name, from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, meaning "asphodel flower." In Greek mythology, it is described as a pale yellow deathless kind of lily flower that overspreads the plains of Hades and is the favorite food of the dead. More about daffodil symbolism.
Dahlia Flower Name
The English name is derived from the flower name, from the surname of Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, meaning "valley," hence "dahlia flower" or "valley flower." More about dahlia symbolism.
Daisy Flower Name
The English name is derived from the flower name, from Old English dægeseage, "day's eye." Read more about daisies.
Delphinium Flower Name
French form of Latin Delphinia, meaning "woman from Delphi." Because of its association with the "delphinium," this name is sometimes given as a flower name. More about delphinium flower symbolism.
Edelweiss Flower Name
The name comes from German edel (meaning noble) and weiss (meaning white). Learn more about edelweiss flower symbolism.
Fern: Meaning of Name
The English name is derived from the vocabulary word fern, from Old English fear meaning "fern," a type of leafy plant. The name was first used in the 19th century when flower, plant or other "dainty" names were popular. More about fern symbolism.
Gardenia Flower Name
The English name is derived from the flower name, meaning simply "garden flower." Learn about gardenia flower symbolism.
Gentian Flower Name
Feminine form of Albanian Genti, meaning "gentian flower" or "(well)-born." (Photo courtesy of Twdragon, Wikimedia Commons)
Hyacinth Flower Name
The name is derived from the Latin form of Greek hyakinthos. In Greek mythology, this is the name of a youth loved by Apollo who accidentally killed him, after which the hyacinth flower sprouted from his blood. More about hyacinth flower symbolism.
Iris Flower Name
Greek name meaning "rainbow." In mythology, this is the name of a rainbow goddess. In use by the English as a feminine name, and by the Jews as a unisex name. Learn more about iris flowers here.
Jasmine Flower Name
The English name is derived from the Persian yasmin, meaning "jasmine flower," a plant in the olive family and the masculine form is Jasmin. Learn more about jasmine flower symbolism.
Jonquil Flower Name
Daffodils are also known by the English name derived from the Latin juncus, meaning "rush." Also known as daffodil. Learn more about daffodils.
Lavender Flower Name
English color and flower name derived from the vocabulary word, from Anglo-Saxon lavendre, from Late Latin lavendula which may ultimately derive from lividus, meaning "bluish, livid." Since 1840, the word has had the meaning "pale purple." (Photo courtesy of Captain-tucker, Wikimedia Commons)
Lilac Flower Name
English woman's name is derived from the name of this flowering bush. A pale purple color is generally known as lilac after the flower. More about lilac symbolism.
Lotus Flower Name
The English name is derived from the flower name, from Latin lotus, from Greek lotos, a name for various kinds of plants before it came to designate the Egyptian "white lotus." The Greek word may ultimately come from Hebrew lowt, meaning "covering, veil." More about lotus flower symbolism.
Magnolia Flower Name
English name derived from the name of the flowering tree. Learn about magnolia flower symbolism.
Marigold Flower Name
The English name is derived from the flower name, composed of the name Mary meaning "the Mother Ray" and the word "gold." Read more about marigolds.
Narcissus Flower Name
Latin form of Greek Narkissos, possibly meaning "numbness; sleep." In mythology, this is the name of a vain youth who fell in love with his own reflection and eventually was turned into a kind of lily or daffodil flower known as the narkissos. Learn about narcissus flower symbolism.
Nasturtium Flower Name
Nasturtium flower's botanical name, Tropaeolum majus, is Latin for trophy, a warlike reference. Learn about nasturtium flower symbolism.
Orchid Flower Name
The English name is derived from the flower name, from Greek orkhis, meaning "testicle," from Proto-Indo-European orghi-, the base root for for the word "testicle." The plant was given this name because of the shape of its root. Read more about orchids.
Pansy Flower Name
English name derived from the flower name, from the Old French word pensee, meaning "thought." Learn more about pansy symbolism.
Peony Flower Name
The English name is derived from the flower name, peony, which was named after the physician god Paeon because the flower was formerly used in medicine. Learn more about peony symbolism.
Petunia Flower Name
English name derived from the flower name, from French petun, an obsolete word for the tobacco plant. Learn more about petunia symbolism.
Poppy Flower Name
English name derived from the flower name, from Latin papaver, which may be a reduplication of the base *pap-, meaning "to swell." Read more about poppies here.
Primrose Flower Name
English name derived from the flower name, from Latin prima rosa meaning "first rose." (Photo courtesy of Stan Shebs, Wikimedia Commons)
Rhododendron Flower Name
Greek name meaning "rose." In the bible, this is the name of a servant in the house of Mary. Learn more about rhododendron flower symbolism.
Roses Flower Name
This name was in use throughout the Middle Ages (long before herb and flower names became popular) and probably originated as a short form of longer Germanic names containing the word hrod, meaning "horse." Read more about roses here.
Saffron Flower Name
English name derived from the name of the spice which comes from the crocus flower, ultimately from Arabic aṣfar, meaning "yellow."(Photo courtesy of Nick Perla, Wikimedia Commons)
The name "sunflower" originates from the Greek helios meaning "sun" and anthos meaning "flower," since these flowers always turn towards the sun. Learn more about sunflowers in our article Sunflower Meaning, History and Uses.
Flower Names and Meanings
Tulips Flower Name
The name for tulips comes from the headdress worn by many Middle Eastern peoples known as a turban or taliban. In Latin, this translates to "tulipa." Read more about tulips here.
Violet Flower Name
English name derived from the vocabulary word, from Latin viola, meaning "violet color" or "violet flower." Learn more about violet flower symbolism.
Wisteria Flower Name
A vine with purple blossoms, named for the eighteenth century Philadelphia physician, Caspar Wistar. Read more about wisteria here.
Zinnia Flower Name
A flower named for the German botanist Johann Zinn. The original zinnias were found in the early 1500s in the wilds of Mexico. Learn more about zinnia flower symbolism.
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