The Victorian Flower Code

The Victorian Flower Code was a means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies, an art which has a following today. If you wish to know more about Victorian flower then this book, A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion would be a perfect fit for you.


Flower Name Color Meaning Scientific Name
Acacia white Friendship ACACIA
Acacia yellow Secret Love ACACIA
Acanthus multi Art ACANATHUS mollis
Allium multi Unity; Humility ALLIUM
Almond, Flowering pink Indiscretion; Hope PRUNUS
Almonds (nut) brown Giddiness; Heedlessness ALMOND
Aloe green Bitterness ALOE vera
Alyssum yellow Worthy Beyond Beauty ALYSSUM
Amaranth multi Immortality; Unfading Amaranthus
Amaryllis pink Pride; Timidity; Splendid Beauty AMARYLLIS
Anemone orange Forsaken; Withered Hopes; Illness ANEMONE
Anemone, Windflower multi Desertion ANEMONE
Angelica white Inspiration ANGELICA archangelica
Apple Blossom white Preference ROSACEAE
Arbonvitae green Unchanging Friendship THUJA
Arbutus green Thee Only Do I Love ARBUTUS
Ash tree Grandeur FRAXINUS
Asphodel yellow Remembered Beyond The Tomb ASPHODELINE lutea
Aster purple` Afterthought; Love of Variety ASTER
Aster, Double German multi Variety ASTER
Azalea multi First Love; Temperance RHODODENRON
Bachelor’s Button blue Celibacy; Hope; Single Blessedness CENTAUREA
Balm of Gilead tree Healing POPULUS
Balsamine multi Impatience IMPATIENS balsamina
Barberry tree Petulance; Ill Tempered BERBERIS
Basil green Best Wishes OCIMUM
Basket of Gold yellow Calm; Reconcilliation AURINIA saxatilis
Bay Leaf green I Change LAURUS nobilis
Beech tree Lover’s Tryst; Prosperity FAGUS
Begonia multi Deformed BEGONIA
Begonia red Dark Thoughts BEGONIA
begonia purple
Bell Flower white Gratitude CAMPANULA
Belladonna pink Silence AMARYLLIS
Belles of Ireland green Good Luck MOLUCCELLA
Birch tree Grace; Elegance BETULA
Bittersweet Nightshade yellow, orange Truth CELASTRUS
bleading heart
Bluebell blue Constancy ENDYMION
Borage blue Abruptness BORAGE officinalis

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